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Greatest Champions League game of all time? What about these?


Tottenham and Manchester City stunned the world with one of the craziest Champions League games you will see.

The tie saw four goals in the first 11 minutes of the quarter-final tie at the Etihad and then Raheem Sterling scored in injury time, only for the goal to be ruled out for offside.

But was it the best match since the Champions League’s name change in 1992? Sportsmail’s experts have revealed their greatest-ever games.

Fernando Llorente scored the winner as Tottenham won an incredible quarter-final clash

The ball looked as though it came off Llorente’s arm and then his hip and into the net

Pep Guardiola was in disbelief as a VAR ruled out Raheem Sterling’s injury-time winner

Laurie Whitwell – Manchester United 2-1 Bayern Munich – 26 May 1999

I’m sorry but it has to be 1999. The quality in the actual game may have been pretty underwhelming but the drama was immense. It was a slow burner, where the potential glory awaiting Manchester United hung over the action to ratchet up the tension, which was realised in the most incredible way after 90 minutes.

The quality in the game may have been pretty underwhelming but the drama was immense

Mike Keegan – AC Milan 3-3 Liverpool – 25 May 2005

Last night cannot be far off the top of the list. It had it all – apart from decent defending. Manchester United fans would have a valid claim for the 1999 Final, given what it meant and given how it came about. However, it is hard to look beyond Liverpool’s comeback against AC Milan in 2005. Yes, they have won on penalties but their story is as close to fiction as you can get. Having narrowly come through a play-off against Austrian minnows Grazer AK, they qualified from their group on goal difference. Coming from three goals down was incredible and even more so when you look at Milan’s back four. Cafu, Jaap Stam, Alessandro Nesta and Paolo Maldini. Ridiculous.

it is hard to look beyond Liverpool’s three-goal comeback against AC Milan in 2005

Paul Newman – Manchester United 2-1 Bayern Munich – 26 May 1999

As a Spurs fan I really should say this latest monumental game against Manchester City or the ‘taxi for Maicon’ match in 2010 against Inter Milan when Gareth Bale announced himself as a world-class talent but I have to go for the 1999 Champions League final. For some reason I was in Barcelona to see Manchester United defeat Bayern Munich in such dramatic circumstances and saw my old school-mate Teddy Sheringham play such a big part in the triumph. Unforgettable.

Teddy Sheringham (right) scored in extra-time as Manchester United beat Bayern Munich

Craig Hope – Feyenoord 2 Newcastle 3 – 13 Nov 2002

This is the first game that springs to mind so I’ll stick with it, an occasion that is still talked about to this day on Tyneside. Newcastle needed to win and hope that Juventus won away to Dinamo Kiev as they attempted to become the first team to emerge from the group stage after losing their first three games. They were cruising after goals from Craig Bellamy and Hugo Viana but entering injury-time they had been pegged back to 2-2. And when Kieron Dyer went through on goal and missed they thought their chance had gone, only for Bellamy to pounce on the rebound and score from an impossible angle. To this day I have never seen a Newcastle goal celebrated quite like that one.

Newcastle were cruising after goals from Craig Bellamy (pictured) and Hugo Viana

Oliver Todd – Barcelona 2-2 Chelsea – 24 Apr 2012

A game featuring the greatest team in the history of club football, spectacularly downed on a night of dramatic tension with a grandstand finish.

Fernando Torres’ late goal was the showstopper but the sub-headlines included an absurd red-card foul from John Terry, Chelsea playing without a centre back, Lionel Messi missing a penalty and a brilliant chip from Ramires.

This was the night that ended Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona dynasty in the most surprising fashion. Oh, and Gary Neville’s commentary was pretty memorable too.

Fernando Torres rounded Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes during the semi-final clash

Adam Crafton – Juventus 2-3 Manchester United – 21 Apr 1999

One of the handful of games that transformed Alex Ferguson into Sir Alex Ferguson. These Champions League victories take on greater significant if they form a route to glory and this comeback victory for United had it all. Two goals down and needing to win, Roy Keane produced the performance of his career and Dwight Yorke and Andy Cole were at the peak of their powers. There was triumph and torment, as United overcame the Juventus of Zinedine Zidane and Antonio Conte but Keane and Scholes picked up bookings to rule them out the final. The result endures, too, as it was critical to United’s famous treble. Manchester City’s desolation on Wednesday night is a reminder of just how extraordinary and fragile the pursuit of the three major prizes can be.

Two goals down and needing to win, Roy Keane produced the performance of his career

Chris Wheeler – Barcelona 6 PSG 1 – 8 March 2017

It’s hard to find a more bonkers game than Tottenham’s win over City, but Barcelona managed it two years ago to reach the quarter-finals at the expense of a shell-shocked PSG.

The Catalans became the first club in the history of the Champions League to overturn a 4-0 first-leg deficit, but it was the manner of the win that makes it even more special.

Barca were still 5-3 down on aggregate in the 88th minute and needed to score three times because PSG had an away goal. Then Neymar struck twice and a 95th-minute effort from Sergi Roberto completed an incredible comeback at the Nou Camp.

Barcelona were still 5-3 down on aggregate in the 88th minute and needed to score three

Dominic King – AC Milan 4-0 Barcelona – 18 May 1994

The obvious thing for the Merseyside reporter to do would be to nominate Liverpool 3 AC Milan 3, May 2005. That game stands alone for the club, its fans and the players involved but the story has been written a thousand times. So, for something different, i’m going to say AC Milan 4 Barcelona 0 in May 1994. If you have the time, watch the highlights on YouTube. It was, undoubtedly, the most complete performance by a team in a final. Barcelona were glorious but AC Milan that night played football from the heavens, the goals of Marcel Desailly and Dejan Savicevic putting the gloss on perfection.

Barcelona were glorious but AC Milan that night played football from the heavens

Joe Bernstein- Barcelona 2 Chelsea 2 – 24 April 2012

A result that scarcely seems possible, even now. Barca were at their Messi peak, Chelsea’s great team were past their best. Barca overturned a 1-0 first leg deficit to lead 2-0, Messi missed a penalty and Chelsea had John Terry sent off. A cricket score was on the cards, even when Ramires scored a solo goal on the stroke of half-time. Yet 10-man Chelsea survived a barrage of Barca pressure to protect their away goal advantage and a late breakaway by Fernando Torres booked a very unlikely Champions League final. Extraordinary scenes.

A late breakaway by Fernando Torres booked a very unlikely Champions League final



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