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5 Past UCL Semi- final Results To Inspire Man City Against Real Madrid

5 Past UCL Semi- final Results To Inspire Man City Against Real Madrid

 

 

Manchester City will travel to Spain to take on 10 time UEFA Champions League winners Real Madrid inside the Santiago Bernabeu.

 

In the first leg that took place at the Etihad last week Tuesday, Both sides settled for a 0-0 draw.

 

And looking ahead to the second leg clash that comes up on Wednesday, Completesportsnigeria.com's JAMES AGBEREBI, takes a look at past Champions League semi-final clashes that had similar first leg result, but later won in the return leg by the side who first dropped the point at home. These are bound to inspire Manchester City to claim an unlikely win over Madrid for UCL final slot.

 

 

1. ATLETICO MADRID V CHELSEA (2014)

 

Atletico Madrid made sure their 2012 UEFA Super Cup 4-1 win against Chelsea was no fluke, as they edged out Chelsea in the semi-final of the 2013/2014 UEFA Champios League season.

 

In the first leg played inside the Vicente Calderon, Chelsea put up a defensive display that frustrated every attacking move of Atletico. And at the end of the first leg, both teams settled for a 0-0 draw.

 

But in the second leg at Stamford Bridge, all that changed as Atletico ran out 3-1 winners. Fernando Torres gave Chelsea the lead but Adrian drew Atletico level going into the break.

 

The game was finally decided following a goal each from Diego Costa (penalty) and Arda Turan in the second half. 

 

Atletico advanced into the final for the second time in their history but lost 4-1 to Real Madrid.

 

 

2. BARCELONA V CHELSEA (2009)

 

The semi-final clash between Barcelona and Chelsea in 2009 was one of the dramatic encounters in the history of the UEFA Champions League.

 

Despite going a man down in the second leg, after Eric Abidal was sent off, Barcelona still managed to upstage Chelsea to nick the final ticket.

 

After the first leg at the Nou Camp ended 0-0, all was to play for in the reverse fixture at Stamford Bridge. And it got off to the perfect start for Chelsea as Michael Essien opened the scoring with a thunderous left-foot shot.

 

Staring elimination in the face, Barcelona gave one last push. And in the 93rd minute, Andres Iniesta smashed in a volley that beat Petr Cech and nestled into the top right corner: 1-1 it ended, and Barca advanced on the strength of away goal.

 

Barcelona went on to win their third UEFA Champions League title as they beat Manchester United 2-0 at the Rome Olympic Stadium.

 

 

3. FC PORTO V DEPORTIVO LA CORUNA (2004)

 

Following their dramatic quarter-final win against AC Milan, beating them 4-0 after losing the first leg 4-1, Deportivo were everyone's favourites to make it to the final at the expense of FC porto.

 

Despite losing Andrade to a straight red card, Deportivo held on to a 0-0 draw in the first leg played inside the Estádio do Dragão, home of FC porto.

 

The Portuguese giants were not to be denied a place in the final as they pipped  Deportivo 1-0 in Spain, thanks to Derlei's second half penalty.

 

Led by Jose Mourinho, Porto were crowned European champions for the second time after they thrashed AS Monaco 3-0 in the final.

 

 

4. AC MILAN V INTER MILAN (2003)

 

Milan rivals, AC Milan and Inter Milan, were drawn against each other in the semi-final of the 2002-2003 UEFA Champions League.

 

Since the two teams played all their home games at the San Siro, the first leg was awarded to AC milan as their home game and it ended 0-0.

 

In the second leg, AC Milan took the lead through Andriy Shevchenko in first-half stoppage time. Obafemi Martins equalised for Inter with six minutes left but AC milan held on to progress 1-1 on the away goals rule.

 

And in the final, AC milan saw off Juventus 3-2 on penalty shootout, to claim their sixth title.

 

 

5. MANCHESTER UNITED V JUVENTUS (1999)

 

Manchester United met heavyweights and favourites for the 1999 UEFA Champions League, Juventus in the semi-finals.

 

In the quarter-finals, United edged out another top Italian side, Inter Milan, 3-1 on aggregate.

 

The first of their two-legged tie was played at Old Trafford with Juventus going in front in the first half, through skipper Antonio Conte.

 

But Ryan Giggs gave United a lifeline, as he smashed in a left-foot volley to end the game 1-1.

 

Hoping to finish off the job and qualify for their fourth straight final, Juventus raced to a 2-0 lead following a brace from Filipo Inzaghi in the sixth and 11th minute respectively.

 

United refused to give in as Roy Keane made it 2-1 from a David Beckham corner. Few minutes later Dwight Yorke got United's second goal to end the half 2-2.

 

And with seven minutes left, Andy Cole settled the tie as he tapped into an empty net to end the game 3-2 in favour of United.

 

United went on to defeat Bayern Munich 2-1 in the final and claimed an historic treble that year.

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