Top 10 thrilling Champions League Matches of All Time
The UEFA Champions League is regarded as the foremost and the best club competition across the globe. A stage set for the clash of titans, a.k.a the biggest clubs in the world, the Champions League is a delight for the fans to watch from all over the world. It is the arena where the ultimate football giants battle it out against each other to prove their supremacy in the footballing world.
The winner of this enchanting contest also stamps its authority as the best football club in the world for the particular year.
Nothing gives the fans a better adrenaline rush than a clash that goes down to the wire. Last-minute goals, surprise upsets, and historic match-winning displays create the best memories for football spectators. Over the years, the Champions League has witnessed clashes that have mesmerized people, delivering all the elements mentioned above.
On the eve of Champions League 2017/18, we take a look at the top 10 most thrilling matches ever played in the history of the competition.
#10: BAYERN MUNICH 4-2 JUVENTUS (2015-16)
Round: Last 16- Second Leg
Aggregate: Bayern 6-4 Juventus
This enthralling encounter is remembered as one of the best comebacks in recent times. After pulling out a draw at Turin, Bayern went into the match as the team leading on away goals. But, it took Juventus just five minutes after the start to score their first away goal.
Paul Pogba drilled the ball into an empty net after a defensive error from David Alaba saw Stephan Lichtsteiner pass the ball to the young Frenchman. Although the Bavarians dominated the game, it was Juan Cuadrado who scored again to equal the away goal tally in the 28th minute. The goal was an outcome of a clinical counter-attack led by Morata's magical run.
It took Bayern the 73rd minute to score the goal as Lewandoski headed home. Then, Kingsly Coman's deft cross to Mueller saw the Bavarians scrap a 2-2 draw in the last minute.
As the match forayed into extra time, substitute Thiago Alcantara carved out an opening in Juventus defence after a one-two with Mueller and scored in the 108th minute as Bayern took the lead. Another goal from Juventus could have ended the UCL campaign for Bavarians on away goals. But, substitute Kingsly Coman rose to the occasion two minutes later, scoring the fourth goal, ultimately killing the game.
Bayern Munich: Neuer, Lahm, Kimmich, Benatia (Bernat 45), Alaba, Alonso (Coman 60), Douglas Costa, Muller, Vidal, Ribery (Thiago Alcantara 101), Lewandowski
Goalscorers: Lewandowski 73, Thomas Mueller 90, Thiago Alcantara 108, Coman 110
Juventus: Buffon, Lichtsteiner, Barzagli, Bonucci, Evra, Cuadrado (Pereyra 89), Khedira (Sturaro 68), Hernanes, Pogba, Alex Sandro, Morata (Mandzukic 72)
Goalscorers: Pogba 5, Cuadrado 28