Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid will meet each other in the final of the UEFA Champions League on Saturday night for the second time in three seasons.
It promises to be a feisty affair as both teams usually produce spectacles when they cross paths.
Ahead of the final on Saturday at the San Siro Stadium, Completesportsnigeria.com’s JAMES AGBEREBI looks back at previous finals involving two teams from the same country…
REAL MADRID 3-0 VALENCIA (1999-2000)
The final of the 1999-2000 UEFA Champions League final between Real Madrid and Valencia, was the first time in the history of the competition that two clubs from the same country competed in the final.
While Madrid were chasing their eighth Champions League title, Valencia were eyeing a first ever title in their history.
But it was Madrid that emerged victorious after overcoming Valencia 3-0 at Stade de France.
Fernando Morientes gave Madrid the lead in the first half. Steve Mcmanaman made it 2-0 before Raul Gonzalez sealed the win for Madrid.
AC MILAN 0-0 JUVENTUS: Juventus won 3-2 on penalties (2002-2003)
AC Milan and Juventus squared off in the final of the 2002-2003 Champions League at Old Trafford.
After 120 minutes of football ended 0-0, the game went into a penalty shootout with AC Milan winning 3-2 after Andriy Shevchenko scored the decisive spot kick.
The win was AC Milan’s sixth title while Juventus suffered their third straight final loss (lost to Dortmund and Real Madrid in 1997, 1998 respectively).
MANCHESTER UNITED 1-1 CHELSEA; United prevailed 6-5 on penalties (2007-2008)
Chelsea qualified for their first UEFA Champions League final in 2008 but came up short against Manchester United via penalties.
Cristiano Ronaldo put United ahead before Frank Lampard drew Chelsea level, ending the first half one goal apiece.
Few minutes to the end of the second half of extra-time, Didier Drogba was sent off after striking Nemanja Matic in the face.
And in the shootout, John Terry missed a golden opportunity as he slipped and his mis-hit effort struck the outside of the right post and went wide.
Edwin Van Der Sar emerged the hero of the day after stopping Nicholas Anelka’s sudden death kick and helping United earn their third Champions League title.
BAYERN MUNICH 2-1 DORTMUND (2012-2013)
After the disappointment of losing the 2012 UEFA Champions League final to Chelsea right inside the Allianz Arena, Bayern Munich made amends by beating Dortmund 2-1 in the final the following season.
At Wembey, Bayern Munich grabbed the lead through Mario Mandzukic.
Ilkay Gundogan equalised for Dortmund from the penalty spot after Dante fouled Marko Reus.
But in the 89th minute, Arjen Robben put the ghost of the 2012 final to rest as he scored the winning goal.
REAL MADRID 4-1 ATLETICO MADRID (2013-2014)
Eyeing a record 10th UEFA Champions League title, Real Madrid, for the second time, met another Spanish club in the final of the 2013-2014 final.
This time, it was bitter city rivals Atletico Madrid, who qualified for the final for the first time since 1974.
Atletico were whiskers away from landing their first ever Champions League title, after taking the lead from the first half through Diego Godin.
Unfortunately, it wasn’t to be as Sergio Ramos made it 1-1 as full time approached, before extra-time goals from Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Marcelo gave Real their 10th Champions League trophy.Jiji.ng the cheapest online shopping in Nigeria.
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