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Football: Real fans party as Atletico weep over dramatic Champions League final

Published on May 25, 2014 6:05 AM
Real Madrid supporters light flares after a team goal in Lisbon on May 24, 2014 during the UEFA Champions League final football match Real Madrid CF vs Club Atletico de Madrid. - PHOTO: AFP

MADRID (AFP) - Real Madrid fans decked in their team's meringue white erupted in joy in the Spanish capital on Saturday as they snatched their 10th Champions League title in a dramatic come-from-behind 4-1 victory in extra time over local rivals Atletico Madrid.

Delirious supporters who had been following the Lisbon match on giant screens or television cheered in Madrid's streets, set off firecrackers, beeped car horns and poured into the city centre to celebrate the end of their 12-year wait for the "Decima" - a 10th European trophy.

In Real Madrid's Bernabeu stadium in a posh part of the capital, an 81,000-capacity crowd watching the live replay on giant screens roared in delight and twirled their scarves in the air.

"It was time for the Decima. We have been waiting a long time," said a joyous 20-year-old student Angela Suarez as she watched Real move ahead on their way victory in a nail-biting Champions League final, the first in history to feature two teams from the same city.

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