After two crazy semi-final ties, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur will meet in the final of UEFA Champions League. Both sides will fancy their chances of lifting the trophy in Madrid and as such, we are in for a memorable final. Ahead of what will be a great match between two excellent English sides, we’ve taken a look at some other classic all-English European encounters.
Chelsea 4-4 Liverpool (Agg: 7-5), 2009
The quarter-final second-leg at Stamford Bridge was one of the most entertaining knockout Champions League matches in recent history. The Blues had a 3-1 first-leg lead from Anfield, but Liverpool came out firing in London. Frank Lampard’s double sealed progression for Chelsea as they survived a huge scare.
Arsenal 1-3 Manchester United (Agg: 1-4), 2009
A Cristiano Ronaldo masterclass at the Emirates Stadium saw Man United reach the final of the Champions League. The Portuguese superstar scored a remarkable long-range free-kick to set the Red Devils on their way to victory. Arsenal could not cope with the pace and power of the United forwards and their dream of making the final was torn apart.
Arsenal 1-2 Chelsea (Agg: 2-3), 2004
Chelsea advanced to the semi-finals after a late goal by an unlikely scorer; Wayne Bridge. Highbury was stunned by the late goal after both sides battled hard. Arsenal led through Jose Antonio Reyes but Lampard levelled the scores as Chelsea emerged victorious in this London derby.
Liverpool 1-0 Chelsea (Agg: 1-0), 2005
After a 0-0 draw at Stamford Bridge, this semi-final was finely poised at Anfield. The tension was incredible, with both sets of fans not sure what to expect. It was a nervy affair, but Anfield was up for the occasion. The tie was settled by one of the most controversial goals in the history of the competition, as Luis Garcia’s effort was seemingly scrambled clear by William Gallas, but the officials gave the goal. After watching several replays, it still cannot be seen clearly as Jose Mourinho dubbed it the ‘ghost goal’. Liverpool, of course, went on to lift the trophy by beating AC Milan in the final.
Manchester United 1-1 Chelsea (6-5 pens), 2008
This all-English final in Moscow was breathtaking. It had everything; goals, slips, red cards and more. United took the lead through Ronaldo, but Lampard levelled the scores. Chelsea could have won the game, but were denied more than once by the woodwork. The game went to a penalty shootout, where John Terry could have won the trophy for the Blues, but he slipped whilst taking the decisive spot kick. Edwin van der Sar later saved from Nicolas Anelka, handing United a famous victory.
Liverpool 1-0 Chelsea (Agg 1-1, 4-1 pens), 2007
Liverpool booked their place in the 2007 final with a dramatic penalty shootout victory over Chelsea. Liverpool trailed 1-0 going into the second leg but Daniel Agger’s first-half strike drew them level. The two sides could not be separated so the game went to penalties. Dirk Kuyt scored the crucial spot-kick to clinch a 4-1 win after both Arjen Robben and Geremi had missed for the Blues.
Liverpool 4-2 Arsenal (Agg: 5-3), 2008
After a battling 1-1 draw in the first leg, Arsenal had the tough task of beating Liverpool at Anfield. They made the perfect start by taking the lead through Abou Diaby, but the lead didn’t last long as Sami Hyypia nodded in, before Fernando Torres curled in to give Liverpool the lead. Theo Walcott then set up one of Arsenal’s best ever European goals. The pacey winger picked the ball up in his own half and dribbled past seemingly every Liverpool player in his way, before squaring for Emmanuel Adebayor to finish. As it stood, Liverpool were going out but a controversial penalty was given to the Reds, one which Steven Gerrard converted. As Arsenal pushed for another goal, Ryan Babel was able to counter-attack to seal the win for the Reds.
Manchester City 1-2 Liverpool (Agg: 1-5), 2018
Liverpool simply blew Manchester City away in the quarter-final first leg at Anfield. The Reds had a massive 3-0 lead heading into the second leg but if anybody could turn it around, it was City. They got off to a flyer too by scoring through Gabriel Jesus after just two minutes and they continued to push for more goals. Liverpool regrouped at half time and put in a spectacular second-half performance. Goals from Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino sealed a sensational victory at the Etihad Stadium.
Manchester United 1-1 Liverpool (Agg: 1-3), 2016
This Europa League round of 16 clash was one to remember for Liverpool fans. After a 2-0 win at Anfield, Liverpool knew that an away goal would kill off the tie. United started strongly and scored through Anthony Martial, but Phillipe Coutinho’s delightful goal all but ended the tie.
Manchester City 4-3 Tottenham (Agg: 4-4) 2019
In one of the most dramatic games in Champions Leauge history, Manchester City won the battle but lost the war. Spurs won the first leg 1-0 but Raheem Sterling levelled the tie in the fourth minute of the second leg. However, a quick brace from Son Heung-Min put Spurs back in the driver’s seat, before Bernardo Silva hit back. Goals from Sterling and Sergio Aguero then put City up 4-2 on the night and 4-3 on aggregate, but Fernando Llorente’s goal meant that Spurs were ahead on away goals. City thought they’d won it at the death when Sterling scored but a VAR check showed that Aguero was offside in the build-up and as such, it was Tottenham who advanced.
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