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5 meetings between English sides in the Champions League knockouts, and the results

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Modified 20 Dec 2019, 23:13 IST

Ajax v Tottenham Hotspur - UEFA Champions League Semi Final: Second Leg
Ajax v Tottenham Hotspur - UEFA Champions League Semi Final: Second Leg

Tottenham Hotspur are set to play against Liverpool in Saturday's Champions League Final in the Wanda Metropolitano in Madrid. This is only the second time that the final of Europe's premier club competition is to be contested by two English sides. Nevertheless, English sides have met quite often in the knockout phases of the competition, contesting some closely fought matches.

We take a look at the previous instances where English sides met in the knockouts of the Champions League.

Manchester City vs Tottenham Hotspur (Quarterfinal- 2018/19)

Manchester City v Tottenham Hotspur
Manchester City v Tottenham Hotspur

Manchester City 4-4 Tottenham Hotspur (Tottenham progressing on away goals)

A match still fresh in the minds of most Spurs and City supporters, it was a tie which had everything - early goals, late goals, VAR drama, selection controversy and pure, raw emotion. The first leg at Tottenham's new stadium was a tightly contested affair, with Sergio Aguero missing a penalty and Spurs taking the lead through Heung Min Son's well taken goal. The loss added to Pep Guardiola's horrendous record of having won only 4 of his past 22 Champions League knockout away matches. Nevertheless, it meant that the match was evenly poised for the second leg, with most bookmakers favoring City to overturn the deficit and progress to the semis.

The second leg was an instant Champions League classic. Both teams attacked from the start and by the end of the 21st minute, 5 goals had been scored with City leading 3-2. Sergio Aguero then scored in the 59th minute, which meant that Spurs would have to score again to progress. Fernando Llorente bundled the ball over the line from a corner and after a lengthy VAR check for handball, the goal was allowed to stand. City managed to score another in stoppage time, but the goal was disallowed for offside by VAR. Spurs lost the match 4-3, but progressed on away goals.

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Published 29 May 2019, 20:09 IST
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