The final of the upcoming Champions League, in which two pressure machines Chelsea and Manchester City will converge, risks turning into a bright and unforgettable spectacle. And in passing, we will recall the five most interesting decisive battles in the main European Cup in the past decade in our opinion.
Bayern 1-1 Chelsea (3-4 on pens) 2012 final
Chelsea approached this final confrontation in the status of an unconditional underdog, no matter how paradoxical it may sound. The 2011/12 season turned out to be incredibly turbulent for the Blues. In the course of that campaign, Andre Villas-Boas was fired, replaced by Roberto di Matteo, and under the leadership of the Italian the troubled Londoners managed to cut a window to the decisive battle with Bavaria, at the same time leaving the magnificent Barcelona of Josep Guardiola behind the Champions League.
In favor of the Bavarians spoke at least the factor of the home stadium, yes, because that final took place at the Munich Allianz Arena, however, the “retirees” gave out simply a heroic battle.
The defensive redoubts of Chelsea groaned and cracked under the onslaught of the German grandee, “Rotten” managed to inflict almost four dozen shots on goal by Peter Cech, but they managed to print the opponent only in the 83rd minute thanks to a header from the crossbar performed by Thomas Müller. It seemed that the game was over, but the Ivorian "leader" of the English club was against such a development of events. Didier Drogba, who was playing his last match in a blue T-shirt at that time, brilliantly closed the serve from the first corner of Di Matteo's wards in the match.
Bayern continued to violently press the opponent in extra time and could easily convert this pressure into goals, but here Cech had already said his weighty word. The goalkeeper confidently took a penalty from Arjen Robben, who was awarded a foul by Drogba on Franck Ribery, and then also won a penalty shoot, dragging a shot from Ivica Olic's point. Bastian Schweinsteiger's miss was of decisive importance, only Juan Mata missed Chelsea, and Didier was the last to approach the ball and confidently converted it.
Bayern: Neuer Lam, Boateng, Tymoshchuk, Contento Schweinsteiger, Kroos Robben, Müller (van Buyten, 86), Ribery (Olic, 97) Mario Gomez
Chelsea: Cech Bosingwa, Cahill, D. Louis, Cole Lampard, Obi Mikel, Bertrand (Malouda, 73) Mata Kalou (Torres, 84), Drogba
Goals: Thomas Muller (83) Didier Drogba (88)
Unscored penalty: Arjen Robben (95)
Borussia Dortmund 1-2 Bayern, 2013 final
The first German final in the history of the main European Cup was a success.
The first half was dominated by Jurgen Klopp's Borussia Dortmund, which could have signed at the gates of Bayern more than once, but Manuel Neuer acted confidently every time.
In the second half of the meeting, events unfolded even more interestingly. The teams were looking for approaches to each other's goal, and the maximum degree of confrontation heated up at the end of the hour of the game. First, Mario Mandzhukic closed the cross from almost zero angle from Arjen Robben, but soon Borussia managed to align the numbers on the scoreboard Dante roughly drove his foot into the stomach of Marco Reus in his penalty area, for which he should have received a second yellow card, and Ilkay Gundogan clearly implemented penalty.
It seemed that the dynamic game would smoothly flow into overtime, but in the last minutes of regular time, Bayern succeeded in an unexpected quick attack, which ended in Robben's one-on-one with Roman Weidenfeller, who scored the winning goal.
Borussia Dortmund: Weidenfeller Pischek, Subotic, Hummels, Schmelzer S. Bender (Shahin, 90), Gundogan, Reuss Blaschikowski (Schiber, 90), Lewandowski, Grosskreuz
Bayern: Neuer Lam, Boateng, Dante, Alaba H. Martinez, Schweinsteiger Robben, Müller, Ribery (Luis Gustavo, 90) Mandzukic (Mario Gomez, 90)
Goals: Ilkay Gundogan (68, pen) Mario Mandzhukic (60), Arjen Robben (89)
Real Madrid 4-1 Atletico Madrid, 2014 final
The 2014 Lisbon final brought the coveted Desima, the tenth European Cup, to Real Madrid. In addition, it became the first decisive match of the main European Cup, in which teams from the same city took part.
