Champions League Final: Liverpool took on Spurs

Liverpool have taken the lead through a Mo Salah penalty within the first two minutes of the Champions League Final after a questionable hand ball decision by the referee.

The Egyptian forward hammered it past Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris, who dived the right way but couldn’t stop it. 

The referee pointed to the spot in the first minute after Spurs midfielder Moussa Sissoko unintentionally blocked a pass by Sadio Mane with his arm. 

But the decision was somewhat controversial as replays seemed to show the ball bounce off the Frenchman’s chest and inadvertently hit his lower arm.

Mo Salah celebrates in front of Tottenham supporters after firing home a penalty in the second minute of the all-English Champions League Final

The Egyptian forward hammered it past Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris, who dived the right way but couldn’t stop it

The Egyptian forward hammered it past Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris, who dived the right way but couldn’t stop it

The Egyptian forward hammered it past Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris, who dived the right way but couldn’t stop it

Salah kisses the ball for luck before hammering the penalty home

Salah kisses the ball for luck before hammering the penalty home

He drops to his knees and praying following his celebrations

He drops to his knees and praying following his celebrations

Salah kisses the ball for luck before hammering the penalty home (left) before dropping to his knees and praying following his celebrations 

The penalty decision was somewhat controversial as replays seemed to show the ball bounce off Sissoko's shoulder and inadvertently hit his lower arm

The penalty decision was somewhat controversial as replays seemed to show the ball bounce off Sissoko's shoulder and inadvertently hit his lower arm

The penalty decision was somewhat controversial as replays seemed to show the ball bounce off Sissoko’s shoulder and inadvertently hit his lower arm

Tottenham’s Harry Kane and Liverpool’s Mo Salah took to the field in front of a 70,000-strong crowd of roaring supporters in Madrid as both sides warm up before the first all-English Champions League Final since 2008.

Spurs fans rejoiced as news broke around an hour before kick off that their super striker would be starting as the club look to win their first trophy in 11 years.  

The return of Kane, Spurs’ top scorer this season with 24 goals in all competitions, is a major boost for the London club.

Tonight marks the first time Tottenham have reached the Champions League Final in their history, while it’s Liverpool’s second final in as many years, after falling to Real Madrid in Kiev 12 months ago. 

Harry Kane warms up before his first Champions League final

Harry Kane warms up before his first Champions League final

It's Mo Salah's second final in two years

It's Mo Salah's second final in two years

Tottenham’s Harry Kane and Liverpool’s Mo Salah have taken to the field in front of a 70,000-strong crowd of roaring supporters in Madrid as both sides warm up before the Champions League Final

A young shirtless Liverpool fan cheers on his team as players warmed up on the pitch ahead of their second Champions League final in two years

A young shirtless Liverpool fan cheers on his team as players warmed up on the pitch ahead of their second Champions League final in two years

A young shirtless Liverpool fan cheers on his team as players warmed up on the pitch ahead of their second Champions League final in two years

Hundreds of Liverpool supporters scale scaffolding outside Liverpool Central Station as they gear up to watch their side in a second Champions League final in two years

Hundreds of Liverpool supporters scale scaffolding outside Liverpool Central Station as they gear up to watch their side in a second Champions League final in two years

Hundreds of Liverpool supporters scale scaffolding outside Liverpool Central Station as they gear up to watch their side in a second Champions League final in two years

The rowdy supporters sang songs from the top of scaffolding outside the train station as thousands of supporters filled the streets of the city

The rowdy supporters sang songs from the top of scaffolding outside the train station as thousands of supporters filled the streets of the city

The rowdy supporters sang songs from the top of scaffolding outside the train station as thousands of supporters filled the streets of the city

Don't look down! Liverpool supporters balanced on the scaffolding at least two storeys up and belted songs out

Don't look down! Liverpool supporters balanced on the scaffolding at least two storeys up and belted songs out

