AN estimated 70 000 English fans have descended on Madrid to watch the UEFA Champions League final in Madrid clash between Tottenham and Liverpool in the first all-English final since 2008.
Their fans will have to share 33 226 tickets for the final, which takes place in the 68,000-capacity Wanda Metropolitano Stadium, although many more travelled to Madrid in the hope of finding a ticket, or just to soak up the occasion as the two clubs compete for the biggest prize in club football.
An estimated worldwide audience of more than 350 million from over 200 nations is expected to tune in for the encounter between the two Premier League sides when they clash in Madrid.
The Reds, who lost to Real Madrid in last year’s final, finished two places and 26 points above Spurs in the Premier League.
The two sides had equally dramatic routes to the final. Liverpool beat Barcelona 4-0 at Anfield to overturn a 3-0 first-leg deficit. And Lucas Moura scored a second-half hat-trick as Spurs came from 3-0 down on aggregate to beat Ajax on away goals.
Both sides had only narrowly came through their groups, with Liverpool losing all three away games.
Tottenham have come within 20 minutes of being eliminated five times – in each of their final three group games, the quarter-final against Manchester City and against Ajax, when they were seconds away from defeat.
It is also the first final between two non-group winners since 2010 and the first not to feature a team who have won their own league in the 21st century.
The match is scheduled to start at 21:00 Central African Time.