Sunday High 5: Champions League Finals

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All of my top fans (yes, all 2 of you) will realise that this is a new feature to and quite honestly I’ve invented it because it’s getting late today and I can’t think about what to write. The Sunday High 5 list will compromise of my top 5 of a random subject and, yes you guessed it, will be posted every Sunday.

This week I thought it would be relevant to do the first Sunday High 5 list of greatest Champions League finals. I apologise for the spate of football related articles this week, the season is over and I’m trying to handle going cold turkey.

So, without further a due:

5. Celtic vs Inter Milan (1967)

This game just edged it onto the list due to the fact that it was the first British European cup win. The final took place in 1967 in Lisbon and, after a first half Inter penalty, Celtic scored 2 in the second half to clinch the cup.

4. AC Milan vs Ajax

This match was special as it showed AC Milan deviating from the traditional defensive Italian game. Milan took the game 4-1 with a hat trick from Pierino Prati despite a young Johan Cruyff playing for the opposing team. A notable mention goes to AC Milan goalkeeper of the time Fabio Cudicini who is the father of former Chelsea and current Tottenham reserve keeper Carlo Cudicini.

3. Manchester United vs Bayern Munich (1999)

During the later Eighties and the whole of the Nineties Manchester United were the only English team to reach the European cup final (due to the Heysel ban) but they showed why they deserved it through this thriller of a game. After to being 0-1 down until injury time, two classic David Beckham crosses eventually fell to the two substitutes, Teddy Sheringham and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer who each, after much confusion, poked them into the Munich goal.

2. Real Madrid vs Frankfurt

The highest scoring European cup final of all time. Real Madrid won 7-3 in the end as two of their players scored hat-tricks (Di Stefano and Puskás). Initially the game looked in doubt as the German football association had banned any German teams from playing in games with the striker Ferenc Puskás after the striker alleged that the West Germany national team had used drugs. The attendance amassed to a huge 135,000 people and the game was regarded as one of the best ever.

1. Liverpool vs AC Milan (2005)

I don’t think there was ever any doubt as to which final would top this list as it tops almost every other list of the same type. After being 3-0 down in the first half to a goal from Paolo Maldini and a scintillating double from Hernan Crespo Liverpool managed to do the impossible. In six jaw dropping, second half minutes the reds managed to pull back to 3-3 with goals from Steven Gerrard Vladimir Smicer and Xabi Alonso. The game moved on into extra time after Shevchecko had a 1 yard shot blocked on the line by one hit wonder goalkeeper Jerzy Dudek. Penalties then ensued and “that” save by Jerzy Dudek sealed Liverpool their fifth Campions league trophy.

Agree with my High 5? Think there was a better final? Comment below.

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