Don’t look down! Liverpool supporters balanced on the scaffolding at least two storeys up and belted songs out 

A Liverpool supporter gets a quick forty winks on a bench at the fan zone in downtown Madrid before watching the game

A Liverpool supporter gets a quick forty winks on a bench at the fan zone in downtown Madrid before watching the game

A Liverpool supporter gets a quick forty winks on a bench at the fan zone in downtown Madrid before watching the game

A Spurs fan marches through north London waving two makeshift torches before watching his team in the all-English final

A Spurs fan marches through north London waving two makeshift torches before watching his team in the all-English final

A Spurs fan marches through north London waving two makeshift torches before watching his team in the all-English final

Spurs striker Harry Kane had his game face on as he made his way to the changing room ahead of kick off. Tottenham fans rejoiced when it was announced around an hour before kick off that he'd be starting

Spurs striker Harry Kane had his game face on as he made his way to the changing room ahead of kick off. Tottenham fans rejoiced when it was announced around an hour before kick off that he'd be starting

Spurs striker Harry Kane had his game face on as he made his way to the changing room ahead of kick off. Tottenham fans rejoiced when it was announced around an hour before kick off that he’d be starting 

Fans of Tottenham Hotspur cheer ahead of the UEFA Champions League final between Tottenham Hotspur FC and Liverpool at Plaza de Colon this morning. Their fans, along with Liverpool's, have been pictured searching for spare tickers in Madrid

Fans of Tottenham Hotspur cheer ahead of the UEFA Champions League final between Tottenham Hotspur FC and Liverpool at Plaza de Colon this morning. Their fans, along with Liverpool's, have been pictured searching for spare tickers in Madrid

Fans of Tottenham Hotspur cheer ahead of the UEFA Champions League final between Tottenham Hotspur FC and Liverpool at Plaza de Colon this morning. Their fans, along with Liverpool’s, have been pictured searching for spare tickers in Madrid

Spurs fans who've made the 1,000-mile trip get the party started early in the stands as kick off looms

Spurs fans who've made the 1,000-mile trip get the party started early in the stands as kick off looms

Spurs fans who’ve made the 1,000-mile trip get the party started early in the stands as kick off looms 

A Tottenham supporter shoot out in a pub in downtown Madrid - where they've been forced to retreat inside after a Uefa-enforced ruling that made fan parks off limits before the 8pm kick off

A Tottenham supporter shoot out in a pub in downtown Madrid - where they've been forced to retreat inside after a Uefa-enforced ruling that made fan parks off limits before the 8pm kick off

A Tottenham supporter shoot out in a pub in downtown Madrid – where they’ve been forced to retreat inside after a Uefa-enforced ruling that made fan parks off limits before the 8pm kick off

Tottenham supporters down their last few pints outdoors before pouring into pubs in the Spanish capital to watch the match

Tottenham supporters down their last few pints outdoors before pouring into pubs in the Spanish capital to watch the match

Tottenham supporters down their last few pints outdoors before pouring into pubs in the Spanish capital to watch the match

A family of Spurs fans back home in Tottenham can hardly contain their excitement as the club looks to win its first trophy in 11 years

A family of Spurs fans back home in Tottenham can hardly contain their excitement as the club looks to win its first trophy in 11 years

A family of Spurs fans back home in Tottenham can hardly contain their excitement as the club looks to win its first trophy in 11 years 

Tottenham Hotspur fans guzzle beer and dance in the streets of north London as Pochettino looks to win his first trophy in charge

Tottenham Hotspur fans guzzle beer and dance in the streets of north London as Pochettino looks to win his first trophy in charge

Tottenham Hotspur fans guzzle beer and dance in the streets of north London as Pochettino looks to win his first trophy in charge

Spurs fans dance in the street and lap up the sunshine as London roasts in 24C heat

Spurs fans dance in the street and lap up the sunshine as London roasts in 24C heat

Spurs fans dance in the street and lap up the sunshine as London roasts in 24C heat 

