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IN People ON 05 Jun, 2015
Ahead of this year's UCL Final that might either win Andre Pirlo his parting gift or help Barcelona bring home yet another treble, we bring you the top 12 UCL Finals of all time that brought alive some of the greatest moments in the tournament's history.
Drogba's last match for Chelsea and Bayern Munich's dream of playing a UCL final in their own backyard saw the Bavarians dominate the match with their only goal until Drogba's 88th minute equalizer drew the match into extra time and further into the penalty shootout where again, Drogba scored the winner for the Blues giving Chelsea the best parting gift and their first ever UEFA title.
This final was marked by Bobby Charlton's flawless game, gave Manchester United a lead with the legend's goal in the first half, however Benifica's equalizer late in the match made things shady for the Red Devils. But the extra time saw the English with a raised morale and they readily won the game scoring 4-1, ten years after the Munich air disaster.
An all German finale, This match was Bayern Munich's chance to bring home the treble. A 1-1 tie ensued throughout the match and both the sides were defending exceedingly well with the rise in pressure. In these conditions, Robbery as the duo of Robben and Reibery is famously known, successfully penetrated through the defense of Dortmund and Robben scored a 89th minute winner helping the Bavarians bring home their first ever treble.
Arsenal's only UCL Final apperance, the game began as a nightmare for them as goalkeeper Jens Lehmann was shown the red card just 18 minutes in the game. However, the Gunners managed to dominate the game with a 1-0 lead until the 77th minute where the Spaniards scored an equalizer and right at the 81st minute took the lead destroying the Gunners morale and shattering their dream of a UCL title.
This was the first ever UCL final and needless to say, a classic contest between Spanish giants Real Madrid and the then French champions Stade Reims Champagne. Reims looked comfortable with a quick lead of 2-0 and seemed to have a grip over the match. The champagne that night however went to the Spanish as they won the game 4-3 coveting the first title in the history of the championship.
The all English final played in Moscow went on to become a penalty shootout thriller giving equal edge to both sides. Cristiano Ronaldo surprisingly failed to reach the back of the net which had given Chelsea its moment, but unfortunately skipper John Terry slipped while kicking the ball and kicked the title instead, giving away Manchester United their first ever UCL crown.
Defending champions Juventus had a cakewalk laid before them with underdogs Borussia Dortmund playing their first ever Champions League final against the Italian giants. Dortmund marked Zidane and made sure that they had a grip over the match which eventually led them to a 3-1 victory over Juventus. This final is considered as the best underdogs-victory in the history of UCL.
Barcelona's first chance to win the treble, this final saw a 1-1 tie through the first half making things skeptical for fans of both the sides but at the 54th minute Messi showed some magic giving Barcelona a comfortable lead and David Villa's 69th minute curler helped the Spaniards indeed bring home their first treble.
Dubbed as the La Decima, this final saw Atletico Madrid dominate the game for the whole 90 minutes with a 1-0 lead until at the final moment of the stoppage time, talisman as he can be rightly called, Sergio Ramos scored an excellent equalizer with a header pulling the match in extra-time. Real Madrid then killed with scoring 3 goals in 30 minutes and winning an almost lost game with the difference 4-1. One of the best games in UCL history without a doubt.
After equal scores 1-1 scored only in a few minutes since the match began, what happened next was the best UCL final goal ever (I'd recommend you to watch it on youtube). Zidane shot a left footed volley from the box's corner which went into the net like a Bazooka winning Real Madrid their third Champions League title in their third Champions League final appearance.
Bayern Munich's 90-minutes dominance with one goal to United's zero had almost brought the Bavarians their victory but Manchester united's substitutes Teddt Sheringham and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had something else on their mind. Sheringham scored an equalizer in the first moment of stoppage time and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer won the night by scoring a winner in the very final moment of the match bringing Manchester United a treble glory!
The undisputed gem of a game, this final is considered to be the best match ever in the League's history. 3 goals to none Liverpool had never seen any worse and humiliating times than this. Right then, up stepped a man named Steven Gerrard. His goal was the display of the Scousers' will to come back in the match and he motivated the team which indeed came back in the match scoring 3 goal within 6 damn minutes! The match then went into penalty shootout and the Reds made no mistake in bringing home their only and the best ever UCL title.
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