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Real Madrid beat Liverpool to win the Champions League title on a night marred by security concerns

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No matter how dangerous the situation seems, no matter how unlikely victory seems, the white team always seems to find a way to win.

However, the night was unfortunately marred by security concerns outside the stadium, resulting in fans climbing through gates and others being tear-gassed in scenes to be discussed in the coming days.

For much of the match it was not pretty; The white shirts, it seemed, were constantly scattered around the penalty area as they desperately tried to repel wave after wave of Liverpool attacks.

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Chances were few and far between for Carlo Ancelotti’s side, but they only needed one. Vinicius Junior appeared completely unmarked at the far post around the hour mark to deflect a low cross from Federico Valverde and secure the 1-0 win and Real’s 14th European crown.

Madrid defender Nacho described what his team had done in the Champions League round of 16 as “magic” and many wondered if those unlikely escapes were possible outside the Bernabéu.

But Real doubt at your own risk. This team always has an ace up its sleeve.

When the final whistle sounded, the Real bench exploded and emptied onto the grass. Out of joy, some players threw themselves to the ground and others ran to share the moment with their fans.

It was another night of trials and tribulations for Real in this season’s Champions League, but there is little anyone can do, even this remarkable Liverpool side, when The whites they apparently have a date with destiny.

Ancelotti summed it up perhaps as well as anyone can hope. “This club is special,” he said.

Ugly scenes before the match

Real Madrid fans nearly filled their part of the stadium more than an hour before kick-off and greeted their players with a thunderous welcome as they emerged from the tunnel for warm-up.

It took a little longer for the Liverpool supporters to filter to the ground, but those who had taken their seats serenaded the men in red with a screaming rendition of ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ as the warm-up came to a close. finish.

The atmosphere generated by both groups of fans was chilling and there was an electricity in the air that is reserved for just this kind of occasion.

However, the kick-off was delayed by more than 35 minutes due to unpleasant scenes outside the stadium, with many fans unable to enter and tear gas being used by the authorities.

Some followers were seen climbing through the locked gates to make their way to the ground as dangerous bottlenecks formed around the narrow entry points.

European football’s governing body, UEFA, issued a statement saying “the turnstiles at the Liverpool end were blocked by thousands of fans who had bought fake tickets that did not work at the turnstiles.”

He added: “As the numbers outside the stadium continued to increase after kick-off, police dispersed them with tear gas and forced them away from the stadium.”

“UEFA stands in solidarity with those affected by these events and will urgently review these matters together with the French police and authorities, and with the French Football Federation.”

A spokesman for the Paris Police Prefecture said: “People without tickets forced the barriers and tried to enter the stadium to watch the match. These attempts created crowd movements.”

In a statement, Liverpool said it was “hugely disappointed” by the problems outside the stadium and called for a formal investigation.

“I haven’t been able to speak to my family yet, but I know families had problems getting into the stadium,” Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said after the game.

“I heard some things that weren’t good, it was obviously quite complicated, but I don’t know more about it.”

Liverpool fans had trouble getting into the stadium before the match.

The length of the delay meant that teams had to reappear for a second warm-up before play began.

With both sets of fans gearing up for the original local kick-off time of 9pm, and no updates to the stadium until fifteen minutes later, there was a palpable tension in the air with lots of confused conversation among supporters.

But the appearance of FIFA president Gianni Infantino on the giant screens woke up the fans, as he was greeted with loud boos and jeers from the entire stadium.

When singer Camila Cabello finally started the pre-match entertainment almost half an hour after the match should have started, supporters from both teams took turns drowning out her barely audible chant over the ‘Ole, Ole, Ole’ from Royal. and Allez, Allez, Allez of Liverpool.’

Liverpool dominance

The delay had clearly affected the players, as both teams struggled to find any kind of rhythm in the opening stages. Passes were going wide, clearances were skewed and both sides were struggling to find any inroads into the opposition box.

