A very promising opening 20 minutes for Liverpool in tonight's Champions League final against Real Madrid turned to heartbreak when Mohamed Salah was forced off injured inside a half-hour.
After a nasty collision with Real Madrid's Sergio Ramos, Salah landed unfortunately on his shoulder.
An initial physio check seemed to clear Salah of any serious ramifications, however, after only a few moments trying to play on, the free-scoring Egyptian was down again.
In visible agony, and clearly devestated, Salah was forced off; with Adam Lallana coming on in his place.
You can watch the incident below.
The DIRTY play by Sergio Ramos to injure Mohamed Salah in the Champions League Final.
Salah went to the locker roompic.twitter.com/YUlGflB8p5
— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) May 26, 2018
Needless to say, Ramos was the object of many fans' scorn.
Sergio Ramos is a thug. To clearly target a fellow professional player with the aim of injuring him early in a Champions League final, ahead of a World Cup... Words fail me. #UCLfinal
— Ewan MacKenna (@EwanMacKenna) May 26, 2018
No way of knowing whether Ramos on Salah was deliberate but if I wanted to dislocate someone’s shoulder, that’s how I’d go about it
— Liam Twomey (@liam_twomey) May 26, 2018
— Peter Crouch (@petercrouch) May 26, 2018
— Richard Buxton (@RichardBuxton_) May 26, 2018
Anyone saying that Sergio Ramos didn't mean to injure Salah are missing the point. Ramos is a dirty player and dirty players always run the risk of injuring their opponents. #uclfinal
— Andrew Downie (@adowniebrazil) May 26, 2018
At Anfield, where a number of fans are watching the match on screens, booed rang around for the Spaniard.
Salah off. Lallana on. Ramos booed at Anfield pic.twitter.com/ZzJEkU6ODG
— Liverpool FC News (@LivEchoLFC) May 26, 2018
One image did show Ramos showing sorrow though.
— Indy Football (@IndyFootball) May 26, 2018