Real fans revel as team beats local rivals to title
REAL Madrid fans descended into the streets of the Spanish capital in the early yesterday morning to celebrate a historic 11th European Cup win after beating local rivals Atletico Madrid on penalties.
"The 11th is here," fans chanted, with many expected to wait for their heroes to return from Milan with the trophy at the Plaza de Cibeles - a traditional meeting point for Real's trophy celebrations.
At Real's Santiago Bernabeu stadium, around 50,000 supporters followed the action from a tense final on four giant television screens.
Three-time World Player of the Year Cristiano Ronaldo struck the winning spot-kick after Atletico's Juanfran was the only player to miss in the shootout when his low effort came back off the post.
It is the second time in three years that Real have defeated Atletico in the final.
"I am delighted. Two Champions League titles in three years, it is incredible," said Monica Gonzalez, a 25-year-old Real fan.
"They (Atletico) deserved it. They almost played better. I am happy my team won but it could have been any of the two teams."
Madrid is the only city ever to have two representatives in a Champions League final.
However, Gonzalez's boyfriend Jaime de Francisco, an Atletico fan, could not hide his disappointment as once again the red and white half of Madrid was forced to live in Real's shadow.
Just 500m away from wild scenes of celebration at Cibeles, the Neptuno fountain - where Atletico fans go to celebrate their triumphs - was empty.
It is the third consecutive year that Atletico have exited the Champions League at the hands of Real.