Soccer-Thousands of Real Madrid fans celebrate Champions league title with team

30/5/2022 12:31:00 AM

Soccer-Thousands of Real Madrid fans celebrate Champions league title with team

Soccer-Thousands of Real Madrid fans celebrate Champions league title with team

MADRID (Reuters) - About 400,000 jubilant Real Madrid fans flocked to the streets of the Spanish capital on Sunday to join the players for a celebration of their record-extending 14th European Cup triumph after the 1-0 win against Liverpool in Paris on Saturday.

Traffic restrictions had been in place all over Madrid since late on Saturday as supporters started gathering around the central Cibeles fountain to celebrate the team's fifth Champions League crown in nine years, secured by a Vinicius Jr strike just before the hour with Real's first attempt on goal.It was the perfect ending to the fairytale of an improbable hero who a year ago was tormented by criticism from media and fans who were questioning if the Brazilian youngster was worth the 45 million euros Real Madrid paid Flamengo when he was 17.There was a 36-minute delay to the kick off as police tried to hold off people trying to force their way into the Stade de France and trouble was still going on after the game started.Thiago was substituted with a muscle problem in the first half of Sunday's final Premier League game against Wolverhampton Wanderers and Fabinho has not played since hobbling off with a hamstring issue in the win at Aston Villa on May 10.

[L1N2XK0D3] Madrid's emergency services said 51 fans had received medical attention overnight due to burns from flares, falls, dizziness and bruises.The official celebration started on Sunday at 6pm local time when the victorious Real players paid their traditional visit to the Almudena Cathedral to offer the trophy to the Virgin of Almudena, patroness of Madrid.His low point was in October 2020 when team mate Karim Benzema was caught on camera giving a damning opinion of Vinicius to defender Ferland Mendy during halftime against Borussia Moenchengladbach in the Champions League.After passing through City Hall and local government offices for a meeting with the mayor and governor, the players arrived in an open-top bus at a packed Cibeles, where some the 400,000 fans were waiting around the famous fountain.Real thought they had scored just before the break but French striker Karim Benzema's effort was ruled offside after a lengthy VAR review.They stayed there for over an hour as Real captain Marcelo assumed the traditional responsibility of 'crowning' the Greek goddess statue.Vinicius fell out of favor with coach Zinedine Zidane and hit rock bottom but then Real lured back Carlo Ancelotti for a second spell last June following the departure of Zidane.Marcelo, in what is set to be the last of the 33-year-old's 16 seasons at the Spanish champions, placed a Real scarf around the head of the statue and a white flag with the club's coat of arms over her chest as his team mates and the fans waved their hands in the air to the sound of 'We Are The Champions'.The match is being played at the Stade de France after UEFA moved it from St Petersburg to Paris in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which Moscow calls a 'special operation'.

The players left Cibeles right after 10pm for a final three- mile run in the open-top bus to finish the party at the club's Santiago Bernabeu stadium where a stage was built on the pitch and almost 50,000 fans were waiting in the stands.With his calm guidance, Ancelotti gave Vini the confidence he needed to flourish."We are very proud to share this trophy here, in our home.Madrid is our starting point.Always with a huge smile and an energy that has made him a fan favorite in the Spanish capital, mainly with the young fans, Vinicius' persistence has gradually earned him the respect and trust of the dressing room and his blooming relationship with Benzema is one of the greatest comeback stories of recent years.From here, we've been able to transmit our values to the world," club president Florentino Perez said."This European Cup will be remembered as one of the greatest in the history for how they achieved it.Vinicius was decisive in Real's amazing run of comebacks against Paris St-Germain, Chelsea and Manchester City in the Champions League and again in the final against Liverpool, ghosting behind Trent Alexander-Arnold to score the winner from Federico Valverde's perfect cross in the second half.Teams: Liverpool: 1-Alisson Becker; 66-Trent Alexander-Arnold, 4-Virgil van Dijk, 5-Ibrahima Konate, 26-Andrew Robertson; 3-Fabinho, 6-Thiago Alcantara, 14-Jordan Henderson; 11-Mohamed Salah, 23-Luis Diaz, 10-Sadio Mane Real Madrid: 1-Thibaut Courtois; 2-Dani Carvajal, 3-Eder Militao, 4-David Alaba, 23-Ferland Mendy; 14- Casemiro, 8-Toni Kroos, 10-Luka Modric; 15-Federico Valverde, 20-Vinicius Jr, 9-Karim Benzema (Reporting by Fernando Kallas; Editing by Ken Ferris) Article type: metered.

Real Madrid have once again conquered the hearts of all fans."I want to thank all the fans.This is a club that have no owner, all of you are the owners of our own destiny." (Reporting by Fernando Kallas; Editing by Ken Ferris) Article type: metered.

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