UEFA Lists Eight Unforgettable Games Of 2019/20 Champions League


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

“We regularly deliver football of mouth-watering quality and heart-stopping tension – and this season has been no exception.

“With just one game remaining in a unique and captivating campaign, we select some of the most unforgettable contests from the 118 matches so far. Enjoy!” UEFA said.

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 was a surprise to see 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 close to a memorable point. Erling Braut Haaland struck the equaliser to further boost 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 join Liverpool.

2. Chelsea 4-4 Ajax

05/11/19, group stage Matchday 4

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

Must-see moment: Hakim Ziyech’s audacious free-kick from near the corner flag bouncing in via 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, only for Dinamo to muster two late goals. But there’s late and then there’s late. Júnior Moraes gave Shakhtar hope in the third minute of added time before teenage substitute Tetê – making his Champions League debut – converted a 98th-minute penalty. Given for a foul on Shakhtar keeper Andriy Pyatov, no less. Oh, and there were two red cards.

Must-see moment: Pyatov racing up the pitch for a desperate late corner and winning that last-gasp spot kick.

4. Leipzig 2-2 Benfica

27/11/19, group stage Matchday 5

How quickly things can change. When the final minute of this game began, Benfica were 2-0 up and still hopeful of a place in the round of 16. By the time the final 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 and then heading in the equaliser in the 96th minute. “It’s fair to say 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 turn the ball wide.

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