International soccer is also suffering the ravages of the COVID-19 virus, with various leagues practically stopped, mainly in Europe. The UEFA Champions League has decided to suspend its matches this week (those of March 17 and 18), corresponding to the round of 16, so it will be necessary to wait a little more time to know who goes to the next round between Manchester City vs. Real Madrid; Juventus vs. Lyon; Bayern Mnich vs. Chelsea; and Barcelona vs. Naples. To make this wait more bearable, it is worth reviving some of the best matches in the Champions League in this century.
It is not a finished list, it will be constantly updated with more spectacular encounters, especially to the comfort of Champions fans, for the moment.
So emblematic was this match, that it became The Miracle of Istanbul. If the UEFA Champions League finals are exciting in themselves, the May 2005 final was one notch higher, as Liverpool made a historic comeback against the favorite team, Milan. Everything seemed to be in favor of the team led by Carlo Ancelotti, having a three-goal advantage in the first half, but the break came in handy for the Reds, who came out to give everything until the end of the game, the penalties.
If it is already difficult to recover from the rival team having three goals in favor, it is almost impossible to trace four against. However, nothing is written with Barcelona, as it has shown so many times. In the first leg of the UEFA Champions League round of 16 (2017), PSG masterfully beat the squad and brought a four-goal lead. Already at home, the figures of the Barça team shone to their maximum and got a historic comeback, despite the fact that there was still a response from Cavani that complicated things.
For those who saw him play when they were children, the Brazilian Ronaldo was the role model, there was no other like him, especially for his leadership of the ball and his accurate definition. In the quarterfinals of the 2003 tournament, in the second leg at Old Trafford, Manchester United prevailed over Real Madrid, however, the magic that Ronaldo had already done, a treble, was enough for the merengue team to advance to the next round and the stadium will be surrendered. The first leg had been for the Whites (3-1).
After 14 years, Liverpool was the protagonist of another feat, El Milagro de Anfield, this time against Barcelona and without Mohamed Salah or Roberto Firmino, both due to injury. The first leg was 3-0 in favor of the team cul, so the return looked complicated, however, Jrgen Klopp's squad quickly opened the scoring with a goal by Origi; Barcelona tried to react, but luck was not on their side. Already the second half was all for Liverpool: Wijnaldum's double came and Origi concluded the goal party for the locals, to ensure their place in the grand final.
In addition to the scandalous score, 7-1, this match caught attention because Messi became a historian in the UEFA Champions League, as he scored five of the seven goals against the Germans, so the question quickly arose again: the Argentine is the best soccer player in history? In this edition of the European tournament, the team that remained in the semifinals, not exceeding Chelsea, the squad that would become tournament champion.
Another of the historic comebacks of the striking tournament was carried out by the Spanish club Deportivo La Corua against Milan. Everything seemed to be going well for the Italian team, with a score of 4-1 in the first leg. Already on the lap and at home, Deportivo La Corua was inspired and managed to place four goals to one of the most consistent defenses so far. Finally, the Spanish squad could not beat Porto in the semifinals, which would become the monarch of the 2004 edition.
And the UEFA Europa League?
European football lives not only from Champions, since the UEFA Europa League (formerly called the UEFA Cup) has also given us authentic football shows. For sample, these two unforgettable encounters:
The two English teams did not give the best show in the first half of the tournament final, at the Olimpico Stadium in Bak, they reserved everything for the complementary part, well, at least Chesea, who was in charge of thrashing Arsenal 4 -1, with so many from Giroud, Pedro and Hazard (a pair), who played his last match with the English team before coming to Real Madrid.
In a final with many goals, the team from Vitoria was about to perform a feat, no less than against Liverpool, however, a damn mistake shortly before the end of the extension, ended all their aspirations. In the end, this game played in Dortmund ended 5-4 in favor of the English team; It was soon rated as one of the most exciting matches of the formerly called UEFA Cup.