Football mania: Liverpool vs. Milan goes Belly Up
ASPEN “It’s my religion,” said Garett Robson, at Belly Up Aspen for the Champions League final. “Liverpool is my religion.”The nightclub was mostly full of red-clad Liverpool fans, and they went home unhappy after the team lost to AC Milan, 2-1. It was a sufficient number of fans, however, to get singing at times and enough drinking by the end of the game to hurl swear words at the 16-foot high-definition screen.
The bar was packed at noon Wednesday for the most prestigious club contest in soccer. The final essentially matches the top two clubs in Europe. “I didn’t know we had so many Liverpool fans here,” said Gustavo Trani, who is from Brazil but has an Italian father and was rooting for Milan. “It’s like, let’s fight. In Brazil, this would never happen; you’d need to have cops between us and them.”The cheering was all in good fun, though, and when the teams trotted out onto the pitch, everyone clapped with good cheer.
Liverpool dominated the first half, had more shots and looked like the better team, but Milan put away a free kick late in the half. “Milan got lucky to score the foul kick,” Trani said. “But the important thing is the score.”
The score didn’t sit well with the Liverpool fans, who seemed to get more agitated as the game went on, then got a late boost on a Liverpool goal late in the second half. “You can be anywhere in the world and find a Liverpool fan,” said Nikko Marquez, an Argentinian rooting for Liverpool. “They’re funny as hell, drinking with them, the English.”Joel Stonington’s e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org
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