Spurs fans hoping their team captures its first European trophy in 35 years let off white and blue flares outside their new stadium in london

Spurs fans hoping their team captures its first European trophy in 35 years let off white and blue flares outside their new stadium in london

Spurs fans hoping their team captures its first European trophy in 35 years let off white and blue flares outside their new stadium in london

Liverpool fans in Plaza de Oriente

Liverpool fans in Plaza de Oriente

A Spurs fan makes his allegiances known ahead of tonight's final

A Spurs fan makes his allegiances known ahead of tonight's final

Liverpool fans take a selfie in front of a huge replica of the Champions League trophy in Plaza de Oriente as a Spurs fan makes his allegiances known ahead of tonight’s final 

Earlier today, there was a scramble for tickets in Madrid and fans were pictured holding up signs asking for tickets in a last minute bid. Some people have even been seen in t-shirts with ‘I need a ticket’ printed on the back. 

Uefa warned supporters looking for last minute-tickets to be aware of criminals acting as official stewards.

In a statement, a spokesman said: ‘The Spanish police has seized fake steward bibs, fake devices for the technical ticket check, as well as fake accreditations. 

Hours before the match kicked off, dozens of fans were turned back at security outside the stadium in the Spanish capital.

Police on horseback cleared the Plaza on the approach to security of everyone other than those who say they have tickets.

Two British football fans were arrested for trying to get into the stadium illegally. Policia Nacional said an officer had to be treated by medics after allegedly being assaulted by the suspect.

Singer John Power performs on backstage at Liverpool Fan Park ahead of the UEFA Champions League Final

Singer John Power performs on backstage at Liverpool Fan Park ahead of the UEFA Champions League Final

Singer John Power performs on backstage at Liverpool Fan Park ahead of the UEFA Champions League Final

A Liverpool supporter drinks a beer in a fan zone in downtown Madrid as he is encouraged by onlookers on portaloos

Liverpool FC fans enjoy the atmosphere at Liverpool Fan Park ahead of the UEFA Champions League Final against Tottenham

Liverpool FC fans enjoy the atmosphere at Liverpool Fan Park ahead of the UEFA Champions League Final against Tottenham

Liverpool FC fans enjoy the atmosphere at Liverpool Fan Park ahead of the UEFA Champions League Final against Tottenham

A fan looking for ticket in ahead of the UEFA Champions League Final at the Estadio Metropolitano

A fan looking for ticket in ahead of the UEFA Champions League Final at the Estadio Metropolitano

A fan looks for ticket in Plaza Mayor ahead of the UEFA Champions League Final

A fan looks for ticket in Plaza Mayor ahead of the UEFA Champions League Final

At 8 pm the Estadio Metropolitano will be bursting with nearly 70,000 football fans, but these men may not be included as they don t-shirts and signs in a desperate scramble for tickets ahead of kick off

Liverpool supporters at the team's fanzone at Plaza Salvador Dali in Madrid, one with an active red flare in his mouth

Liverpool supporters at the team's fanzone at Plaza Salvador Dali in Madrid, one with an active red flare in his mouth

Liverpool supporters at the team’s fanzone at Plaza Salvador Dali in Madrid, one with an active red flare in his mouth

Fans look for tickets ahead of the Champions League Final at the Estadio Metropolitano, trying their hand at using both Spanish and English on their signs. UEFA officials have warned of fake stewards selling phony tickets at the stadium

Fans look for tickets ahead of the Champions League Final at the Estadio Metropolitano, trying their hand at using both Spanish and English on their signs. UEFA officials have warned of fake stewards selling phony tickets at the stadium

Fans look for tickets ahead of the Champions League Final at the Estadio Metropolitano, trying their hand at using both Spanish and English on their signs. UEFA officials have warned of fake stewards selling phony tickets at the stadium 

A Liverpool FC fan has at least half of his sight set on glory as he displays a contact lens with Liverpool shield on it

A Liverpool FC fan has at least half of his sight set on glory as he displays a contact lens with Liverpool shield on it

A Liverpool FC fan has at least half of his sight set on glory as he displays a contact lens with Liverpool shield on it

‘This makes us believe that an organised group of people, impersonating genuine stewards or officials might try to act as if they were conducting the visual or technical ticket check, with the aim of stealing tickets during such controls.

