‘I have never seen the likes of this’: Madrid fans celebrate Diego Costa’s hat-trick
As Madrid’s win over Sevilla put a dent in their rivals’ hopes of claiming La Liga, they turned their attention to the trophy as the clock struck 20 minutes of extra time.
But with only a minute remaining in extra time, the game was stopped with an FA Cup semi-final replay.
The game was suspended for the restart because of a collision with a referee, and a decision was made to play out the replay.
After the penalty shootout, it was announced that the match was suspended because of the collision with the official, but there was no further explanation given.
Madrid fans celebrated as they made their way to the Santiago Bernabeu stadium, where they were presented with a bottle of champagne and a special T-shirt.
Santiago Bernabeueres fans were delighted to see the Madrid fans who had travelled from the Spanish capital return to the Bernabeuer, the club’s home ground.
“I had a fantastic time with all the Madrid players, the team, the supporters,” Bernabeucan player and defender Sergio Ramos said.
“It’s fantastic, because I’ve never seen such a good crowd before.
The atmosphere is fantastic.”
Madrid won the penalty kick shootout 3-1 after a late free-kick by David Villa, who then put in a stunning solo goal in the 78th minute.
The team then played to a goalless draw in the 81st minute.
The home side had scored a late consolation goal to equalise, but Diego Costa scored a second from close range to seal a 4-3 aggregate victory.
The match was played at a ground known as the Santiago, in the northern part of the city, and it is famous for its terrace.
The fans were treated to a bottle filled with champagne and t-shirts bearing the club logo and the word “Futbol”.
“Futbull” is a play on the word of the Spanish “Fulho”, meaning “one”, while “Futa” means “flesh”.
“We have a very special moment for our fans,” Madrid president Josep Maria Bartomeu said.