Three Greatest Champions League Matches

Real Madrid won the previous Champions League trop

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Three Greatest Champions League Matches

Real Madrid won the previous Champions League trophy but they are clearly struggling this season while Manchester City and Barcelona are emerging as top favorites for the coveted trophy this year. Liverpool can't be disregarded as potential winners and so can't be PSG and Juventus who are all performing very well in their respective leagues.

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Liverpool v AC Milan (2005 UCL final):

The 2004-05 Champions League final witnessed one of the greatest comebacks in the history of the competition. Within the first minute of the game, Paolo Maldini scored for Milan and became the oldest player ever to score in the Champions League. Then, Kaka and Hernan Crespo wrecked Liverpool's defenses in the space of 5 minutes, extending their lead to 3-0. Crespo was the player who scored both those goals in the first half.

Though Liverpool had the whole second half to play, a comeback in the match looked almost impossible for them. That's when Steven Gerrard headed a goal inspiring one of the greatest comebacks in the history of English soccer. In a few minutes, Smicer struck a goal followed by one from Alonso hauling Liverpool level with their opponent. Liverpool forced the play to be decided by a penalty shootout and to the huge surprise and delight of their fans, Liverpool prevailed to win the coveted trophy.

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Manchester United v Bayern Munich (1999 UCL final):

All Manchester United fans feel massively proud of their team's performance in the 1998-99 season, especially in the Champions League final. Even when heading into injury time with a goal down, Manchester United refused to believe that victory wasn't in their destiny. Bayern Munich had got an early lead through Mario Basler and had completely dominated the match since then. Manchester United, who were playing without Roy Keane and Paul Scholes due to suspension, was certainly heading towards defeat.

However, the performance of United in the injury time changed the whole course of the match. Teddy Sheringham hauled United level when David Beckham sent in a brilliant corner. Moments later, Ole Gunnar Solskaer made the most of another Beckham's corner to grab the near impossible victory for Manchester United. Bayern players were heart-broken while United players were ecstatic.

AC Milan v Barcelona (1994 UCL final)

When Milan and Barcelona were facing each other in the 1993-94 Champions League final, nobody expected a humiliating defeat to Barcelona. Featuring players like Ronald Koeman and Hristo Stoichkov, Barcelona were looking like clear favorites to win the title. They had already claimed the title just 2 years back, however, Milan registered a huge victory against the Catalan side in the 1994 Champions League final.

Milan was missing their captain Franco Baresi through suspension while their legendary striker Marco van Basten was also out of the team due to a long-term injury. Despite such disadvantages, Milan started dominating the match from the very beginning.

Daniele Massaro fired Milan ahead in the 22nd minute of the match and later extended the lead before the end of the first half. Savicevic and Desailly each scored a goal in the second half to end all the hopes for Barcelona. Nobody could have expected such a humiliating defeat for Barcelona who had just won the La Liga title for the fourth year in a row.