Monday 21 October 2019

From Istanbul to the Camp Nou - Six of the best Champions League finals

Jamie Carragher (left) Steven Gerrard in Istanbul
Jamie Carragher (left) Steven Gerrard in Istanbul

Ciara Clarke

Tottenham take on Liverpool in the Champions League final in Madrid on Saturday.

Here is a look back on six other memorable Champions League finals.

May 26 1999 - Manchester United 2-1 Bayern Munich - Camp Nou, Barcelona

Manchester United sealed one of the most memorable Champions League successes and secured their historic Treble by beating Bayern Munich. Mario Basler opened the scoring for Munich in the first six minutes and the game had seemed pretty even from then on.

Despite a stellar performance by David Beckham, United struggled as the German side dominated the whole game until the 90 minutes were up. What followed were arguably the most famous three minutes of stoppage time in history.

Teddy Sheringham scored following a corner 30 seconds in, making it 1-1 with two minutes to go. Less than 30 seconds later another corner was given to United but this time it was Ole Gunnar Solskjaer who turned the ball into Bayern's net - securing their second European Cup title.

The celebrations were raucous for United but devastating for Bayern with several players collapsing to the floor in despair. A game that was theirs three minutes previously had now been lost. So much so that Bayern colours had already been attached to the cup.

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Euro star: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer celebrates scoring the winning goal for Manchester United during the 1999 Champions League final against Bayern Munich. Photo: Ben Radford / Allsport

May 25 2005 - Milan 3-3 Liverpool (Liverpool win 3-2 on penalties) - Ataturk Olympic Stadium, Istanbul

The ultimate game of two halves. Milan scored in the opening minutes of the game thanks to a volley header by captain Paolo Maldini, followed by a double from Hernan Crespo on 39 and 44 minutes.

Milan created chance after chance in the first half with Liverpool trailing behind in every department leaving them 3-0 down at half time.

But, nine minutes into the second half, captain Steven Gerrard scored for Liverpool, quickly followed by Vladimir Smicer in the 56th minute and Xabi Alonso in the 60th minute, whose penalty was saved but shot into the back of the net on rebound. That made it 3-3 at full time with extra time to follow.

The battle continued past extra time with both team fatigued as the game would be decided by a penalty shoot-out. After a tense nine efforts, Liverpool won 3-2 on penalties as Jerzy Dudek saved from Andriy Shevchenko.

May 21 2008 - Manchester United 1-1 Chelsea (Manchester United win 6-5 on penalties) - Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow

The last time there was an all-British Champions League final was in 2008 when Manchester United took on Chelsea.

Cristiano Ronaldo scored for United in the 26th minute. United continued to apply the pressure but were denied by Chelsea's keeper Petr Cech on many occasions. Frank Lampard then brought Chelsea level with a goal in the 45th minute making it an even 1-1 at half-time.

Chelsea transformed in the second half but United kept them at bay, leading the game to head into extra time. After a tense extra period, including a red card issued to Didier Drogba for a slap on Nemanja Vidic, the title would be decided by a penalty shoot-out.

It came down to Nicolas Anelka to keep Chelsea in play with the score at 6-5 but his shot was saved by Edwin Van Der Sar, securing United's third European Cup success.

May 19 2012- Bayern Munich 1- 1 Chelsea (Chelsea win 3-4 on penalties) Allianz Stadium, Munich

Bayern Munich had control for most of this match but they were unable to kill Chelsea off. The match remained goalless throughout the first half and well into the second.

A header from Thomas Muller gave Bayern the lead in the 83rd minute. But that was quickly followed by Drogba who evened the scores with another header past Manuel Neuer to equalise. The game went to extra time and, despite a few good chances, the winner would be decided by penalties for the first time since 2008.

Things looked good for Bayern who scored their first three spot-kicks but their final two shots were saved to leave it locked at 3-3 with Chelsea's fifth and final penalty still to go. Drogba sent the keeper the wrong way to give Chelsea their first ever European Cup.

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Petr Cech won a host of trophies with Chelsea before joining Arsenal (Owen Humphreys/PA)

May 25 2013 Final - Borussia Dortmund 1-2 Bayern Munich - Wembley Stadium, London

Wembley Stadium played host to this all-German final in 2013. The first goal of the game came in the 60th minute from Bayern's Mario Mandzukic. Things started to come together for Munich until Dante raised his foot in the penalty area to give Dortmund a penalty.

Ilkay Gundogan converted in the 68th minute but ultimately it was Arjen Robben who would prove the match-winner, bursting through to deliver the winning goal for Bayern in the 89th minute.

May 24 2014 - Real Madrid 4-1 Atletico Madrid - Estadio da Luz, Lisbon

Another final between two teams from the same nation and indeed the same city. Atletico were the first to score after Diego Godin headed the ball past Iker Casillas in the 36th minute.

The second half saw Real push forward as they tried to equalise but the score remained 1-0 all the way into added time. In the third minute of stoppage time, Sergio Ramos headed in from a corner to snatch a last-gasp equaliser.

A tense 30 minutes of extra time followed and it wasn't until the 110th minute that Gareth Bale was able to head the ball into the net to put Real into the lead for the first time. Marcelo then extended the lead in the 118th minute before Ronaldo scored a penalty to make it 4-1 in the 120th minute of the game. Three goals in 10 minutes saw Real Madrid secure 'La Decima' with their 10th European Cup success.

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