Why Real Madrid Played ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ After Eliminating Liverpool From the Champions League

Why Real Madrid Played ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ After Eliminating Liverpool From the Champions League

Isaac Darko
March 16, 2023 at 7:53 AM
  • Real Madrid played Liverpool's anthem at their stadium after beating them
  • They pipped the Reds 1-0 at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium on Wednesday
  • The defending champions progressed to the quarterfinals on 6-2 aggregate

A familiar tune rang out at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium after Real Madrid's 1-0 win over Liverpool on Wednesday night.

The Spanish giants had one foot in the quarterfinals after recording a resounding 5-2 victory in the first leg at Anfield three weeks ago.

They then got the job done thanks to a 78th-minute solitary strike from their captain Karim Benzema, to advance to the last eight on an emphatic 6-2 aggregate.

Real Madrid, Liverpool, You'll never walk alone
Players of Real Madrid and Liverpool exchange pleasantries after their Champions League game at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium. Photo by Chris Brunskill.
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However, the 14-time European champions showed true class after referee, Felix Zwayer blew his whistle to bring the game to an end.

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Instead of the defending champions playing their usual Hala Madrid anthem, they showed respect to Liverpool and played the Reds anthem You'll Never Walk Alone at the 81,000-capacity stadium.

Why Real Madrid played YNWA

According to Real Madrid manager, Carlo Ancelotti, Los Blancos played the Reds' anthem as a sign of gratitude after the Premier League club previously paid tribute to the club's honorary president, Amancio Amaro.

Amaro passed away on February 21, the same day Liverpool hosted Real Madrid in the first-leg encounter. Before the game, the Reds laid flowers at Anfield, a gesture Ancelotti's side reciprocated by playing the losing team's anthem.

"The tribute to Liverpool has been very good because they are a gentlemen's club," Ancelotti said in his post-match press conference, via Euro Foot.
"They honoured Amancio in the first leg and it's a fair gesture from our club towards them."

Vinicius destroys Arnold

Sports Brief previously reported on Vinicius Junior continuing from where he left off in the first leg as Real Madrid and Liverpool clashed in a last 16 reverse fixture in the Champions League on Wednesday evening.

The zippy winger notched a brace as the Spanish giants stormed from two goals down to secure an impressive 5-2 fightback win over the Premier League giants. He was completely merciless on the left flank.

Vinicius terrorised Trent Alexander-Arnold as the Brazilian sought to exploit the channel to extend Madrid's advantage in the tie. In one of their duels, the Madrid man combined his strength, pace, and trickery.

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Isaac Darko is a La Liga, Ligue 1 and Bundesliga editor at Sports Brief with a Degree in Journalism and Communications from Ghana Institute of Journalism (2010)
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