‘Supporters should therefore make sure they only show their tickets at the clearly marked check zones and not to individuals or small groups of people who could be wearing fake bibs and might approach them on the way to the stadium, outside of the official check zones.’

Graham Owen, from Chester, said he was one of the ‘lucky ones’ to get a ticket, which cost him 60 euros.

A fan of Tottenham Hotspur displays the dribbling ability of Spurs star Lucas Moura as she slaloms through revellers with pints clutched in her hands at the fan park in Plaza de Colon

A fan of Tottenham Hotspur displays the dribbling ability of Spurs star Lucas Moura as she slaloms through revellers with pints clutched in her hands at the fan park in Plaza de Colon

A fan of Tottenham Hotspur displays the dribbling ability of Spurs star Lucas Moura as she slaloms through revellers with pints clutched in her hands at the fan park in Plaza de Colon

Tottenham fans wearing masks of Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino pose with a replica trophy

Tottenham fans wearing masks of Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino pose with a replica trophy

Tottenham fans wearing masks of Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino pose with a replica trophy

The drinks are flowing as three Tottenham Hotspur fans pose for a picture outside in the Spanish sunshine

The drinks are flowing as three Tottenham Hotspur fans pose for a picture outside in the Spanish sunshine

The drinks are flowing as three Tottenham Hotspur fans pose for a picture outside in the Spanish sunshine 

Former Real Madrid player Roberto Carlos poses with the Champions League Trophy inside the stadium in Madrid

Former Real Madrid player Roberto Carlos poses with the Champions League Trophy inside the stadium in Madrid

Former Real Madrid player Roberto Carlos poses with the Champions League Trophy inside the stadium in Madrid

The atmosphere has ramped up considerably since this morning when those in the streets were a committed few mingling with locals and a smattering of fans looking for spare tickets to the final. Liverpool fans are pictured in downtown Madrid

The atmosphere has ramped up considerably since this morning when those in the streets were a committed few mingling with locals and a smattering of fans looking for spare tickets to the final. Liverpool fans are pictured in downtown Madrid

The atmosphere has ramped up considerably since this morning when those in the streets were a committed few mingling with locals and a smattering of fans looking for spare tickets to the final. Liverpool fans are pictured in downtown Madrid

A man with the Liver Bird of Liverpool tattooed on his chest manages to encapsulate the party atmosphere in the fan zone

A man with the Liver Bird of Liverpool tattooed on his chest manages to encapsulate the party atmosphere in the fan zone

A man with the Liver Bird of Liverpool tattooed on his chest manages to encapsulate the party atmosphere in the fan zone

The atmosphere in Spain's capital is jovial even as both sets of fans traipse around the city in search of spare tickets for the final, and contend with a ruling that will see the fan parks - and their screens - made off limits just before kick off

The atmosphere in Spain's capital is jovial even as both sets of fans traipse around the city in search of spare tickets for the final, and contend with a ruling that will see the fan parks - and their screens - made off limits just before kick off

The atmosphere in Spain’s capital is jovial even as both sets of fans traipse around the city in search of spare tickets for the final, and contend with a ruling that will see the fan parks – and their screens – made off limits just before kick off 

Stadium staff members dress the tunnel as they put the finishing touches to the theatre that will host tonight's spectacle

Stadium staff members dress the tunnel as they put the finishing touches to the theatre that will host tonight's spectacle

Stadium staff members dress the tunnel as they put the finishing touches to the theatre that will host tonight’s spectacle 

