No matter how perilous the situation seems, no matter how unlikely victory seems, the team in white always seems to find a way to win.
There was no comeback this time, as there had been against Paris Saint-Germain, Chelsea and Manchester City, but Real had to survive almost an entire game of dominance from Liverpool.
The night, however, was sadly marred by security issues outside the stadium, leading to fans breaking through the gates and others being targeted with tear gas in scenes that will be talked about for decades. days.
For much of the game, it wasn’t pretty; white shirts, it seemed, were constantly strewn across the penalty area as they desperately tried to fend off wave after wave of Liverpool attacks.
Chances were rare for Carlo Ancelotti’s team, but only one was needed. Vinicius Junior appeared completely unmarked at the far post on the hour mark to bring in Federico Valverde’s low cross and secure the 1-0 win and Real’s 14th European crown.
Real defender Nacho described what his side did in the Champions League Round of 16 as ‘magical’ and many wondered if these unlikely acts of escape were possible outside the Bernabeu.
But doubt Real at your peril. This team always has another trick up its sleeve.
When the full-time whistle sounded, Real’s bench burst and emptied onto the pitch. Overjoyed, some players collapsed to the ground and others ran to share the moment with their fans.
It’s been yet another night of trials and tribulations for Real in the Champions League this season, but there’s not much anyone can do – even that remarkable Liverpool side – when Los Blancos apparently have a date with fate.