Real Madrid win the 14th European Champions League

(Paris) Real Madrid strengthened its record by signing 14e European title thanks to the 1-0 win over Liverpool on Saturday in the Champions League final.

Updated yesterday at 6:32 PM.

Steve Douglas
News agency

The final match started 37 minutes late due to fans’ problems outside the Stade de France in Paris.

Once on the field, Brazilian Vinicius Junior scored the only goal of the match, at 59e Minutes after accepting a cross from Federico Valverde. The victory allowed coach Carlo Ancelotti to win the tournament for the fourth time, a record.

Photo by Javier Soriano, AFP

Real Madrid’s Brazilian striker Vinicius Junior celebrated his opening match with fellow striker Karim Benzema.

“We are the best,” said Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema. It was a very tough competition and we deserved to win this final. With all the history that this team has, we have shown everyone that we are still here. »

While Real Madrid completed the Champions League and La Liga double, Liverpool concluded the season with two Cups in England.

“In the dressing room, no one has the impression that we have just finished a very good season,” insisted Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp.

The English club was unable to frustrate goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, who blocked Sadio Mane’s shot in the first half. He tackled more excitingly in 81e Minutes at the expense of Mohamed Salah.

Today, no one will stand in my way. I was going to win the Champions League one way or another.

Thibaut Courtois, Real Madrid goalkeeper

Vinicius got to his knees and covered his face with his hands when the last whistle blew. Several of his teammates walked around the stadium to celebrate in front of the Real Madrid fans.

Liverpool players stayed on the field to watch Marcelo, who had not played a minute in the final, raising the trophy against a backdrop of fireworks.

Photo by Frank Fyfe, Agence France-Presse

Liverpool players after the defeat

Real Madrid cemented their position as the kings of European football. The Spanish team holds the European Championship twice over its closest rival, AC Milan. Liverpool stayed in six European titles.

Chaos before the clash

However, issues from the fans before the match marred this final match and will surely be investigated by UEFA and the authorities in the coming days.

Just 45 minutes before kick-off, there were still long lines of Liverpool fans waiting to walk out of the stadium. In some cases, supporters walked through security.

The Associated Press saw two fans – one dressed in Liverpool – being knocked to the ground by guards and taken out of the front doors. Others managed to enter the stadium.

The situation began to spiral out of control when riot police fired tear gas at Liverpool supporters who had lined up while others climbed fences. Police with batons and riot shields ran door to door to prevent groups of fans from entering the stadium without showing their tickets.

Photo by Christophe Inna, The Associated Press

Dozens of Liverpool fans had to wait for long minutes around the Stade de France before they could enter the venue where the European Cup final was scheduled.

UEFA blamed people who tried to enter the stadium without legitimate tickets.

“Before the start of the match, the turnstiles on the Liverpool side were closed by thousands of fans who bought fake tickets that did not work at the turnstiles,” UEFA said in a statement.

Photo by Lee Smith, Reuters

Real Madrid’s Luka Modric celebrates the Champions Cup.

About 15 minutes before kick-off, scheduled for 9pm in Paris, a delay was announced, blaming the fans’ late arrival at the stadium. This announcement was met with ridicule inside the stadium, given that these fans had already endured long lines.

The scenes brought to mind the chaos outside Wembley Stadium ahead of last year’s European Championship final between England and Italy.



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