A general view of the stadium ahead of the UEFA Champions League Final at the Estadio Metropolitan (Atletico Madrid's new stadium, also known as Wanda Metropolitano) as press ready themselves for a busy night down below

A general view of the stadium ahead of the UEFA Champions League Final at the Estadio Metropolitan (Atletico Madrid's new stadium, also known as Wanda Metropolitano) as press ready themselves for a busy night down below

A general view of the stadium ahead of the UEFA Champions League Final at the Estadio Metropolitan (Atletico Madrid’s new stadium, also known as Wanda Metropolitano) as press ready themselves for a busy night down below

Welsh Liverpool fans hold up a banner outside Wanda Metropolitano Stadium, where the final is being played tonight

Welsh Liverpool fans hold up a banner outside Wanda Metropolitano Stadium, where the final is being played tonight

Welsh Liverpool fans hold up a banner outside Wanda Metropolitano Stadium, where the final is being played tonight








A fan zone has been placed at the Felipe II square for Liverpool fans to gather before heading to the Wanda Metropolitano

A fan zone has been placed at the Felipe II square for Liverpool fans to gather before heading to the Wanda Metropolitano

A fan zone has been placed at the Felipe II square for Liverpool fans to gather before heading to the Wanda Metropolitano

Liverpool fans watching the final in Merseyside - wearing masks of Mohamed Salah - pose in front of a mural of their manager ahead of the match

Liverpool fans watching the final in Merseyside - wearing masks of Mohamed Salah - pose in front of a mural of their manager ahead of the match

Liverpool fans watching the final in Merseyside – wearing masks of Mohamed Salah – pose in front of a mural of their manager ahead of the match

Almost 200 Spurs fans could miss the game

Almost 200 Tottenham Hotspur supporters face a race against time to make the Champions League final after their flight was delayed by more than seven-and-a-half hours.

One of the charter flights laid on by Thomas Cook to make sure supporters made it to tonight’s showdown against Liverpool in Madrid was grounded after a bird strike.

In a bid to get them to Spain, Thomas Cook flew one of its own planes from Manchester to Stansted on Saturday afternoon, but the flight only left just before 5.30pm UK time.

The 180 passengers will have just one hour before kick off to disembark, get through security and make it to the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium which is about 3km (1.8 miles) from Madrid-Barajas airport. 

One fan whose blood pressure was sent through the roof by the delay was Rob White.

He tweeted this morning: ‘So @Freebird 09:50 Stansted to Madrid, still not taken off…’operational issues’…at least another hour. Anyone got a spare stadium ticket?’

It was not until mid-afternoon that desperate fans boarded the replacement plane.

Mr White posted: ‘The ‘Stansted Airport 190’ are now sitting on an actual plane after a 6.5 hour omnishambles!

Thomas Cook said in a statement: ‘One of our six chartered aircraft taking Tottenham Hotspur supporters to Madrid suffered a bird strike on its way to Stansted Airport and was deemed not safe to operate. 

The Liverpool supporter said: ‘The allocation is way too low for a 70,000-odd seater stadium to have 16,000 tickets for each team. It doesn’t seem fair that I’ve got a ticket and my mate hasn’t.

‘I’m afraid it’s just money – there will be people at the game in the corporate seats who haven’t got a clue about the game or what’s going on and that’s wrong, to me.’

His friend, Rob Hurst, who has travelled without a ticket, said the amount tickets were trading for on the black market was ‘ridiculous’.

‘It’s all about money, mate,’ he said.

‘The Europa League final was in Baku (Azerbaijan) – how can they have it there? It needs to be Spain, England, Italy or Germany every year, because it’s only really the teams from those countries who usually get to the finals.

‘There should at least be a big screen here. Madrid is one of the best cities in Europe – they’ve got to accommodate the fans.’

A Liverpool fan from the Wirral, who gave his name as Roger, said it was a mistake not to keep the fan zones open during the game.

