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Champions League's biggest shocks

THE Evening Herald looks back at the other underdogs who made a name for themselves by upsetting the established order in the Champions League.

Artmedia Bratislava 5 Celtic 0
(Second qualifying round first leg, 2005-06)

Seven years ago it was Celtic on the receiving end as Slovakian champions, but European minnows, Artmedia enjoyed one of the greatest nights in their history. Juraj Halenar was the star of the show with a hat-trick as Blazej Vascak and Martin Mikulic also found the net. Celtic's new manager, Gordon Strachan, described the result as "out-and-out the worst football night" he had ever had. Celtic won the return leg 4-0 but still crashed out.

Barcelona 1 Rubin Kazan 2
(Group stage, 2009-10)

Barca, too, are no strangers to a shock defeat in Europe after group stage newcomers Rubin, from Russia, announced themselves by marching into the Nou Camp and winning. Aleksandr Ryazantsev fired home from 30 yards in the second minute and Gokdeniz Karadeniz earned victory after Zlatan Ibrahimovic's equaliser.

Helsingborgs 1 Inter Milan 0
(Third qualifying round first leg, 2000-01)

Inter, with Robbie Keane in their line-up, were denied a place in the group stages by their Swedish opponents. Mikael Hansson put the Scandinavians ahead with eight minutes of the first leg remaining left and they held on to reach the competition proper after a goalless return leg.

APOEL 1 Lyon 0
(Second round second leg, 2011-12)

Cypriots APOEL had come from the first qualifying round to reach the tournament proper, where they topped a group containing Porto, Shakhtar Donetsk and Zenit St Petersburg. After a 1-0 first-leg defeat at Lyon, APOEL won the second leg by the same scoreline thanks to Gustavo Manduca's early goal and then triumphed 4-3 on penalties.

NK Maribor 2 Lyon 0
(Third qualifying round second leg, 1999-2000)

Last season's mishap was not Lyon's first taste of a Champions League shock. Already leading 1-0 from the first leg, Slovenian side Maribor completed their upset win over the rising French powerhouse. Ante Simundza and Stipe Balajic scored the second-leg goals to take Maribor into the group stage.


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