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Champions League: Madrid win their 14th title against Liverpool

The joy of the people of Madrid, European champions after their victory, 1-0 in the final against Liverpool, on May 28, 2022 at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis. (©AFP/JAVIER SORIANO)

Eternal and unsinkable. Real Madrid maintained its European legend on Saturday May 28, 2022 by winning its fourteenth Champions League at the expense of liverpool (1-0), dominating, but defeated at the Stade de France, after a final disrupted by major logistical problems.

A huge game from goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois in goal and a goal from Vinicius (59th) was enough for the people of Madrid to win a long closed final and started more than thirty minutes late due to problems with access for fans around the stadium at St Denis.

Strong minded

This outcome was less crazy than the previous rounds but we still saw the mental strength of this Real, who had won “hard” all season, against Paris Saint-Germain (0-1/3-1) , Chelsea (3-1/2-3 ap) then Manchester City (3-4/3-1 ap).

” I can not believe. We had a fantastic season, ”savored Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti on BT Sport, who won his fourth C1 as a technician, the second with Real after 2014.

In Saint-Denis, the Italian especially saw the defenders shine, with a beautiful duel between Dani Carvajal and Luis Diaz or a big game from Ibrahima Konaté, full of authority but defeated for his first C1 final.

Benzema’s fifth

Karim Benzema won his fifth out of five. He did not score, a goal having been disallowed for offside by the French referee Clément Turpin (43rd), but the top scorer of the C1 (15 goals) this season scored decisive points for the Ballon d’ Gold, beating his rivals Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mané.

“In club I can not do better. We’ll see what happens, but I’m proud of what I’ve achieved, ”savored the French center-forward on Canal +, who returned to one unit from Francisco Gento’s record (6 C1 wins).

This is the first for young French internationals Ferland Mendy and Eduardo Camavinga.

The Real institution now has twice as many C1 (14) as its first pursuer on the list, AC Milan (7). The “White House” has reinstalled its hegemony over European football.

The joy of Karim Benzema, after the victory, 1-0 against Liverpool, in the final of the Champions League, May 28, 2022 at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis.
The joy of Karim Benzema, after the victory, 1-0 against Liverpool, in the final of the Champions League, May 28, 2022 at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis. (©AFP/Anne-Christine POUJOULAT)

Records for Ancelotti

Ancelotti also breaks records, with his fourth victory on the bench, adding both to the head of AC Milan (2003, 2007), and even two as playing “rossonero” (1989, 1990).

“I’m the man of records,” joked the Italian.

In Liverpool, Jürgen Klopp is still far from these figures. After having “learned the hard way” by “losing a lot of finals”, he was starting to win, that of C1 2019 against Tottenham (2-0), the two English cups this season, but his famous “gegenpressing” (counter-pressing ) did not stifle the “veterans” (the word is from Ancelotti) of Real.

The joy of the Italian coach of Real Madrid, after the victory, 1-0 against Liverpool, in the final of the European Cup, on May 28, 2022 at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis.
The joy of the Italian coach of Real Madrid, after the victory, 1-0 against Liverpool, in the final of the European Cup, on May 28, 2022 at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis. (©AFP/Anne-Christine POUJOULAT)

Courtois disgusts Salah

Liverpool did not raise their 7th C1 and fell again against Real, as in 2018 (3-1).

Mohamed Salah, he lost another final, after that of the African Cup with Egypt as well as the dam to go to the World Cup, both times against Senegal of his teammate Mané.

We missed a goal, regardless of the type of goal. It’s like that, you have to accept it, it’s hard to swallow but you accept it.

Jurgen KloppLiverpool manager

The Liverpool machine, dominating and multiplying hot situations in the first period, cracked on its weak point, in the back of Trent Alexander-Arnold, who did not control Vinicius at the far post, scorer on a cross in the 2nd dangerous action Real of the match.

On the first, Clément Turpin had to judge a complex action, assisted by the video. The French referee finally refused a goal to Karim Benzema, offside, on an action where Fabinho nevertheless perhaps puts the N.9 in play by touching the ball (43rd).

Real Madrid's Brazilian striker Vinicius Junior opens the scoring against Liverpool in the European Cup final on May 28, 2022 at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis.
Real Madrid’s Brazilian striker Vinicius Junior opens the scoring against Liverpool in the European Cup final on May 28, 2022 at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis. (©AFP/Thomas COEX)

Scenes of chaos at the Stade de France

But the worst mess of the match took place before the meeting.

Kick-off had to be delayed by 36 minutes due to difficulties accessing the stadium, an unprecedented hiccup in the recent history of C1 finals.

The pre-match was marked by scenes of chaos, with long queues, spectators shouting their anger and others trying to climb the gates surrounding the Stade de France, prompting the intervention of security forces. the order and the use of tear gas.

Dozens of arrests

At 11:45 p.m., according to a first provisional report from the Ministry of the Interior, there were in Paris and Saint-Denis “53 arrests and 24 police custody”, with 115 supporters slightly injured. The post-match dispersion nevertheless took place “without difficulty”.

UEFA explained the mess “by thousands of spectators buying fake tickets that didn’t work”, while Liverpool called for an investigation.

Source: © 2022 AFP

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