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Fans in Milan celebrate Inter's Champions League victory

05-24-2010 08:54 BJT

MILAN, Italy, May 23 (Xinhua) -- Tens of thousands of fans took to the streets in Milan Saturday night to celebrate memorable Inter 2-0 over Bayern Monaco in the Champions League final at Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid.

In the night that celebrated 45 years since the last European Cup victory of the team, over 100,000 fans were able to watch the match on two giant television screens set up in Duomo square, in the center of Milan, which was filled with people dressed in Inter 's blue-black striped shirts.

Completely packed a little less than two hours from the starting whistle of the match, the heart of Milan assumed the shape of a stadium, entirely covered with flags hailing the team. Hundreds of banners celebrated Inter coach Jose Mourinho and Argentina striker Diego Milito, whose two goals gave Inter the triumph.

Fans invaded nearby streets, which were filled with many stands prepared for the occasion selling shirts, scarves, gadgets, balloons and whistles, as if they were out of a stadium. Other stalls were selling sandwiches and especially soft drinks in the hot evening in Milan.

An additional screen offering images of the Madrid final was placed in front of the Milan's Central Rail Station, where thousands of supporters arrived by train from all over Italy to experience the rite of final and celebrate victory in the streets.

"I feel so excited, like a crazy, this is a magic night," a girl dressed in blue and black, who named herself as Camilla, told Xinhua. "I'll spend all the night with my boyfriend and other friends wandering in Milan, dancing and singing to celebrate my beloved team's victory."

Many soccer fans from all over Italy came to the northern city to enjoy a stadium atmosphere, being impossible for them to buy tickets for the final in Madrid.

"We didn't manage to buy any tickets, so we left yesterday from Marche (central Italy) to reach Duomo Square and feel closer to our team," said two friends, Michele and Carlo. "It's very exciting for us to be here, tonight it's almost the same as watching the match at the stadium, with so many people celebrating all around us," he said.

"I came along with some 20 friends of mine from Turin, this is a historical day and I didn't want to miss this fantastic victory, " said Fabio. "We are going to the airport right now and wait for the team to return from Madrid, I can't wait to welcome it," he added.

Arrived in Milan Malpensa airport short soon before 5:00 early morning on Sunday, Inter players went to Meazza stadium, where a crowd of some 35,000 fans welcomed them with a rumble.

Cars and motorbikes adorned with the colors of Inter, packed with fans chanting slogans and waving big flags and plastic cups, roamed the city center for all the night untill Sunday morning.

Editor:Zhang Ning |Source: Xinhua

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