Fiesta de la selección española en el avión

MADRID — Tens of thousands of people turned downtown Madrid into a sea of red late Sunday night, flooding the thoroughfares and taking over the main fountain square of the Spanish capital afterthe national soccer team won another European championship.

“This team cannot make the crisis go away, but it’s managed to provide a level of joy and inspiration that goes well beyond what sports can produce in normal times,” said Javier Morales, a doctor, who, like many others, was wearing the team’s red shirt on Sunday night. “All the talk at the hospital has recently been about health care cuts, so I’m really looking forward to having something much happier to discuss in coming days.”

Miguel Blanco, an 18-year-old student draped in a national flag, said, “The crisis has made Spain look like a hopeless country, when, in fact, we’re showing tonight that we’re the best in Europe.”

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