The 52-year-old, who has a ticket for the match, said: ‘Fans are now going to be booted – where are they going to go? I can see there being trouble, really I can.’

His friend, a 20-year-old from Liverpool who went by the name Jacob, said he was disappointed to have to watch the match in a pub.

‘We are expecting 40,000 Liverpool fans here – where are we all going to go now?,’ he added,

Irish Spurs fan Jason McAuley said he and Liverpool-supporting friend Antony Lockley would find a pub in Madrid to watch the match if their unlikely quest for a last-minute ticket failed.

He said: ‘We are going to get up, have breakfast, and see what’s happening. In the time we’ve been out here, not a single person has been genuinely selling a ticket or even talking about it.

‘So if needs be we will find a pub somewhere to watch it in.

‘One of us will be devastated for about an hour afterwards, so we will have a beer, give the other one a slap round the face to cheer them up a bit, then just got on with it and have a good night together as mates.’

But Mr Lockley said he was confident the city would be able to adequately cater for the influx of ticketless supporters.

A Liverpool supporter in Madrid enjoys the singing at the fan park as festivities ramp up ahead of tonight's big game

A Liverpool supporter in Madrid enjoys the singing at the fan park as festivities ramp up ahead of tonight's big game

A Liverpool supporter in Madrid enjoys the singing at the fan park as festivities ramp up ahead of tonight’s big game 

The Wanda Metropolitano is in stark contrast to the streets of Madrid as a police dog handler carries out security checks in the stands

The Wanda Metropolitano is in stark contrast to the streets of Madrid as a police dog handler carries out security checks in the stands

The Wanda Metropolitano is in stark contrast to the streets of Madrid as a police dog handler carries out security checks in the stands

Liverpool supporters gather in a fan zone in downtown Madrid, standing on top of portaloos and singing LFC songs

Liverpool supporters gather in a fan zone in downtown Madrid, standing on top of portaloos and singing LFC songs

Liverpool supporters gather in a fan zone in downtown Madrid, standing on top of portaloos and singing LFC songs

Liverpool fans in Plaza de Oriente ahead of the match. Spurs have reached the Champions League final for the first time in club's history while Liverpool have reached their second final in as many years

Liverpool fans in Plaza de Oriente ahead of the match. Spurs have reached the Champions League final for the first time in club's history while Liverpool have reached their second final in as many years

Liverpool fans in Plaza de Oriente ahead of the match. Spurs have reached the Champions League final for the first time in club’s history while Liverpool have reached their second final in as many years

Tottenham fans cheer ahead of the Champions League final between Tottenham Hotspur FC and Liverpool, at Plaza de Colon

Tottenham fans cheer ahead of the Champions League final between Tottenham Hotspur FC and Liverpool, at Plaza de Colon

Tottenham fans cheer ahead of the Champions League final between Tottenham Hotspur FC and Liverpool, at Plaza de Colon

Eyes on the prize, photographers are seen in the reflection of the gleaming Champions League trophy inside tonight's venue

Eyes on the prize, photographers are seen in the reflection of the gleaming Champions League trophy inside tonight's venue

Eyes on the prize, photographers are seen in the reflection of the gleaming Champions League trophy inside tonight’s venue

Tottenham fans pictured at their fan zone in Madrid ahead of Saturday night's game at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium

Tottenham fans pictured at their fan zone in Madrid ahead of Saturday night's game at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium

Tottenham fans pictured at their fan zone in Madrid ahead of Saturday night’s game at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium

Former Real Madrid player Roberto Carlos leaves Puerta del Sol Square carrying the Champions League Trophy

Former Real Madrid player Roberto Carlos leaves Puerta del Sol Square carrying the Champions League Trophy

Former Real Madrid player Roberto Carlos leaves Puerta del Sol Square carrying the Champions League Trophy

Spurs fans pictured in fine voice as the clock ticks towards their side's first ever Champion's League final ever

Spurs fans pictured in fine voice as the clock ticks towards their side's first ever Champion's League final ever

