“I don’t get enough respect,” said Real’s Cortoya after the stunning performance

Real Madrid beat Liverpool 1-0 in the final of the Champions League, which started 37 minutes late due to crowd problems outside the Stade de France in Paris, to become the European champions for a record 14 times.

Brazilian winger Vinicius Jr. applied a close-range finish to a goal from Federico Valverde’s drive in the 59th minute, securing a win on Saturday night that brought Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti a record fourth European Cup title.

When Madrid completed the Champions League-La Liga double, Liverpool ended a season that had promised a lot – a week ago, they were in contention for an unprecedented four-time trophy with just two domestic cups in England.

The English team could not surpass Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, who tipped Sadio Mann’s first-half shot post and made a better save in the 81st over to put Mohamed Salah’s effort back.

“No one will stand in my way today,” Cortois said. “Anyway, I was going to win the Champions League.”

The former Chelsea goalkeeper made several great saves, especially the Reds’ dominance in the first half.

After the break, Vinicius Jr. scored the winning goal for Real.

“I said that when Madrid play in the final, they will win. I was on the good side of history, “said Cortois.

“I’ve seen lots of tweets come my way that I’m going to be humble today – it was the other way around.”

The 30-year-old Belgium international has won two Premier League titles with an FA Cup with Chelsea and has now added a Champions League winning medal to two La Liga titles with Real.

In the Champions League this season, he has made 59 saves with a save percentage of 80.56 and has five clean sheets.

Courtois made nine saves against Liverpool – the most by a goalkeeper on record in a Champions League final (since 2003-04).

“I had to win a final for my career today, for all the hard work I put into honoring my name because I don’t think I’m getting enough respect, especially in England,” he added at BT Sport.

“Even after a great season, I have seen a lot of criticism.

“I am really proud of the team. We stuck to it and I was there for the team when I needed to be there. “

Madrid have underlined their status as the king of European football, as AC Milan, the Spanish giants at number two on the double-digit list of the European Cup.

And this time Paris Saint-Germain, defending champions Chelsea and Manchester City lost in the knockout stages, the kind of excitement that the Spanish giants had to create.

This could go down in the long history of the competition as the worst race to win a title.

“I have a strong feeling that we will come again. The boys are competitive. We will have an outstanding group next season, “said Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp.

“Where is it? [the final] Next season? Istanbul? Book a hotel. “

When the Reds finished the campaign with two trophies, Klopp admitted that it was too early for them to appreciate what their players had achieved.

Klopp added to BT Sport, “No one in the dressing room thinks it was a great season.” “It simply came to our notice then.

“We played a good game, not a perfect one. The boys tried everything, especially at 1-0 and we played the way we wanted to.

Liverpool defender Andy Robertson conceded defeat was hard to come by.

Scotland left-back says the dressing room is quiet, dilapidated. “That’s when you can’t win the final.

“We had the opportunity, against an incredible defender. Although honestly we could have played better.

“We are a pressure team, it has done a lot for us but we have been caught [at the] Back post and that football.

“It’s hard to get back into the game against a very experienced team, they know how to watch the game.”

For many, especially for Liverpool fans, pre-match crowd issues have overshadowed this final, though, and could be the focus of UEFA and authorities investigations in the coming days.

Riot police fired tear gas and pepper spray at supporters waiting in long lines to enter the European football showpiece game, which delayed the kickoff.

UEFA has blamed the chaos on people trying to enter the stadium without valid tickets, without giving details of where they could come from.

“Before the start of the game, the turnstiles on the Liverpool side were blocked by thousands of fans who bought fake tickets that did not work in the turnstiles,” UEFA said in a statement.

Some supporters broke through the fence around the stadium. Others run out of safety and run to Concourse before wrestling on the ground.

Riot police ran from gate to gate with batons and riot shields to prevent fans from entering the stadium with their pockets closed.

“I’ve got really bad asthma and I’ve been given tear gas twice,” Liverpool fan Angela Murphy told the Associated Press through a fence. “I’m really struggling.”

It is reminiscent of the chaos outside Wembley Stadium before last year’s European Championship final between England and Italy.

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