Most Memorable Matches In UEFA Champions League History

by Sameer Arshad | Posted on Friday, July 19th, 2013 | 0

One of the most exciting and watched football event in the World is UEFA Champions League, held every year around Europe starting in September and finishes next year in May with the grand final after 32 teams take part in the group stages and 16 make it to the first knockout round and quarterfinals so on.

Most Memorable Champions League Games in History

Champions League is synonyms with the Greatest football/soccer players in the World, as the best clubs around the Europe fight it out for their supermacy to be the European Champions. Forbes listed UEFA Champions League as the highest paying sports competition in the world, even more than FIFA World Cup and any American sports league. and over the years we have had some of the finest 90 minutes or more and here are our 10 best Champions League matches ever.

#7. Manchester United 4-3 Real Madrid

2003 Round of 16 (2nd Leg)
Highlights: Ronaldo Hattrick

Two of Europe’s best clubs at that time, Manchester United hosted Real Madrid full of glacticos in Champions League knockout, 2nd leg after Real Madrid had won the first match 3-1. Manchester United needed a win by atleast two goals but they started out badly as Ronaldo scored and took the game away from United. Manchester United however playing at old trafford got back to level terms after Madrid went to a 3-2 lead, they scored two quick goals through beckam and van nistelrooy take a look at the match highlights.


#6. Chelsea 4-4 Liverpool
2009 Quarterfinal (Second Leg)

Chelsea had won the first leg and came into the 2nd leg at Stamford Bridge full of confidence, but Petre Cech made couple of really bad mistakes to give Liverpool 2 goal lead, though a goal from Drogba and Alex a piece made it 2-2, Lampard scored to put Chelse infront 3-2 only for Liverpool to draw back through Dirk Kuyt. Lucas Lieva scored for Liverool to give them hope but Lampard scored another sublime goal and game ended 4-4 and chelsea went through to the next round where Barcelona beat them.


#5. Deportivo La Coruna 4-3 PSG

2001 (group stage)
Highlights – Walter Pandiali 2nd half hattrick

Paris Saint Germain took the lead, made it 2-0 and at the break they were leading 3-0 playing away from home and deportivo looked shell shocked, but in 2nd half things turned out rosy for the home side as Walter Pandiali scored a hattrick and Diego Tristan made it 4-3 and won all three points for the home side in what was a epic comeback in the last 30 minutes of the match.


#4. Chelsea 4-2 Barcelona

2005 Round-16 (2nd leg)
Highlights – Chelsea took the game to European Champions

Chelsea scored three quick goals in the first half to show the world they mean business in Champions League, goals from Duff, Godjohnson and Lampard made it 3-0 but Barcelona had Ronaldinho who started the comeback with a penalty goal than scored a superb goal from the edge of the box with “samba shuffle” and than almost guided the ball into the back of the net, John Terry came up with a head to put the game to bed in the dying moments.


#3. Deportivo La Coruna 4-0 AC Milan

2004 Quarterfinals (2nd Leg)
Highlight: Deportivo turnaround the 3 goal deficet from 1st Leg

After losing the first leg at San Siro, Deportivo did somthing which at times was impossible, they scored 4 goals against highly talented Milan side and they did so in style as well leaving Milan crashing out of the event which till today is the highest margin when a team came back into the match to win it in 2nd leg.


#2. Manchester United 2-1 Bayern Munich

1999 Champions League Final
Highlight: 2 injury times goal for United to win the title

Bayern Munich absolutely hammered Manchester United for almost 90 minutes, they created chance after chance but scored only once and that was always a danger with the players United had, Sir Alex made couple of changes and there comes two goals in 3 minutes towards the end of the match.


#1. Liverpool 3-3 AC Milan

2005 Champions League Final
Highlight: Greatest final comeback

AC Milan scored through vatern Paolo Maldini within minutes of the kickoff, Hernan Crespo scored twice before the halftime to give Milan and commanding lead of 3-0 at halftime, Liverpool came storming back into the match with 6 minutes of magic and three goals from Gerrard, Simescer and Xabi Alonso, at 3-3 it was anybody’s game and Jerzy dudek made two great back to back saves to keep Shevchenkho and Milan from scoring and took the game to Penalties where Liverpool came out as winners. it still gives me goosebumps thinking about the game.

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