Top 5 all-English Champions League ties
The English sides have played some entertaining games in the Champions League. We look at five of the best...
Liverpool and Manchester City's clash in the Champions League quarterfinal will be the first all-English tie to be played in the competition since 2011. Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal were Champions League regulars not so long ago and they often made it to the knockout stages which led to all-English ties.
From Chelsea's last-gasp winner at Highbury in 2004 to the west London club's incredible 4-4 draw with Liverpool, all the way to the dramatic scenes in Moscow in 2008 when Manchester United lifted the European Cup after John Terry's penalty miss, there have been drama aplenty in Europe between English clubs. There have only been five unique ties played, a result of the fact that the English teams are kept apart until the quarterfinal stages.
We look at the top five ties between English sides since the inception of the new format in 1998.
#5 Arsenal 1-3 Manchester United (Agg 1-4), Semifinal 2nd leg 2008/09
The 2008/09 Champions League saw Manchester United enter as defending champions, meeting an Arsenal side who were keen to make amends for their 2006 final loss and win Arsene Wenger’s first European trophy as a manager.
That dream was swept away though by a dominant Manchester United at the European peak of Sir Alex Ferguson’s reign. This match was Manchester United – and Cristiano Ronaldo – at their lethal best. Park Ji-Sung pulled off a brilliant finish in the seventh, capitalising on Kieran Gibbs’ unfortunate slip.
Cristiano Ronaldo pulled off what had come to be his signature move – a thunderous free-kick which caught Manuel Almunia off guard from near 40 yards out put the Red Devils three up on aggregate and essentially ended the tie.
The Gunners faced more misery after the break as a rapid Manchester United counter-attack – 10 seconds from one end to the other – saw Ronaldo put the ball in the back of the net and book Manchester United’s place in their second consecutive Champions League final – the only English side to do so.
Arsenal converted a penalty late on to get some scraps of dignity, but it was far too little far too late.
The sheer dominance of Manchester United’s performance away to one of the best teams in England means this makes the list.