Top 10 of the greatest matches in Champions League history.
The waiting is finally over and we can all enjoy our favorite football tournament – the Champions League. We’ve already seen some great matches like PSG 3-0 Real Madrid, and Atletico coming down from 0-2 to Juventus and eventually winning the point at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium.
We are just at the beginning of the group phase, but with these great matches that we’ve already seen, it seems that season 2019/2020 of the UEFA Champions League will be extremely unpredictable and tense.
The great start of the tournament inspired us to look back in time and check out one of the most interesting matches in the history of the Champions League. So here is our countdown:
- Manchester United 4 – 3 Real Madrid – Quarterfinal 2002/03
Despite the defeat in Madrid (1:3) and the unsuccessful development of the scenario at Old Trafford, the appearance of David Beckham helped the “Red Devils” snatch victory in the last minutes of the game with 4: 3, which, however, wasn’t enough for the Ale Ferguson team to reach the semi-finals of the Champions League.
Rio Ferdinand, Veron, Beckham, Keane, Van Nistelrooy, Giggs, Solscher, Casillas, Hierro, Roberto Carlos, Zidane, MacManaman, Figo, Makelele, Ronaldo. These are just some of the players who came out that evening on Old Trafford. The referee of the match was the legendary Pierluigi Collina.
9 . Dynamo Kyiv 3 – 3 Bayern Munich, Semi finals 1998-99 (first game)
It was a crazy night in the Ukrainian capital. A very dramatic match, when Valeriy Lobanovskyi team led 3-1in Kyiv with 3:1, but in the end, was content only with a draw and after losing in Munich with 2-1, was forced to watch the Champions League final on the TV. However, this match will forever remain in the memory of the Ukrainian fans.
- Chelsea 4–4 Liverpool, Quarter Finals, 2008-09
This match is still fresh in our memory. The British derby, which ended with the overall victory of Chelsea, but how difficult this win was! After a landslide victory in Liverpool with a score of 3:1, already in the 28th minute of the home game, Chelsea lost 0-2 after goals by Aurelio and Xabi Alonso. The second half was decisive when at first Drogba and Alex equalized, and in the 76th minute, Lampard managed to put his team ahead.
The team of Rafa Benitez answered with two more goals from Lucas Leiva and Dirk Kuyt, however, forever young Lampard scored only one minute before the final whistle for the final – 4: 4.
However, already in the next round, Chelsea lost to the future winner Barcelona.
- Barcelona 7 – 1 Bayer Leverkusen – 1/8 finals 2011-12
It was the day of Barcelona, and the night for Lionel Messi. Not a great time to be a Bayer fan. Two of the Bayer players almost fought each other for the T-shirt of the Argentine sniper, who scored five goals in that match. Maybe not the most competitive match in the history of the tournament, but one that will surely will be remembered.
- Inter 2-5 Schalke – Quarter Finals 2010-11 (first game)
Even dough Schalke lost in the semifinal against Manchester United with a crushing overall score, the win against Inter, the reigning European champion at Giuseppe Meazza, was something very special for the fans from Gelsenkirchen.
In the first minute, Dejan Stankovic managed to take his team forward, but what happened next cannot be explained. Until the 75th minute, Schalke was able to not only equalize twice, but also gain a landslide victory. The match in Germany was no different from the game in Milano, but this time the Germans won more modestly – 2:1.
- AC Milan 4-0 Barcelona – final 1993-94
Despite the absence of his captain Franco Baresi and the fact that it was Barca who was the favorite of this confrontation, the team of Fabio Capello was able not only to beat the Spanish side, but also to do it in an incredibly beautiful style, leaving no chance to the opponent!
Massaro scored two goals in the Athens finals, and Pavichevich and Desailly scored one more at a time.
The teams at that time shone with names such as Christian Panucci, Demetrio Albertini, Paolo Maldini, Roberto Donadoni, Marcel Desailly, Zvonimir Boban, Andoni Zubizarreta, Josep Guardiola, Ronald Kuman, Hristo Stoichkov, Romario and many, many others.
- Deportivo La Coruna 4-0 AC Milan – Quarter Finals 2003-04
That season of the Champions League was truly sensational. The final between AC Monaco and FC Porto and Jose Mourinho managed to raise the European trophy over his head. At the stage of the semi-finals, FC Porto faced Deportivo La Coruna.
After the match at Giuseppe Meazza (4-1), few doubted that the Rossoneri would have any troubles with the Spanish side in the second match. But everything turned upside down in that crazy night. Pandiani, Valerón, Luque and Fran socred for the final 4:0 and the sensation was a fact!
- Juventus 2–3 Manchester United – 1998-99 Semi Final
It was an unforgettable match! After a draw at Old Trafford in the first match (1: 1), Alex Ferguson’s team needed to score in Turin, where such outstanding players as Peruzzi, Conte, Inzaghi, Zidane, Davids, and others were waiting for them.
The Italian side managed to gain a quick lead, scoring twice, but in the 24th minute Roy Keane managed to close the gap, and ten minutes later, a beautiful header from Dwight Yorke made the score 2:2.
On the 85th minute of the game, Andy Cole scored for 2:3 and he brought his team to the final at Camp Nou, and we all know what happened there, right?
- Manchester United 2-1 Bayern Munich, Final 1998-1999
This season of the Champions League will go down in history as the most spectacular and unpredictable.
Tears of joy of the British and the disappointment of the Germans – this is only way to describe that unforgettable evening. One of the best finals in the history of modern football. Teddy Sheringham and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer entered the Manchester United Hall of Fame forever after that last minute goal, and after that, football was never gonna be the same.
- Liverpool 3-3 Milan – Final 2004-05
Liverpool won the 2005 UEFA Champions League Final, hosted at the Ataturk Stadium in Istanbul, by beating AC Milan on penalties after the match finished 3-3 and extra time. The match was remarkable for the fact that AC Milan had taken a 3-0 lead in the first half, only for Liverpool to mount an impressive comeback and level the score with three quick goals for only six minutes. First Gerrard scored (54), followed by Smicer (56) and Xabi Alonso (60). The match is often referred by Liverpool fans as the Miracle of Istanbul and will remain as one of the most fascinating games ever.
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