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Bangor Liverpool fan's madcap celebrations go viral after Barcelona game

Matthew Moore and his children in the video
Matthew Moore and his children in the video
Georginio Wijnaldum after scoring for Liverpool
Liverpool fan Francis O’Hara with his sons Fynn and Euan
Colin Murray at Anfield on Tuesday night
Mark Bain

By Mark Bain

A Liverpool fan from Co Down spent yesterday fielding calls from all over the world after his video celebrations took social media by storm.

Not many gave Liverpool a chance from 3-0 down against European giants Barcelona, and even the most optimistic supporters would have settled for winning the match on the night.

But 90 minutes later, Liverpool 4 Barcelona 0 was the scoreline, and the Reds were sensationally into their second Champions League final in a row - in Madrid on June 1.

Bangor man Matthew Moore (37) admitted he "lost the plot" with his wild celebrations in front of his living room camera, but says he doesn't regret it for a second.

"It all went a bit chaotic," he said, after watching the match with son Luis (7) and daughter Brooke (13).

"I've been doing a video blog for three and a half years now and while it has been quite popular, I've never experienced anything like the reaction to this.

"It's all a bit of fun, about trying to make life a little better for me and the kids.

"What you see is what you get in real life. I'm sure there were plenty of other Liverpool fans around the world acting a bit crazy watching what happened! I just couldn't help myself."

For BBC sport presenter, Stephen Watson, who remembers collecting Liverpool football cards as a kid, it ranks as the greatest football comeback of all time.

He said: "I was working in the editing suite and decided I wasn't going to watch Liverpool get stuffed. When I heard they'd gone 1-0 up I did waver a bit, but after the second goal there was no more work done."

Lifelong Liverpool fan and Cool FM DJ Pete Snodden was also walking on air. "I've been watching Liverpool for 30 years and seen some great nights, obviously Istanbul in 2005, and plenty of not so great nights," he said. "That's the best I've ever felt. I loved every single minute of it."

Outside the Liverpool store in Belfast city centre, Omagh youngsters Euan and Fynn were stocking up on goodies with dad Francis O'Hara.

"It's unreal," he said. "I'm walking about in a daze. I still can't believe what happened."

Lurgan fan Martin Griffin said he's now aiming to make it to the final. "I nearly wrecked my bedroom," he said. "Hopefully I'll be at the final, but it's all in my mate's hands."

Magherafelt woman Melissa Boone was one of the few who had kept the faith.

"I'm still speechless," she said. "Strangely, I did expect it. I said last week they've done it before, they can do it again."

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