Madrid: Thousands of Real Madrid fans packed central Madrid, chanting, waving flags and dancing to thumping music in a frenzied night-time celebration on Thursday after their first Spanish Cup win since 1993. (Also Read: Ronaldo strike sinks Barcelona)
As the final whistle blew on Real Madrid's dramatic 1-0 extra-time victory over Barcelona, the city erupted as fans honked car and truck horns and descended into the streets waving or wrapped in the club and Spanish flags.
In Madrid's central Cibeles Square, the traditional home for raucous Real Madrid victory celebrations, thousands of people jammed together for an all-night party waiting for the victorious players. (Also Read: Thousands welcome Real at home)
Music blared across the square past 2:00 am (0000 GMT), lights beamed the Real Madrid logo across the imposing facade of the city hall, and fans cried out: "Champions, Champions" and "The Cup is here." (Also Read: Mourinho thanks critics)
"The last time we won the Cup I was 10 years' old. It is about time!" said 27-year-old Real Madrid fan David Hierro.
Real Madrid players led by captain Iker Casillas planned a triumphant return at about 3:30 am (0130 GMT) in the square.
A catwalk was built in scaffolding around the central fountain where a statue features the Roman Goddess of nature, Cybele, seated in a stone chariot hauled by two huge lions.
Police vans and scores of officers blocked cars off from all incoming roads and checked bags as hundreds more revellers streamed in hours before the players' arrival.
"It was amazing. Real deserved it and we are going to celebrate!" said Jorge Guerra Arevalo as he headed to the fountain with a group of friends after watching the match at a nearby bar.