When the first chance finally came after 15-plus minutes of play, it was thanks to excellent individual work from Trent Alexander-Arnold, who weaved his way between two Real defenders before nailing a low cross into the box.

Mo Salah was there to greet him, but he got to his feet somewhat clumsily and Thibaut Courtois was up to the task. Salah’s second chance came shortly after, but this one hit the Real goalkeeper directly.

It was the first time that one team had managed to put sustained pressure on the other, and Liverpool fans were soon groaning once more when Alexander-Arnold fired over the crossbar from well-placed inside the box.

After more than five minutes of continuous waves of redshirts pummeling the Real defence, Sadio Mané thought he had found the opening goal only for Courtois, improbably, to stick a hand into his shot and pat it on the post.

It is a testament to how remarkable the save was that most of the Liverpool fans at the other end of the stadium had already begun to celebrate in anticipation of the net rippling.

At this point, almost in the 30th minute, the best Real could do was a cross from Vinicius that seemed for a fraction of a second that it could bother Alisson in the Liverpool goal.

Now a clear pattern was emerging; those in white were locked in their own half, nervous and unable to escape Liverpool’s attack.

Vinicius Junior scores the only match in the final.

Real fans, to their credit, continued to sing and wave their flags and scarves in an attempt to bring their faltering team to life. They had the best seats in the house to watch Liverpool’s almost perfect first half, but luckily for them the only thing they hadn’t seen up close was a goal.

Then, out of nowhere, Carlo Ancelotti’s side seemed to have completely taken the lead against the course of the game. After the ball bounced around the penalty area, Benzema swooped in to put the ball under Alisson, only to see his goal immediately disallowed by the linesman’s flag.

What initially seemed like an easy offside decision ended up taking what seemed like an age to confirm, as VAR officials struggled to decide whether the initial ball had come from a Liverpool player.

Finally, after an agonizing wait, it was the reds who celebrated loudly when the offside decision was upheld. It was a suitably tense end to what had been a gripping first half.

real jumps

There was familiarity with the way the second half began to unfold, as Liverpool kept up the pressure on a Real team that quickly seemed to sink under the weight of the occasion.

It was a strange sight. After all, this is a team that has made a name for itself in this competition, constantly rewriting the record books and achieving the seemingly impossible.

Then the goal came. It went against the grain of the game, yes, with Liverpool the only team to score in the first hour but, in truth, this goal still felt inevitable. He always does it when Real Madrid plays.

Valverde found himself in space on the right and drilled a taunting low pass to the face of goal, with Vinicius on hand at the far post to touch the ball into an empty net.

Cue fuss. The concrete stairs inside the Stade de France began to shake as the festivities by Real fans lasted nearly five minutes. Numerous flares were lit as that end of the stadium began to glow red and smoke filled the chilly Paris air.

Salah did his best to drag Liverpool level, cutting inside and deflecting a wonderful shot to the far post, but Courtois was once again able to palm it to its full extent.

Thibaut Courtois put on an impressive display in goal for Real Madrid.

Courtois saves Madrid

Vinicius will take the plaudits for his game-winning goal, but when the dust settles, there will be talk of Courtois’ performance as one of the all-time greats by a goalkeeper in a Champions League final.

As the clock ticked down, he once again kept Salah at bay, this time flicking the ball back for a corner as the Egyptian’s shot headed for the far corner.

“When the goalkeeper is the man of the match, something is not right for the other team. In the last third we could have done better,” Klopp said after the match.

With each opportunity wasted, the inevitability of a Madrid victory grew. True fans felt it; so did Liverpool.

Although Klopp’s men continued to press until the end, the celebrations had already begun for the Madrid fans. The outpouring of joy as the full-time whistle blew was largely tinged with relief: Those fans know how terrible tonight was.

Real Madrid shouldn’t have come this far. Three times he faced defeat during the campaign and three times he came out the other side.

But once he got to Paris, perhaps there should be no doubt that this would be the end result.

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