By TALES AZZONI, AP Sports Writer
MADRID (AP)-Thousands of Real Madrid fans spent the early hours of Sunday celebrating the club’s latest Champions League title in the Spanish capital, and a big reception is planned for of the players at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium after the day.
Fans took to the streets of Madrid and filled the club’s traditional celebration venue, Cibeles square, after Madrid beat Liverpool 1-0 on Saturday for a record-extending 14th European title. Fans lit flares and sang club songs and anthem throughout the night.
Many of them were joined by 55,000 funders at the Bernabéu to watch the final game in suburban Paris. A large screen was placed in the midfield so fans could watch the game.
Vinícius Júnior scored in France’s second -half win to give Madrid their fifth Champions League title in nine seasons.
The crowd at the Bernabéu exploded when the goal was scored and then cheered loudly as captain Marcelo shared the trophy with the rest of the squad.
Both at the Bernabéu and at Cibeles, Madrid fans have always focused on the mocking songs of Kylian Mbappé, the Paris Saint-Germain star who last week announced that he would not be joining the Spanish club.
The team later on Sunday will park in town carrying the Champions League trophy on an open bus. The celebration will begin with a ceremony in a cathedral, then the squad will meet with local authorities and head to Cibeles, where most of the fans are expected to wait for the team.
Marcelo is expected to cover the statue of the goddess Cibele with a flag and scarf in Madrid.
At the Bernabéu, players speak to people and exchange the trophy among confetti and fireworks.
Less than a month ago, Madrid fans were already filling Cibeles square when the team won its 35th league title.
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