Greatest Champions League Matches

The world’s greatest club competition has returned and that brings with it excitement, passion and reminiscing of our club’s past glories in the Champions League. There are some huge ties to look forward to in the next few weeks and months including Chelsea v Dortmund and Liverpool v Real Madrid. We take a look at some of the greatest Champions League matches that have taken place over the years:

Liverpool 3-3 AC Milan, 2005 (Liverpool win on pens)

Also known as ‘The Miracle of Istanbul’, the final that saw one of the greatest comebacks in football history is always mentioned amongst the greatest of finals. Liverpool were about to face one of the world’s best sides ever formed with stars such as Paolo Maldino, Andriy Shevchenko and Cafu to name a few. Liverpool had struggled domestically in the 04/05 season finishing in 5th behind local rivals Everton. Milan were 3-0 at half time and it looked like the objective for the second half would be to concede as few as possible. However, Liverpool were back level after 60 minutes with goals from Gerrard, Smicer and a penalty from Xabi Alonso. The game would go to penalties and Dudek’s ‘spaghetti legs’ would become iconic in the eventual victory.

Barcelona 6-1 PSG, 2016-2017

PSG had annhialated Barcelona 4-0 at the Parc des Princes a few weeks earlier with goals from Julian Draxler, Edinson Cavani and a brace for Angel Di Maria. It looked as though Barcelona would only be playing for pride back at the Nou Camp but within 50 minutes they had a 3-0 lead. The Parisians got a goal back in the 62nd-minute through Cavani and it seemed as though all hope was lost. However, in the last 5 minutes of the game, Neymar netted twice and Sergi Roberto scored a last gasp winner which will live in the memory of every football fan.

Manchester City 4-3 Tottenham, 2019

In a quarter-final tie that saw Tottenham Hotspur taking a 1-0 lead to the Etihad Stadium, this was to be a night of incredible action in which VAR would play a massive part. In 11 minutes the game had already seen 4 goals with the game delicately poised at 2-2, before Bernardo Silva put Manchester City 3-2 up. Sergio Aguero scored to give City the aggregate lead until Fernando Llorente looked like he’d put Spurs through on away goals and then the real drama happened. Raheem Sterling thought he had won the tie at the death only for VAR to rule the goal offside sending Pep Guardiola to his knees in despair.

Manchester United 2-1 Bayern Munich, 1998/1999

On 26th May 1999, Manchester United faced Bayern Munich at the Nou Camp. Fergie’s United had won the double in England while Bayern Munich had done their own domestic double, meaning both teams were looking for an unprecedented treble. United found themselves behind after just six minutes through a free kick from Mario Basler which deceived Peter Schmeichel. It would take until the 91st minute for United to equalise through Teddy Sheringham and just 2 minutes later, they would win the game with a goal from super-sub Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.