Champions League: English head-to-heads
Published 05/04/2011 | 15:19
With Chelsea and Manchester United going head to head tomorrow evening, we runs our eye over previous all-English Champions League knockout ties over the past decade.
Arsenal 2 Chelsea 3 (on aggregate after two legs), 2004 quarter-final
Claudio Ranieri may, in his words, have been a "dead man walking" at the time but he still strode proudly into the Champions League semi-finals as Chelsea beat Arsenal. Having gained the vital away goal at Stamford Bridge, the Gunners even seized the lead in the second leg on the stroke of half-time through Jose Reyes. However, Frank Lampard dragged his side back into contention six minutes after the break and then, amid a thrilling finale, Wayne Bridge powered his way into the penalty box and buried his shot past Jens Lehmann to secure their progress.
Liverpool 1 Chelsea 0 (on aggregate after two legs), 2005 semi-final
Twenty years after their last appearance in the European Cup final ended in tragedy at Heysel, Liverpool finally secured another crack at Europe's biggest club prize. Luis Garcia's fourth-minute strike at Anfield was enough to secure a narrow victory for Liverpool against Chelsea as the Blues endured the pain of a second consecutive semi-final defeat.
Liverpool 5 Arsenal 3 (on aggregate after two legs), 2008 quarter-final
Liverpool marched into their third Champions League semi-final in four years with a stunning triumph over Arsenal at Anfield. With seven minutes left, the Gunners looked like they were through as the score stood at 2-2 but Steven Gerrard became the first Liverpool player ever to score in four successive home European matches to send his side ahead again from the penalty spot, before Ryan Babel's breakaway goal sealed victory.
Chelsea 4 Liverpool 3 (on aggregate after two legs), 2008 semi-final
Extra-time goals from Lampard and Didier Drogba sent Chelsea into a Champions League final showdown against Manchester United. Lampard, playing his first game since the death of his mother the previous week, coolly slotted home a 98th-minute penalty and Drogba, who had opened the scoring in the first half, sent Chelsea to the final with a timely second. Fernando Torres had given Liverpool hope with a second-half equaliser but they failed to finish the job and Chelsea made them pay in a pulsating extra period which also saw Ryan Babel grab a late consolation goal for the Reds.
Manchester United 1 Chelsea 1, 2008 final
Manchester United became kings of Europe for the third time on a night of high drama and emotion in Moscow. Goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar was the hero with a penalty save to deny Nicolas Anelka after Chelsea captain John Terry had missed the chance to win the Blues the trophy by firing his own spot-kick against the post. The shootout looked to be going Chelsea's way after Petr Cech saved Cristiano Ronaldo's effort but Terry's miss opened the door for Sir Alex Ferguson to clinch his second Champions League crown.
Liverpool 5 Chelsea 7 (on aggregate after two legs), 2009 quarter-final
Chelsea denied Liverpool the glory of another sensational European comeback to reach the semi-finals of the Champions League. The Reds, trailing 3-1 from the first leg at Anfield, stunned the Blues with two first-half goals from Fabio Aurelio and Xabi Alonso, who scored a penalty. Chelsea's defensive frailties looked like costing them a place in the last four as Liverpool, without Gerrard, threatened to pull off another miracle. The Blues looked home and dry after three second-half goals saw them lead 6-4 on aggregate at one stage, but the contest took another twist when Liverpool scored twice in as many minutes through Lucas Leiva and Dirk Kuyt to leave them just one goal adrift of an incredible victory. However, Lampard's second in the 89th minute secured a 4-4 draw on the night and a 7-5 Chelsea win overall.
Arsenal 1 Manchester United 4 (on aggregate after two legs), 2009 semi-final
Manchester United produced an awesome attacking display in the second leg to destroy Arsenal and secure a clash with Barcelona in the Champions League final. A fortuitous opener from Park Ji-sung was followed by a thunderous 40-yard free-kick from Cristiano Ronaldo to effectively book a place in the final after only 11 minutes of the second leg. Ronaldo capped a fine performance by sliding home a third goal but it was not quite a perfect night for United after Darren Fletcher saw red for a tackle on Cesc Fabregas.