8-Memorable Match of 2018/2019 Champions-League

8-Memorable Match of 2018/2019 Champions-League
8-Memorable Match of 2018/2019 Champions-League

8-Memorable Match of 2018/2019 Champions-League

The UEFA Champions League has highlighted the simplest eight unforgettable games of the 2019/2020 Champions League.

UEFA gave the highlight on its website before tonight’s Champions League final between Bayern München and Paris Saint-Germain at the Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica

“We daily play football of amazing quality and heart-warming stress – and this season has not been an exception.

“With only one game remaining during a unique and captivating campaign, we select a number of the foremost unforgettable contests from the 118 matches thus far . Enjoy!” UEFA said.

8-Memorable Match of 2018/2019 Champions-League

1. Liverpool 4-3 Salzburg

02/10/19, group stage Matchday 2

Liverpool know a thing or two about comebacks from 3-0 down so it had been a surprise to ascertain them given a taste of their own medicine at Anfield, where Jesse Marsch’s rousing half-time speech and a switch in tactics brought Salzburg so on the brink of a memorable point. Erling Braut Haaland scored an equaliser to further revive his burgeoning reputation, but the holders eventually pulled rank via Mohamed Salah’s second goal of the night.

Must-see moment: Takumi Minamino’s sweeping volley for Salzburg – two months before the japanese international agreed to hitch Liverpool.

2. Chelsea 4-4 Ajax

05/11/19, group stage Matchday 4

8-Memorable Match of 2018/2019 Champions-League

Another epic comeback – and this point it stuck. The scoreline was already 1-1 after just five minutes and therefore the goals continued to flow, with Ajax racing 4-1 ahead and still leading 4-2 once they lost Daley Blind and Joël Veltman to red cards. Chelsea felt their opportunity and looked like the lucky team to win it after Reece James equalised the scores. “It was a crazy game,” said the full-back. Indeed it was.

Must-see moment: Hakim Ziyech’s amazing free-kick from near the corner flag which bounced in through the far post and Blues goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga.

3. Dinamo Zagreb 3-3 Shakhtar Donetsk

06/11/19, group stage Matchday 4

More goal-laden madness. On this occasion, the teams were tied at 1-1 with eight minutes left, just for Dinamo to muster two late goals. But there’s late and then there’s late. Júnior Moraes gave Shakhtar hope within the third minute of added time before teenage substitute Tetê – making his Champions League debut – converted a 98th-minute penalty. Considering the foul on Shakhtar keeper, Andriy Pyatov, no less. Oh, and they had two red cards.

8-Memorable Match of 2018/2019 Champions-League

Must-see moment: Pyatov ran round the pitch for an opportuned late corner and having won that last-gasp spot kick.

4. Leipzig 2-2 Benfica

27/11/19, group stage Matchday 5

How quickly things can change. When the ultimate minute of this game began, Benfica were 2-0 up and still hopeful of an area within the round of 16. By the time the ultimate whistle blew, the Portuguese side were out of the competition – and Leipzig had qualified for the knockout phase. Emil Forsberg swung the pendulum, first burying a penalty then heading within the equaliser within the 96th minute. “It’s fair to mention I’m happy, very happy,” grinned the Swedish forward.

Must-see moment: Raúl de Tomás trying his luck from his own half and substitute Leipzig keeper Yvon Mvogo scrambling to show the ball wide.

5. Valencia 3-4 Atalanta

10/03/20, round of 16 second leg

8-Memorable Match of 2018/2019 Champions-League

Debutants Atalanta had already caused a stir by qualifying from the group stage despite losing their first three games – and that they were faraway from done yet. The Serie A side took a sharp 4-1 win into their second leg against Valencia but this was a pendulum classic, the visitors leading 1-0, 2-1 then losing 3-2 before Josip Iličić completed the primary four-goal haul during a Champions League knockout road game . “I’m getting better with age,” said the 32-year-old.

Must-see moment: 20-year-old Valencia prospect Ferrán Torres showing his promise with a pleasant lobbed goal from outside the world .

6. Liverpool 2-3 (aet) Atlético de Madrid

11/03/20, round of 16 second leg

The only game this season to need overtime and a match dripping with tension. Liverpool’s title defence looked to be in fine condition when Roberto Firmino fired the Reds 2-1 ahead within the tie after 94 minutes, but two goals from substitute Marcos Llorente and a late strike from Álvaro Morata sent the champions, Liverpool frustrated out of Europe. “The change of Diego Costa for Llorente was actually defensive, but it didn’t compute like that!” grinned Atleti coach Diego Simeone.

8-Memorable Match of 2018/2019 Champions-League

Must-see moment: Simeone, arms flapping at his side, rousing the Atlético fans at the top of a famous victory

7. Atalanta 1-2 Paris

12/08/20, quarter-finals

Choupo-Moting for president!” only one of the many euphoric headlines within the French press the day after Paris secured only their second ever Champions League semi-final berth. Having celebrated the 50th anniversary of their foundation, the Ligue 1 powerhouse were being defeated until a pair of unlikely heroes came to their rescue within the closing moments – centre-back Marquinhos and substitute forward Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, originally overlooked of Paris’s squad for the knockout stage. Pure drama.

Must-see moment: the Paris players singing “Choupo, Choupo” as the cult figure had closed his place in history of the club.

8. Barcelona 2-8 Bayern München

14/08/20, quarter-finals

8-Memorable Match of 2018/2019 Champions-League

Unlike most of those matches, there was nothing close about this one – but it’ll surely be talked about for years. “The win of the century” consistent with German newspaper Bild, this was an absolutely blistering display of attacking force from a Bayern side fully stride and a brutal wake-up call for Barcelona, who swiftly parted ways with coach Quique Setién. Two late goals from Philippe Coutinho, on loan from Barça, rubbed extra salt within the wound.


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