Real Madrid won the Champions League for the record-extending 14th time on Saturday, defeating Liverpool 1-0 in a final that began 37 minutes late due to unruly crowds outside the Stade de France.

In the 59th minute, Brazil winger Vincius Jnior finished Federico Valverde’s cross across the face of goal with a close-range strike, giving Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti a record fourth European Cup title.

While Madrid won the Champions League and La Liga, Liverpool closed a season that promised so much — it was in contention for an unprecedented quadruple of major trophies just a week ago — with just the two domestic cups in England.
On May 28, 2022, Real Madrid striker Vinicius Junior (L) scores the opening goal against Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker in the Champions League final. (AFP)
The English club couldn’t get past Thibaut Courtois, who headed Sadio Mane’s first-half effort onto the post and then made an even greater stop to deny Mohamed Salah’s strike in the 81st minute.
“No one was going to stand in my way today,” Courtois remarked. “No matter what, I was going to win the Champions League.”
At fulltime, Vinicius dropped to his knees and buried his face. Many of his colleagues ran the length of the field to celebrate in front of the Madrid fans at one end.
Marcelo was given the privilege of collecting the trophy in front of a backdrop of pyrotechnics and tickertape, despite the fact that he didn’t even play a minute of the final.

Madrid reaffirmed its standing as European soccer’s king, owing to the fact that it has won twice as many European Cups than AC Milan, which is ranked second on the list.
And there was no need for the kind of heroic comeback that the Spanish giant had to pull off in the knockout stage to beat Paris Saint-Germain, defending champion Chelsea, and Manchester City.

It may go down in history as the most difficult road to the crown in the competition’s storied history.
Pre-match crowd concerns overshadowed the final for many, particularly Liverpool fans, and are set to be the subject of an investigation by UEFA and authorities in the coming days.

Tear gas and pepper spray were fired by riot police at fans waiting in huge queues to enter European soccer’s championship game, which had been postponed.
UEFA blamed the commotion on persons attempting to enter the stadium without valid tickets, without specifying where they came from.
“Thousands of fans who purchased bogus tickets that did not operate in the turnstiles clogged the turnstiles at the Liverpool end in the run-up to the game,” UEFA stated in a statement.

To gain access to the stadium, some supporters scaled the outside walls. Others pushed past security and dashed onto the concourse, only to be pulled to the ground.
Before the UEFA Champions League final football match between Liverpool and Real Madrid on May 28, 2022, fans climb the fence of the Stade de France. (AFP)
To prevent pockets of people from forcing their way into the stadium, riot police with batons and riot shields went from gate to gate.
Through a fence, Liverpool fan Angela Murphy told The Associated Press, “I’ve got pretty poor asthma and I’ve been tear gassed twice.” “I’m having a hard time.”
An announcement was made around 15 minutes before the intended start time of 9 p.m. local time that there would be a delay. Inside the stadium, it was met with jeers.

Last year’s mayhem outside Wembley Stadium before the European Championship final between England and Italy was eerily similar.


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