Top 5 Champions League quarterfinal upsets

The UEFA Champions League quarter final draw is out
The UEFA Champions League quarterfinal draw is out

The Quarterfinal draw for the UEFA Champions League has been revealed with the rematch of last year's final being the most eye-catching. Except for that upcoming clash between Juventus and Real Madrid, all ties seem to have a clear favourite.

Roma and Sevilla will start as heavy underdogs against Barcelona and Bayern Munich respectively while Liverpool will hope to rely on their European pedigree to offer a credible challenge to a Manchester City side who are 21 points ahead of them in the domestic league.

So can any of these underdogs provide an upset?? There have been quite a few instances of favourites biting the dust in the quarterfinals of the Champions League/European Cup. Take a look at the five most memorable upsets in the history of the Champions League quarter-finals.

#5 Schalke 04 7-3 Internazionale: 2010-11

Schalke trounced Internazionale in 2011-12
Joel Matip opened the floodgates for Schalke at the SanSiro

Ruhr valley club Schalke 04 is one of the most successful teams in Germany, having won seven Bundesliga titles, five DFB Pokals and even the UEFA Cup. Second largest club in Germany in terms of membership and sixth largest in the world, 'Die Knappen' doesn't quite fit the tag of an underdog except when it comes to Champions League pedigree.

So when Schalke drew reigning Champions League winners Internazionale in the quarterfinals of the 2010-11 edition, expectations in Gelsenkirchen wasn't that high. Inter had completed a treble the previous season and had just knocked out German Champions Bayern Munich in the previous round of the Champions League whereas Schalke had just fired head coach Felix Magath after a disappointing run in the Bundesliga.

The writing seemed to be on the wall at the start of the first leg in Italy when Dejan Stankovic scored a spectacular volley from the halfway line to put Inter ahead with just 27 seconds on the clock. Diego Milito would also find the net for Inter, but a resilient Schalke would equalise twice in the first half with Joel Matip and Edu ensuring that the score was 2-2 at the break.

The wheels would completely come off for the defending champions in the second half. First, European veteran Raul Gonzalez would beat Julio Cesar to put Schalke ahead after eight minutes of the restart. Within ten minutes of the goal, Inter completely disintegrated - Andrea Ranocchia scored an own goal to make the score 2-4 and Cristian Chivu was handed his second red card in four days to seal Inter's fate. Edu would score his second late on to hand Schalke a remarkable 5-2 advantage to take back to Germany.

Schalke's Veltins Arena was sold out for the second leg as fans geared up to cheer Schalke on to their first Champions League semifinal. It hardly mattered as Inter showed up having seemingly accepted defeat. Never was Schalke in danger of conceding four times at the former Arena AufSchalke and a routine 2-1 victory followed which saw Schalke march on to the semifinals with a 7-3 aggregate victory.

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Edited by Sripad
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