2022 – Real Madrid beat Liverpool to win the Champions League on a night marred by security concerns

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

But the night was unfortunately marred by security issues outside the stadium, with fans climbing over the goal and others being tear gassed in scenes that will be talked about for days to come.

It wasn’t great for most of the game; It appeared that white shirts were constantly strewn across the penalty area as they desperately tried to dodge wave after wave of Liverpool’s attacks.

Chances were few and far between for Carlo Ancelotti’s team, but they only needed one. Vinicius Jr. looked completely unchecked in the far corner within an hour as he parried Federico Valverde’s low cross to seal Real Madrid’s 1-0 win and their 14th European title.

Real Madrid defender Nacho described what his team achieved in the Champions League knockout stages as “magical” and many wondered if such an unexpected escape was possible outside the Bernabeu.

But doubt the SR at your own risk. This team always has one more trick up their sleeve.

When the final whistle blew, Real Madrid’s bench blew and emptied on the pitch. Excited, some players fell to the ground and others ran to share the moment with their fans.

It’s been another night of trials and tribulations for Real Madrid in the Champions League this season, but there’s not much anyone can do – even the great Liverpool team – when Los Blancos She seems to have a date with fate.

Ancelotti summed it up, perhaps as one would like. “This club is special,” he said.

Ugly scenes before the match

Real Madrid fans nearly filled the end of the field more than an hour before kick-off, giving their players a standing ovation as they emerged from the tunnel to warm up.

It took a little longer for the Liverpool fans to reach the floor, but those who took their seats sang the red-clad men with a roar performance of “You’ll Never Walk Alone” as the warm-up period ended.

The atmosphere created by both fans was shimmering and there was electricity in the air meant only for such occasions.

However, kick-off was delayed by more than 35 minutes due to the hateful scenes outside the stadium, with many fans banned and the use of tear gas by authorities.

Some fans were seen scrambling over the closed gates to make their way to the ground where the narrow doorways formed dangerous choke points.

UEFA issued a statement saying: “The turnstiles have been blocked at the end of Liverpool by thousands of fans who have bought fake tickets that do not work at the turnstiles.”

She added, “As the numbers continued to increase outside the stadium after the match started, the police dispersed them with tear gas and forced them to leave the stadium.”

“UEFA sympathizes with those affected by these events and will urgently investigate this matter with the French police, the French authorities and the French Football Federation,” he added.

A spokesman for the Paris police said: “People without tickets broke through the barriers and tried to enter the stadium to watch the match. These attempts led to a crowd movement.”

Liverpool said in a statement that it was “deeply disappointed” by the problems outside the stadium and called for an official investigation.

“I haven’t been able to speak to my family yet, but I know families have had a lot of trouble getting to the stadium,” Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said after the match.

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

Liverpool fans struggled to get into the stadium before the match.

The length of the delay meant the teams had to reappear for the second warm-up before the match started.

With both groups preparing for their original domestic kick-off time of 21:00 – and only receiving an update on the field fifteen minutes later – there was perceptible tension in the air and muddled conversations among the fans.

But the appearance of FIFA President Gianni Infantino on the big screen woke the fans from their slumber as they were greeted with boos and jeers from all over the stadium.

When singer Camila Cabello finally began her pre-match conversation about half an hour into the match, fans on both sides took turns to drown out her chants, which were barely heard via Real’s “Ole, Ole, Ole” song. And Liverpool Alize, Alice, Alize.

Liverpool domination

The delay obviously affected the players as both teams struggled to find any rhythm in the early stages. Passes strayed, passes veered, and both sides struggled to break through enemy territory.

When the first chance finally came after more than 15 minutes, it was thanks to the superb solo work of Trent Alexander-Arnold, who got past two Real Madrid defenders before making a low cross into the penalty area.

Mohamed Salah was there to take it but it came a little awkward and Thibaut Courtois was just right for that. Salah’s second chance came shortly after, but it went straight to the Real Madrid goalkeeper.

It was the first time either side had been able to put constant pressure on the other and soon Liverpool fans started groaning again as Alexander-Arnold hit the crossbar when he was well positioned inside the penalty area.

After more than five minutes of incessant red-shirt strikes on the Real Madrid defence, Sadio Mane thought he had scored the first goal, only for Courtois, improbably, to put his hand in his shot and hit the post.

It is a testament to how amazing the display most Liverpool fans at the other end of the field have already begun to celebrate in anticipation of the curling nets.

At that moment, after about 30 minutes, Real’s best crowd was a cross from Vinicius that looked ready to cause Alisson problems against Liverpool for a split second.

A clear pattern is now emerging. Those in white were crammed in half, shaken and unable to escape Liverpool’s attack.

Vinicius Jr. scores the only match in the final.

Real fans continued to sing and wave flags and scarves to breathe life into their struggling team. They had the best seats in the house to witness a near-perfect first half for Liverpool but fortunately the only thing they didn’t see up close was the goal.

Then, out of nowhere, it looked like Carlo Ancelotti’s side had completely taken the initiative against the flow of play. After the ball bounced around the penalty area, Benzema rushed to put the ball under Alisson, only to see his goal immediately ruled out by the assistant referee’s flag.

What initially seemed like a minor offside decision ended up taking what seemed like an eternity to be confirmed as VAR officials struggled to determine if the first ball had fallen from a Liverpool player.

After a nerve-wracking wait, the Reds finally celebrated heartily when the offside decision was confirmed. It was a suitably exciting end to an exciting first half.

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He was familiar with the way the second half began as Liverpool continued to put pressure on a Real Madrid side that seemed to be sinking quickly under the brunt of the event.

It was a strange sight. After all, this is the team that has made its mark in this competition, constantly rewriting records and achieving the seemingly impossible.

Then the goal came. It was against the flow of play, yes Liverpool seem to be the only team that will score in the first hour but in fact that goal is still inevitable. It always happens when Real Madrid plays.

Valverde found himself on the right side of the space and made a thrilling low pass over the goal while Vinicius was at the far post to hit the ball into the empty net.

Cue chaos. The concrete staircase at the Stade de France began to tremble as Real Madrid fans celebrated for nearly five minutes. Several torches were fired as that end of the stadium began to glow red and smoke filled the cool Parisian air.

Salah did his best to equalize for Liverpool, cutting into the goal and sending a superb shot towards the far post, but Courtois once again managed to avoid it with full force.

Thibaut Courtois put in a great goal-scoring performance for Real Madrid.

Courtois saves Real Madrid

Vinicius has been praised for his winning goal, but when the dust settles there will be talk of Courtois performing as one of the greatest goalkeepers ever in a Champions League final.

With the clock running out, Salah stopped again, this time moving the ball into the corner as Al Masry’s shot slammed into the far post.

“When the goalkeeper is the best player in the match, something goes wrong with the other team. We could have done better in the last third,” Klopp said after the match.

With each missed opportunity, the inevitability of a Madrid victory grew. Real fans felt it. So is Liverpool.

Although Klopp’s side kept pushing until the end, the celebrations for Real Madrid’s fans had already begun. The euphoria of joy when the full-time whistle blew was deeply tinged with relief – these fans know what the ordeal of that night was.

Real Madrid shouldn’t have gone this far. Three times during the campaign, defeat was written on his face and three times he somehow came out the other side.

But once in Paris, there was probably no doubt that this would be the end result.