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2018: Top memorable and iconic football moments.

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Published 03 Jan 2019, 19:11 IST
03 Jan 2019, 19:11 IST

AS Roma v FC Barcelona - UEFA Champions League Quarter Final Leg Two
AS Roma v FC Barcelona - UEFA Champions League Quarter Final Leg Two

2018 has come off to an end. It was a fabulous year for football.

From Manchester City winning the Premier League with record-breaking 100 points to Croatia with just a population of 4 million people reaching the finals of the FIFA World Cup. 

From Real Madrid winning the Champions League third time in a row to Lopetegui sacked twice in four months. 

There was no scarcity of iconic, and memorable moments. In this slideshow, we bring five of the most iconic and memorable moments of 2018.

#1 Julen Lopetegui sacked twice in four months

FC Barcelona v Real Madrid CF - La Liga

In an unfortunate course of events, Julen Lopetegui saw himself sacked from two of the biggest jobs in the world football.

Back in June, Spain were one of the favourites to win the title. They were functioning like a well-oiled machine under the tutelage of Lopetgui's. But everything came down crashing when Florentino Perez, Real Madrid president announced him as the Zidane's successor.

Spanish FA was not happy with all the drama, and they took no time to show Lopetegui the door and appointed Fernando Hierro as an interim coach. Lopetegui would have thought that he would redeem himself at the Bernabeu but, unfortunately, his tenure did not go well. He was sacked just 140 days after he took the job. 

#2 Roma's comeback against Barcelona

AS Roma players erupted in joy after their historic win vs FC Barcelona

Roma's win against unbeaten La Liga leaders and Spanish giants FC Barcelona in the Champions League quarterfinals will be one of the biggest comebacks of all time. After a 4-1 defeat at Camp Nou, most of the people in the footballing world thought it as the end of AS Roma's journey in the Champions League but defying all the odds Roma achieved the impossible. 

The Italian side put up a dominant performance in the midfield completely nullifying any Barcelona attack. They sealed the comeback with the goals from Edin Dzeko, Daniele De Rossi, and Kostas Manolas.

As soon as the referee blew the whistle, the whole stadium erupted in joy. It was an extraordinary win as before AS Roma, only two teams in the Champions League history overturned a lead of 3 or more goals. 

They went on to the semifinals where they gave a good fight to the eventual runner-ups Liverpool. 

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