Spurs fans pictured in fine voice as the clock ticks towards their side’s first ever Champion’s League final ever 

'Allez Allez Allez' was the theme tune to Liverpool's road to Kiev in last year's tournament. Liverpool fans in Plaza de Oriente

'Allez Allez Allez' was the theme tune to Liverpool's road to Kiev in last year's tournament. Liverpool fans in Plaza de Oriente

‘Allez Allez Allez’ was the theme tune to Liverpool’s road to Kiev in last year’s tournament. Liverpool fans in Plaza de Oriente

An estimated 100,000 supporters of the two Premier League clubs have descended on Madrid for Saturday night's final

An estimated 100,000 supporters of the two Premier League clubs have descended on Madrid for Saturday night's final

An estimated 100,000 supporters of the two Premier League clubs have descended on Madrid for Saturday night’s final

Fans of Tottenham Hotspur enjoy the atmosphere ahead of the UEFA Champions League final where they take on Liverpool

Fans of Tottenham Hotspur enjoy the atmosphere ahead of the UEFA Champions League final where they take on Liverpool

Fans of Tottenham Hotspur enjoy the atmosphere ahead of the UEFA Champions League final where they take on Liverpool

The mood in the Spurs camp was of a similar party atmosphere as one fan gestures to the camera whilst clutching a pint

The mood in the Spurs camp was of a similar party atmosphere as one fan gestures to the camera whilst clutching a pint

The mood in the Spurs camp was of a similar party atmosphere as one fan gestures to the camera whilst clutching a pint

'Five times!': Liverpool fans in Plaza de Oriente displaying a banner with an extra Champions League title cheekily added

'Five times!': Liverpool fans in Plaza de Oriente displaying a banner with an extra Champions League title cheekily added

‘Five times!’: Liverpool fans in Plaza de Oriente displaying a banner with an extra Champions League title cheekily added

A Spurs fan lets off a smoke bomb at their fan zone in what was very much t-shirt and shorts weather in the Spanish capital

A Spurs fan lets off a smoke bomb at their fan zone in what was very much t-shirt and shorts weather in the Spanish capital

A Spurs fan lets off a smoke bomb at their fan zone in what was very much t-shirt and shorts weather in the Spanish capital

A Spanish policeman checks the bag of Liverpool supporter in Madrid amid warnings they will take a robust approach to any ill behaviour

A Spanish policeman checks the bag of Liverpool supporter in Madrid amid warnings they will take a robust approach to any ill behaviour

A Spanish policeman checks the bag of Liverpool supporter in Madrid amid warnings they will take a robust approach to any ill behaviour 

Tottenham are in their first ever Champions League final, while Liverpool are attempting to lift the trophy for the sixth time

Tottenham are in their first ever Champions League final, while Liverpool are attempting to lift the trophy for the sixth time

Tottenham are in their first ever Champions League final, while Liverpool are attempting to lift the trophy for the sixth time

Liverpool fans pose for a picture ahead of the UEFA Champions League Final at the Estadio Metropolitano

Liverpool fans pose for a picture ahead of the UEFA Champions League Final at the Estadio Metropolitano

Liverpool fans pose for a picture ahead of the UEFA Champions League Final at the Estadio Metropolitano

Three amigos soak up the Spanish sun and sip beers as the clock ticks closer to kick off in Wanda Metropolitano stadium

Three amigos soak up the Spanish sun and sip beers as the clock ticks closer to kick off in Wanda Metropolitano stadium

Three amigos soak up the Spanish sun and sip beers as the clock ticks closer to kick off in Wanda Metropolitano stadium

The Champions League trophy, not the actual one, looms over a pair of Liverpool fans posing in Plaza de Oriente, Madrid

The Champions League trophy, not the actual one, looms over a pair of Liverpool fans posing in Plaza de Oriente, Madrid

The Champions League trophy, not the actual one, looms over a pair of Liverpool fans posing in Plaza de Oriente, Madrid

