‘Heroic, inexplicable, paranormal’ – Spanish media react to Real Madrid’s Champions League final win over Liverpool

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Liverpool’s hopes of an incredible treble were ended on Saturday night as they lost another Champions League final to Real Madrid.

Just like in Kyiv in 2018, it was Madrid who came out on top in the showpiece of 2022 in Paris, with Vinicius Junior’s second-half strike securing a 1-0 victory on the night and the 14th European Cup. Europe of the club in total.

This means Liverpool will have to settle for the FA Cup and Carabao Cup, having also come close to winning the Premier League.

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Here’s what the Spanish media made of Madrid’s triumph.

Louis Grandson, via AS

“The event will have a place in posterity as heroic, inexplicable, paranormal or supernatural. Or not so much if we talk about Madrid, 14 times European champion in 67 editions (one in five) and in six different decades. An enduring legend. Winner from the first to the last day of a competition of which he feels founder and protector. A triumph addict who has not won any of his cups for having brought together a great generation, who too, but has educated each generation, whatever its quality, to victory: Di Stéfano, the Yeyés, the García, the quintes Buitre and Ferraris. and the long saga that started in Cristiano and inherited from Benzema.

“Different footballers with identical demands. In Paris, he liquidated Liverpool, the last skyscraper, with a legendary goalkeeper, Courtois, and with an irreducible troublemaker, Vinicius. Only Bayern lacked to lift the cup by five points With four, it will be the most valuable of all time.The merit of this team is that their faith was even higher than that of their fans, which is saying something.

“The party came from behind. An organizational error caused the Liverpool supporters’ access area to collapse completely and the start had to be delayed by more than half an hour. UEFA owes an explanation. This forced a double warm-up of the teams and cooled the stands. The final deserved something else.

Christina Cubero, via Mundo Deportivo

“Real Madrid won their fourteenth Champions League, ‘La 14’, against Liverpool with a solitary goal from Vinicius in the 58th minute and after an authentic recital from Thibaut Courtois. The Belgian had proclaimed in preview that he was “on the bright side of history”, the reality is that he wrote the history of the final with five extraordinary saves in Salah and Mané.

“Courtois enlarged his figure, became haughty, dominated his field with overwhelming confidence and spread calm on his defense. Every ball Salah cleared was a message for his team. Every stoppage was confirmation that Real Madrid are not playing the final, they are winning it. Because Courtois is there to win them. He won’t be able to be at his brother’s wedding because he has to celebrate one more title. And this one he won.

“Real Madrid conquered ‘La 14’ with a goal from Vinicius, the player called to be the Mbappé who never arrived. The game came from the feet of that boar that is Valverde, a footballer with lungs and from the heart, Benzema let through and the Brazilian rode into glory with the fourth goal in 13 games in the competition Vinicius covered his face in tears.

Francesc J. Gimeno, via sport

“Real Madrid pulled off another miracle in the Champions League and lifted ‘Orejona’ for the fourteenth time thanks to a stellar performance from goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, which ended up becoming a nightmare for the Liverpool forwards. The ‘reds’ crashed again and again against the Belgian, while the madridista team settled for an isolated game from Fede Valverde which Vinicius culminated, in the whites’ only shot between the three posts during the 90 minutes, for the win over a Liverpool that had been clearly superior.

“Real Madrid came into the break alive thanks to Courtois, although the first half could have ended in a victory for the Whites in a twist that wouldn’t have surprised anyone, given the context with which the team ‘Ancelotti entered the final VAR got in the way which unexpectedly upheld the referee’s decision to disallow Benzema’s 43rd-minute goal for offside after more than three minutes of play. ‘uncertainty.

“But let’s go in parts. The first half was a ‘networked’ monologue in which Real Madrid played a secondary role. The ball was mostly Jürgen Klopp’s side, as were the chances, although in those instances Courtois would usually appear. It was no different this time.

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“Carlo Ancelotti returned to the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu this summer with a clear briefing, keep the season respectable until Kylian Mbappe can be signed in the summer of 2022, but he ended the campaign winning both the Liga Santander and the Champions League.

“Real Madrid have had a wonderful life in Europe this season, but they may have saved their best defensive performance for the most important game of the campaign. Difficulties off the pitch engulfing the Reds’ traveling support was a sign of disappointment ahead for Jurgen Klopp’s charges.

“The Premier League giants failed to find their usual rhythm, despite controlling much of the ball and creating chances on Thibaut Courtois’ goal.”

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