Real Madrid, the undisputed king of Europe, has won yet another Champions League.
Chaos and disorder in the crowd ruined a European soccer game in another piece of art.
Madrid won the European Cup for a record-setting 14th time, which is twice as many times as any other team on the continent. They did this by beating Liverpool 1-0 in Saturday’s final, which started 37 minutes late because of trouble outside the Stade de France. It reminded me of how violent the European Championship final at Wembley Stadium had been 10 months ago.
In the 59th minute, Brazil’s Vinicius Junior scored the game-winning goal by finishing Federico Valverde’s shot across the face of the goal. Thibaut Courtois, the goalkeeper for Belgium, also got a lot of praise for his amazing saves on Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah.
Courtois said, “No one was going to get in my way today.” “No matter what, I was going to win a Champions League.”
It gave Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti his fourth European Cup title, the most ever won by a manager in the competition’s history. It also gave a Spanish giant that is used to winning titles the Champions League and La Liga double.
This time, there was no need for a dramatic comeback like the ones Madrid had to make to beat Paris Saint-Germain, defending champion Chelsea, and Manchester City in the knockout stage. It might be remembered as the hardest race to the title in the competition’s long history.
“We are the best,” Madrid striker Karim Benzema said. “We had to work hard to get to this final, and we deserved to win. Even though this team has been around for a long time, we showed everyone that we will always be here.”
Liverpool’s players ended a season that had so much potential—a week ago, the team was in the running for an unprecedented quadruple of major trophies—with only the two English domestic cups to show for it. Last weekend, they lost the Premier League title by one point and the Champions League to Madrid, even though Madrid only had one shot on goal in the final.
Liverpool couldn’t get past Courtois in its 64th game of the season. He turned Mane’s first-half shot onto the post and made an even better save on Salah’s shot in the 81st minute.
Liverpool has one of the best offenses in the world, so it’s hard to understand why they haven’t scored in any of their three cup finals this season. The FA Cup and League Cup were both won by the Reds in penalty shootouts after extra time ended in a 0-0 tie.
“Right now, nobody in the locker room thinks it was a great season,” Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said.
The Liverpool players stayed on the field to watch Marcelo, who has won so many trophies for Madrid even though he didn’t play a single minute of the final, be given the honor of lifting the trophy in front of fireworks and ticker tape.
Marcelo is one of many Madrid players to win a fifth Champions League title. Francisco Gento, a great Madrid player from the 1950s and 1960s, holds the record with six.
But for many, especially Liverpool fans, crowd problems before the game overshadowed this final. UEFA and the authorities are likely to look into these problems in the coming days.
Riot police used tear gas and pepper spray on Liverpool fans who had to wait in long lines to get into the biggest club game of the European season, which started late.
UEFA said that the chaos was caused by people who tried to get into the stadium without tickets.
“In the days before the game, thousands of fans who bought fake tickets that didn’t work at the turnstiles clogged up the Liverpool end,” UEFA said in a statement.
Some fans climbed over the stadium’s fences to get in. Others pushed past the security guards and ran onto the concourse before they were taken down.
Riot police with batons and shields ran from gate to gate to stop small groups of fans from pushing their way into the stadium.
Angela Murphy, a Liverpool fan, told the Associated Press through a fence, “I have really bad asthma, and I’ve been tear gassed twice.” “I’m really having a hard time.”
A delay was announced about 15 minutes before the game was supposed to start at 9 p.m. local time. Inside the stadium, people laughed and made fun of it.
Liverpool said it was “hugely disappointed” by the security problems its fans had, which were similar to what happened outside Wembley last summer before England played Italy in the Euro 2020 final. Most of that was because England fans tried hard to get into their own stadium.
Klopp said, “I know families had a hard time getting into the stadium.” “We’ll let the investigation find out what happened. It was pretty hard out there, that’s for sure.”