With the knockout stage of the Champions League well and truly underway, we take a look back at the games which make this competition so special and has football fans on the edge of their seats.
5. Barcelona 2-2 Chelsea (2012)
Having won the first leg of the semi-final 1-0 at Stamford Bridge, the Blues found themselves 2-0 down in the first half courtesy of goals from Sergio Busquests and Andres Iniesta. Things got worse for Chelsea as captain John Terry was sent off for violent conduct, but eventually got a lifeline when Ramires chipped Victor Valdes to make it 2-1.
However, the most iconic moment of the match came when Fernando Torres, who was still adjusting following his move from Liverpool, ran the length of the pitch to round Valdes and send commentator Gary Neville into meltdown.
This would prove to be key match for Chelsea as they went on to beat Bayern Munich on penalties in the final to bring the most iconic trophy in the club game to Stamford Bridge for the first time in the Pensioners’ history.
4. Bayern Munich 4-2 Juventus (2016)
After a 2-2 draw in Turin, it was all to play for in this round of 16 second leg game at the Allianz Arena, and it proved to be an absolute cracker.
Juventus went into a 2-0 lead early in the first half, with goals coming from Paul Pogba and Juan Cuadrado. The Italian giants seemed to be cruising against the Bavarians, but one thing is for sure – never underestimate a side which possesses such attacking threats as Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Muller.
With Lewandowski making it 2-1 in the 73rd minute, they still struggled until Muller sent the tie into extra-time, which was unthinkable of Juventus considering their rock solid defence. But the Germans proved too strong for the Old Lady in added time, with goals from Thiago Alcantara and Kingsley Coman ensuring that the Bavarians progress from this classic Champions League encounter.
3. Borussia Dortmund 3-2 Malaga (2013)
During this season Borussia Dortmund received plaudits across the globe with their counter-attacking style of play, but it was this quarter-final second leg against Malaga which earned them a place in the hearts of football fans across the globe.
With the first leg finishing 0-0, it was all to play for at the Signal Iduna Park, but despite being 1-1 for a large majority of the game, Malaga scored a goal in the 82nd minute, which looked like they were on their way to a Champions League semi-final, but what was to follow couldn’t have been written by the top Hollywood screen writers.
In the dying minutes of the game, Marco Reus scored to make it 2-2, with Malaga still ahead on the away goals rule. However, Felipe Santana wrote his name into Borussia folklore as he scored a controversial goal that put the German side 3-2 up in the 93rd minute.
Speaking after the game, then Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp said (via the BBC):
“My assistants and me were looking at each other in shock in the dressing room and saying ‘this is crazy’. This is the best I’ve ever felt.”
2. Deportivo La Coruna 4-0 AC Milan (2004)
After being beaten 4-1 in the first leg of the quarter-final, no-one gave the Spanish side a chance against the then current holders who had the likes of Andrea Pirlo, Kaka and Andriy Shevchenko on their team. However, the La Liga outfit proved everyone wrong in what is regarded as one of the most iconic Champions League games of all time.
They stunned everyone by scoring three goals in the first half alone, courtesy of Walter Pandiani, Juan Carlos Valerón and Albert Luque.
Then on came Fran to score the fourth and final goal in the game and put the contest to bed.
1. Barcelona 6-1 PSG (2017)
This will always be remembered as the game that sent the BT Sports panel into complete meltdown and had Rio Ferdinand jumping out of his seat with pure excitement and disbelief.
After losing the first leg of this tie 4-0, it looked unlikely that Barcelona would progress but they had the belief that it was possible.
The Catalan club were 3-0 up by the 50th minute and seemed to be taking advantage of the panicky PSG defence until Edinson Cavani of PSG made it 3-1.
It would take three late goals from the Catalans to progress, but they did not lose focus, as the Barcelona could be heard chanting ‘si se pueda’, which translates to yes we can.
Two late goals from from Neymar made the score 5-1, but Barca still needed a goal in added time.
Up stepped Sergi Roberto to make it 6-1 to send the whole of Barcelona into wild celebrations and PSG manager Unai Emery with his head in his hands wondering where it all went wrong.
Luke Holmes. Pundit Arena