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By Mike Henson

All times stated are UK

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  1. Bye for now

    Racing 9-21 Saracens


    Saracens are back in the dressing room and have launched into their back catalogue of victory songs.

    It looks a little something like this.

    And it is fully deserved.

    Bartenders of Lyon prepare yourselves for a bumper night.

    Our report on the action is up if you want a little recap.

    I wouldn't bet against something similar being written in 12 months time after the final at Murrayfield.

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    Racing coach Ronan O'Gara speaking to BT Sport: "The better team won, its hard to accept and extremely disappointing, but is about being champions and we were not good enough today. They deserved their victory, when the game comes to a crunch we weren't up to it.

    "I don't think we went missing, it was like a boxing match at times, a game of chess. Owen Farrell did not miss.

    "Playing against a defence like that, you want some sun and not the slippy weather that we had. Hopefully we will take some crucial lessons from today.

    "Yes we lost key players but we had a Welsh and French international to bring on so there are no excuses."

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    Racing winger Joe Rokocoko, speaking to BT Sport: "Saracens showed what a great team they have been in the last few years.

    "Losing our key players was crucial, they smelled blood and suffocated us, our vision narrowed and we lost our way.

    "This is an awesome experience for us, when the going gets tough we get quiet and we need to learn from this experience and carry on."

  6. 'This was our year'

    Racing 9-21 Saracens


    Saracens' captain Brad Barritt speaking to BT Sport: "There was a belief coming into this game, that this was our year. We came up short against Toulon two years ago and that galvanized us. We speak metaphorically about pounding the rock and today that rock broke.

    "This team stood up tonight and I could not be more proud of to a be part of squad."

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    Owen Farrell

    Saracens' Owen Farrell speaking to BT Sport: "You could see by how many mistakes there were how difficult the conditions were. There was good intent but it was not a day for running rugby. They got a good bit of momentum heading into the final 20 minutes.

    "But some of our guys who like the turnovers and the big hits managed to turn the tide. Everyone here is working hard to get better. Everyone makes the most of the day in front of them."

  8. 'The best is yet to come'

    Racing 9-21 Saracens

    saracens celebrate

    Mark McCall, Saracens director of rugby. speaking to BT Sport: "We played a really clever game, it was a really mature performance and I am delighted for the players and the backroom staff and for Nigel Wray who has put his heart and soul into the club over the last 20 years and finally gets his reward.

    "We have good age profile in this group, the best is yet to come. Tonight was important after two years ago when we lost to Toulon. We did not just muscle up but we were tactically good and smart. Our half-backs were unbelievable, we really pressured them in midfield.

    "We have to stay humble and hungry enough and there is more to come from the team.

    "We will let the players celebrate, they have invested a lot into the Premiership season and we have the challenge there and have to invest a bit more."

    saracens lift the trophy
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    Paul Gustard - the man who drilled the Saracens defence before heading off to take up the same role with England in December - is in Lyon to see his hard work at club level bear fruit.

    It is strange to see him slapping high fives wearing a red cardigan rather than a red tracksuit top.

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    Saracens flanker Michael Rhodes speaking to BT Sport: "it is a dream come true. It is a weird mix of exhilaration and a slight concussion. This club is absolutely amazing. it as a family, together with some real talented rugby players, it is difficult to put your finger on. The guys have been working really hard for this for a number of season and I think we are going to go big with the celebrations tonight."

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  12. Record breakers

    Racing 9-21 Saracens

    Saracens are the first team to win the Champions Cup having won all of their matches in the competition.

  13. Saracens win European Champions Cup

    Brad Barritt of Saracens lifts the trophy

    Brad Barritt hoists the European Champions trophy skywards.

    Dramatic strings blare out of the Grand Stade de Lyon tannoy, gold and blue tickertape spits skywards and a long, long journey from their old home at Bramley Road to the summit of Europe is over for Saracens.

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    Racing 92 troop up to collect their trinkets.

    Saracens are still absorbed in their own celebrations. Jacques Burger is down there with his former team-mates.

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    Saracens players envelope each other in bear hugs. The replacements, the backroom staff, friends and family are right in amongst it.

    They talk the talk about being a family, a band of brothers at that club.

    That performance and the celebrations that follow show that it is justified.

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    Maro Itoje speaking to BT Sport: "We have had big disappointments but each time we have come back stronger and we are happy to finally done it. We knew this was a game we could win, we had the form coming into the game, we knew if we do what we do, dominate the gameline, then we could win and thank god we did.

    "We will enjoy tonight and build on from there."

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    It was not pretty. It was not ambitious. But it was Saracens.

    A victory built on discipline, workrate and spirit.

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    Matt Dawson

    2003 World Cup winner on BBC Radio 5 live

    "Saracens have played like this the whole season, they have been relentless to be the best team in Europe and domestically in England."

  19. Full-time

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    Saracens players celebrate victory


    After five seasons of going close, Saracens are champions of Europe for the first time.

  20. Penalty

    Racing 9-21 Saracens - Farrell

    Owen Farrell takes every second that he is allowed before plopping over the kick from right in front.

    Sarries replacements are heading pitchside for the celebrations.