Liverpool and Tottenham fans count down to Champions League final by getting into the spirit in sunny Madrid

LIVERPOOL and Tottenham fans are counting down to tonight's all-English Champions League final as excitement reaches fever-pitch in sunny Madrid.

Thousands of football lovers from across the world have descended on the Spanish capital for tonight's momentous game under glorious blue skies.

Cheering fans proudly wearing their team colours enjoyed a drink as they soaked up the electric atmosphere before tonight's clash.

Liverpool will be hoping to clinch their sixth Champions League title against first-time finalists Tottenham Hotspur – the first all-English final in a top tier European club competition since 2008.

HISTORIC NIGHT

Particularly exuberant fans were spotted wearing Bart Simpson heads, while one man entertained visitors with a suit of gold armour.

The historic final takes place on a hot weekend of bumper sport, in which Brits will sink 100million pints and munch 30million sausages.

Fans who haven't made it to Madrid are set to flood pubs and bars across the country as Britain enjoyed highs of 29C.

In Spain, footballers will be competing in a roasting 30C at 9pm kick-off, after highs of 32C this afternoon.

They'll be cheered on by 17,000 supporters from each side, while thousands more are expected to fill the 68,000 capacity venue.

BRITS ARRESTED

Despite high spirits, tens of thousands of English football fans in Spain faced the prospect of missing out on watching their team bid for European glory today.

Last night at least five British football fans were arrested in Madrid as footage showed Spurs fans being "battered" by cops last night.

It comes after cops with batons were filmed storming a city-centre bar in the Spanish capital as trouble flared on Friday night ahead of the game.

Nearly 5,000 officers are taking part in Operation Albion at Wanda Metropolitano stadium tonight.

The game will not start until 9pm local time – 8pm BST – but fans have been told to head for the stadium from 5pm onwards. The gates will open at 6pm.

Spurs fans have been urged to go to the Plaza Colon, named after Christopher Columbus, to catch their trains, and Liverpool supporters to go to the Plaza Felipe II, a long ago Spanish monarch, to get theirs.

Those who prefer other sports are spoilt for choice – Super Saturday includes the Tottenham Hotspur versus Liverpool clash in Madrid and Anthony Joshua boxing in New York, as well as the Cricket World Cup, the Epsom Derby, the Premiership rugby final and an England women football friendly.


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