On the occasion of the 10th anniversary of 90min, we have decided to come back to what we consider to be the 10 greatest moments of the Champions League over the past 10 years. Warning the eyes.
Come on, a little chauvinism, let’s start with one of the greatest moments in French football of the last decade. A completely crazy match at the end of which PSG snatched their qualification for the quarter-finals at Stamford Bridge despite the headwinds, in 2015.
Reduced to 10 in the 30th minute after the exclusion of Ibrahimovic, PSG plans to see their adventure stop in the round of 16 with Cahill’s opening scoring 10 minutes from the end of regulation time.
David Luiz (85th) then puts his people back in the bath with a monumental helmet blow, sending the two teams into overtime. Eden Hazard thinks in turn to close the debates, from a penalty (95th).
It was then that Thiago Silva emerges, with a second header as angry as the first of his Brazilian compatriot, on a corner hit by another Thiago (Motta, 113th). One of the most resounding exploits in the history of PSG.
FC Barcelona has democratized the use of the word « remountada » from its unexpected success against PSG in 2017.
A year later, however, AS Roma decided to use the Italian word … against the same Barça.
Easy winner of AS Rome on his lawn (4-1), the Catalan club will regret this only goal conceded by Dzeko at Camp Nou. The Bosnian does it again by opening the scoring the following week, initiating a comeback pursued by Daniele De Rossi (58th) and completed by Kostas Manolas (82nd) with a cult header.
Before 2012, Chelsea had only one chance to win their first Champions League in their history. A dream shattered by Manchester United in 2008.
Four years later and after Torres eliminated Barça on a famous counter-attack in the semifinals, the residents of Stamford Bridge see Bayern stand on their way this time as the last obstacle.
Seeing Thomas Muller open the scoring in the 83rd minute, Chelsea certainly still think that their dream will fly away. But it was without counting on a certain Didier Drogba. With a stunning header, the Ivorian international puts his people back in the game (1-1, 88th), before registering the victorious shot on goal of his team during the fateful session … after having nevertheless caused a penalty in overtime, stopped by Cech against Robben. Epic.
Some would say that the Bavarian defender has never been the same after experiencing such a nightmare. The video was then running on all social networks and was hijacked in any way possible.
In the semi-final first leg of the Champions League in 2015, Bayern moved to Camp Nou without yet knowing the hell he was going to and the desire for humiliation that inhabits a certain Argentinian « Chip ».
Lionel Messi delivers the perfect performance. A goal to open the scoring in the 77th minute then an assist offered to Neymar in added time for the 3-0.
Between ? The masterpiece. On a pass from Rakitic, the Pulga broke Jérome Boateng in 1 against 1, making him fall on the buttocks before going to play Neuer with a dive of rare insolence.
That day, the supporters and his teammates are not mistaken and worship their God who comes from elsewhere at the time to return from a goal (77) in front of Cristiano Ronaldo (76) in the ranking of scorers in the competition.
But three years later, CR7 is the man who scores the most goals in the competition. Obviously not tired of his two consecutive European trophies previously won, the future bianconero marks the Allianz Stadium with his imprint with Real Madrid, in the quarter-finals of the 2018 edition.
The Merengue won 3-0. The second is a masterpiece. Ronaldo almost suspended in the air to take again at a crazy height a cross from Carvajal of a return as acrobatic as legendary.
Zinedine Zidane himself can not believe it. The Portuguese will admit himself having scored that night to have certainly scored the best goal of his career.
In the quarterfinals first leg, Cristiano Ronaldo does not know it yet but he has undoubtedly inspired one of his teammates.
In the final, during this same 2017-2018 edition, Real Madrid saw Liverpool stand as the last obstacle between the Madrid club and a third consecutive trophy.
Helped by a catastrophic Loris Karius, the Merengue still want to mark the occasion in the final. That’s when Gareth Bale emerges. However replacing, Zidane preferring Isco, the Welshman returned on time and three minutes later, dazzled Kiev with a sensational return, before going to offer himself a double, 20 minutes later, to bring in the Real in the history of competition.
If Barça’s comeback from Barça in 2017 against PSG inspired the following ones, then the Catalan club would certainly have preferred to do without.
Two years later, and after having already experienced the Manolas tragedy, Barça thinks they have the hardest part by winning in the semi-final first leg (3-0), at Camp Nou, against Liverpool.
The Catalans will completely disguise themselves on their return to the stifling heat of a supercharged Anfield and on a brilliant inspiration from Alexander-Arnold. A corner shot quickly for Origi under the astonished eyes of Lionel Messi’s teammates.
We thought we had our dose of madness with this first semi-final between Liverpool and FC Barcelona during the 2019 edition of the Champions League. It was without counting on Tottenham and former resident of Ligue 1, Lucas Moura.
Defeated in the first leg, at home (0-1), the Spurs take the entry water, in Amsterdam, with two goals conceded in 35 minutes.
Lucas then revives his own with two goals scored in four minutes (55th, 59th).
Ajax supporters do not see the blow coming and start the count separating them from a final in added time. Count stopped by the Brazilian in the dying seconds of the game.
As another Parisian would say: « Are you not happy? Triple« .
Head shots have decidedly greatly shaped the recent history of the Champions League and its craziest scenarios. It is therefore mandatory to mention that of Sergio Ramos, in 2014.
Real Madrid then runs after its famous « Decima » but comes up against a rival fighter, resident of the same city, Atletico de Madrid.
Sacred champions of Spain a few days earlier, the Colchoneros then think their year will take an even more significant turn when Godin opens the scoring in the final (36th) on an approximate exit from Iker Casillas.
Diego Simeone’s men then barricade the house and resist, their players falling in turn in pain from the cramps. And they think they have done the hard part until this corner shot by Modric on the equalizing head of Ramos (90 + 3).
Physically skinned, the Colchoneros collapsed in extra time, conceding three more goals and seeing their dream shattered.
The biggest comeback in football history. Defeated by an irresistible PSG in the first leg (4-0), the Blaugrana are still considering the feat, a few days later, in their enclosure.
At the break, the Catalans also lead 2-0 and have reason to believe it after having made up half of their delay. Upon returning from the locker room, Messi transforms a penalty obtained by the future Parisian, Neymar (50th).
Cavani then thinks reassuring his family, seven minutes later, with a nice half-volley (62nd).
Barça must therefore score three new goals and the feat turns into a real miracle. The locals don’t shy away from it all. Neymar scored two goals in three minutes (88th, 91st) including a sumptuous free kick.
The Brazilian, on fire that night, then punctuates what will undoubtedly remain as the greatest feat of football by turning into a decisive passer for Sergi Roberto (95th), forever PSG’s biggest nightmare.