But the game itself was definitely not remembered for this. In the 2013/14 season, the whole football world admired Atletico Diego Simeone, who managed to take gold medals for Examples, and also confidently reached the final of the main European Cup without a single defeat in the liability. And Kolchoneros were incredibly close to success!
“Mattress” were able to lead most of the meeting thanks to a goal by Diego Godin, even despite the early injury of the top scorer of another Diego - Costa. Real Madrid banged his head against the “red and white” wall to no avail until added time to the second half, where Sergio Ramos scored that legendary goal that essentially allowed the “creamy” to win that match, as the team received an incredible psychological advantage before the start of extra time. There, by the way, "Blancos" distinguished themselves three more times.
Real Madrid: Casillas - Carvajal, Ramos, Varane, Coentrau (Marcelo, 59) - Modric, Khedira (Isco, 59), Di Maria - Bale, Benzema (Morata, 79), Ronaldo
Atlético: Courtois - Juanfran, Godin, Miranda, F. Luis (Alderweireld, 83) - Tiago Mendes, Raul Garcia (Jose Sosa, 66), Gabi, Coque - Villa, D. Costa (Adrian Lopez, 9)
Goals: Sergio Ramos (90 + 3), Gareth Bale (110), Marcelo (118), Cristiano Ronaldo (120 + 1) - Diego Godin (36)
Real Madrid 1-1 Atletico Madrid (5-3 on pen), 2016 final
The second act of the battle between “mattress” and “creamy” turned out to be no less dramatic.
Already in the first half, Sergio Ramos (who else!) Opened the scoring, albeit from a minimal offside position, but Atlético did not give up, throwing all his strength into recouping. However, the bad luck of the “Indians” in the battles with Real Madrid in the Champions League continued. At the beginning of the second forty-five minutes, Antoine Griezmann shook the crossbar with a kick from eleven meters, but the Cholo gang Simeone still managed to transfer the game into overtime with the efforts of Yannick Ferreira Carrasco, who appeared to replace, who drove the ball into the net after a lumbago from Juanfran.
This time, two halves of 15 minutes were not remembered for anything outstanding, and in the penalty shootout the same Juanfran wavered, sending a game shell to the post. Real Madrid was cold-blooded, repeatedly striking blows to the right corner of Jan Oblak.
Real Madrid: Navas - Carvajal (Danilo, 52), Ramos, Pepe, Marcelo - Modric, Casemiro, Kroos (Isco, 72) - Bale, Benzema (Lucas Vasquez, 77), Ronaldo
Atlético: Oblak - Juanfran, Savic, Godin, F. Luis (L. Hernandez, 109) - Saul, Gabi, Augusto (Carrasco, 46), Coque (Party, 116) - F. Torres, Griezmann
Goals: Sergio Ramos (15) - Yannick Ferreira Carrasco (79)
Unscored penalty: Antoine Griezmann (48)
Real Madrid 3-1 Liverpool, 2018 final
The final, in which there was a place for everything - and the injury of one of the key players, and the goalkeeper's gross mistakes, and an incredible goal through himself.
The first half was marked by an offensive injury to Liverpool fans of the magnificent Mohammed Salah in a single combat with Sergio Ramos, and then the goalkeeper of the “red” Loris Karius, who practically buried his career after that game, frankly cheated. At first, the goalkeeper, in an incomprehensible way, simply threw the ball on Karim Benzema's leg, and towards the end of the meeting he was unable to parry Bale's long-range strike. Between these episodes, the Lersisides managed to equalize the score (Manet), but the substitute Gareth struck the same legendary blow with a bisiclelet, which finally finished off Jurgen Klopp's charges.
Real Madrid: Navas - Carvajal (Nacho, 37), Varane, Ramos, Marcelo - Modric, Casemiro, Kroos - Isco (Bale, 61), Benzema (Asensio, 89), Ronaldo
Liverpool: Carius - Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson - Milner (Jan, 83), Henderson, Wijnaldum - Salah (Lallana, 31), Firmino, Mane
Goals: Karim Benzema (51), Gareth Bale (64, 83) - Sadio Mane (55)