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Match is a tale of two teams, one city, for fans in Madrid

Story by Danny Mortimer, with Bryan King and Julia Moss

MADRID – Outside City Hall late Saturday night, a man is on his knees, hands over his face, head pointed toward the sky as if in prayer. The screaming fans running past barely notice. They’ve got enough to think about. Real Madrid has won the championship in one of the most unexpected and anticipated contests ever between this city’s greatest rivals.

The party, which began hours earlier, shows no sign of stopping. “My family, my family,” the man on his knees repeats. “Congratulations, my family.”

Amid the celebration following Real Madrid's EUFA Championship celebration in the streets of Madrid, Eugiano Maloto was so overcome with emotion he dropped to his knees and prayed. Photo by Danny Mortimer.

Amid the celebration following Real Madrid’s UEFA Championship celebration in the streets of Madrid, Eugiano Maloto was so overcome with emotion he dropped to his knees and prayed. Photo by Danny Mortimer.

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For a commentary on covering the UEFA Final, click here.

Hours earlier, the battle lines were drawn. On every street and in every bar near the Plaza Mayor, the solid white of powerhouse Real Madrid can be seen alongside the striped uniforms of their scrappy, underdog neighbors Atlético Madrid.

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