Spurs fans enjoy the pre-match atmosphere in Madrid with sunny blue skies greeting supporters of both sides

Spurs fans enjoy the pre-match atmosphere in Madrid with sunny blue skies greeting supporters of both sides

Spurs fans enjoy the pre-match atmosphere in Madrid with sunny blue skies greeting supporters of both sides

A Liverpool fan wearing a mask of their manager Jurgen Klopp pictured in downtown Madrid ahead of the final

A Liverpool fan wearing a mask of their manager Jurgen Klopp pictured in downtown Madrid ahead of the final

A Liverpool fan wearing a mask of their manager Jurgen Klopp pictured in downtown Madrid ahead of the final

Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher with Spurs fan Jason McAuley and friend Antony Lockley at John Lennon Airport

Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher with Spurs fan Jason McAuley and friend Antony Lockley at John Lennon Airport

Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher with Spurs fan Jason McAuley and friend Antony Lockley at John Lennon Airport

Mounted police on guard as Liverpool soccer fans gather at Felipe II square in Madrid. Spanish police had warned that they would take a 'robust' approach to fans if they misbehaved, and they said yesterday that they had arrested four Britons

Mounted police on guard as Liverpool soccer fans gather at Felipe II square in Madrid. Spanish police had warned that they would take a 'robust' approach to fans if they misbehaved, and they said yesterday that they had arrested four Britons

Mounted police on guard as Liverpool soccer fans gather at Felipe II square in Madrid. Spanish police had warned that they would take a ‘robust’ approach to fans if they misbehaved, and they said yesterday that they had arrested four Britons 

A young Spurs fan is lifted above the crowd as hundreds of people queue for the bar in the team's Madrid fan zone

A young Spurs fan is lifted above the crowd as hundreds of people queue for the bar in the team's Madrid fan zone

A young Spurs fan is lifted above the crowd as hundreds of people queue for the bar in the team’s Madrid fan zone

The beer was flowing from first thing on Saturday morning for these Spurs fans gathered at the official fan park

The beer was flowing from first thing on Saturday morning for these Spurs fans gathered at the official fan park

The beer was flowing from first thing on Saturday morning for these Spurs fans gathered at the official fan park

Liverpool famously came back from the death to beat Barcelona in the last round. Pictured yesterday, a young boy prepares to volley a Barcelona football as Liverpool fans cheer him on

Liverpool famously came back from the death to beat Barcelona in the last round. Pictured yesterday, a young boy prepares to volley a Barcelona football as Liverpool fans cheer him on

Liverpool famously came back from the death to beat Barcelona in the last round. Pictured yesterday, a young boy prepares to volley a Barcelona football as Liverpool fans cheer him on 

He said: ‘I’ve been to Madrid many times and it is clear to me that this is a football mad city.

‘There are bars everywhere, there are more places to watch the game than you could imagine.

‘There’s not a shortage. It’s possibly an overly cautious step by the authorities not to put a big screen on for people to gather at, but everywhere will be showing it – there are Michelin-starred restaurants in Madrid which will have it on.’

Liverpool fans mingle with locals this morning in Plaza Mayor as the clock ticks towards tonight's final in the Metropolitano

Liverpool fans mingle with locals this morning in Plaza Mayor as the clock ticks towards tonight's final in the Metropolitano

Liverpool fans mingle with locals this morning in Plaza Mayor as the clock ticks towards tonight’s final in the Metropolitano

Several thousand extra police – including delegations from Merseyside and London – have been brought in to cope with the additional supporters in Madrid ahead of the final.

So far the build-up to the game has been relatively peaceful amid warnings from police that they will take a ‘robust’ approach to bad behaviour.

Officers also took measures to close down some outdoor drinking areas shortly after lunch on Friday afternoon in an effort to restrict noise around some of the residential areas. Four Britons were arrested with no further details made available.

 

 

 

 

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