Top 5 Most Thrilling 2017/2018 UEFA Champions League Matches
A huge number of football fans are eagerly waiting for the 2018 UEFA Champions League final at the NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium in Kyiv where Real Madrid will face Liverpool to compete for the main football trophy in Europe. The Champions League final date is just around the corner, the match will start at 20:45 (CET) on Saturday, 26 May. With the Reds and Los Blancos both showing outstanding Champions League results, the final match promises to be one of the most spectacular sporting events this year. With that, we all know that the 2017/2018 tournament already has a lot to remember. The Champions League draw provided us with a multitude of remarkable Champions League matches, full of dramatic moments and surprising results. In this blog article, we’d like to refresh in your memory the most exciting and entertaining Champions League 2017/2018 encounters.
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Now, it’s time to take a peek at the best matches of the current top-class-league campaign. Along with Champions League scores, we noted all the Champions League dates to allow you to remember in details all highlights and the most defining moments of the contest.
Top 5 2017/2018 League Champions matches
1. Real Madrid 1-3 Juventus
11 April 2018
Quarter-Final, 2nd leg, (aggregate score: 4-3)
2’ 0-1 Mario Mandzukic;
37’ 0-2 Mario Mandzukic;
61’ 0-3 Blaise Matuidi;
90’ 1-3 (pen) Cristiano Ronaldo;
The quarter-final rivalry between Real Madrid and Juventus alone is well worth to be mentioned once again. Zinedine Zidane’s players outcompeted the Old Lady 3-0 in the first leg in Turin, however, Bianconeri returned in the game at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium. By 61st minute, Juventus managed to score three goals and overturned the necessary deficit. Massimiliano Allegri’s men were leading 3-0 until referee Michael Oliver awarded a controversial last-minute penalty. This referee’s decision allowed Cristiano Ronaldo to score his 150th goal in Champions League matches and helped Los Blancos advance to the semi-final. It is also worth mentioning that the Italian football club’s legend Gianluigi Buffon was sent off at the end of the match due to the dispute with the referee. Now, Real Madrid are bookies’ favourites to win the final match against Liverpool and lift the most prestigious continental trophy. Zinedine Zidane’s men probably had the strongest competitors in their Champions League fixtures, so betting operators think Real will cope with the Reds as well. Los Blancos are offered with 8/11 average Champions League odds to win the title.
2. AS Roma 4-2 Liverpool
2 May 2018
Semi-final, 2nd leg, (aggregate score: 6-7)
9’ 0-1 Sadio Mane;
15’ 1-1 (OG) James Milner;
25’ 1-2 Georginio Wijnaldum;
52’ 2-2 Edin Dzeko;
86’ 3-2 Radja Nainggolan;
90’ 4-2 (pen) Radja Nainggolan
After the 5-3 thrilling encounter at Anfield, Liverpool had a three-goal advantage over their opponents from Rome. This meant that Daniele De Rossi, Radja Nainggolan and Co needed a miracle to qualify for the UEFA Champions League final in Kyiv. Few football experts and fans believed in that miracle, however, Romans almost succeeded in overturning the necessary goal deficit. Liverpool were in the driving seat after the first half leading 2-1, but the Italians managed to score three goals by the 93rd minute. They were close to repeating the stunning comeback against Barcelona, however, Jurgen Klopp-trained players proved to be more successful in achieving their goals.
3. Real Madrid 2-2 Bayern Munich
1 May 2018
Semi-Final, 2nd leg, (aggregate score: 4-3)
3’ 0-1 Joshua Kimmich;
11’ 1-1 Karim Benzema;
21’ 2-1 Karim Benzema;
63’ 2-2 James Rodriguez
The next exciting match was taking place at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium where Real Madrid faced Bayern Munich in the semi-final second leg. As you might remember, the first encounter between Spanish and German sides finished in a 1-2 Real’s victory, so Jupp Heynckes’s players needed to show their best to make it into the final. The beginning of the match was ideal for Bayern, as defender Joshua Kimmich opened the scoring on the third minute of the first half. With that, eight minutes later Karim Benzema scored an equalizer, boosting his colleagues’ spirit. On the 46th minute the forward capitalized on terrible Sven Ulreich’s mistake and made the score 2-1 in Los Blancos’s favour. James Rodriguez leveled the score on the 63rd minute but it wasn’t enough for Bayern to progress to the next stage.
4. AS Roma 3-0 Barcelona
10 April 2018
Quarter-Final, 2nd leg, (aggregate score: 4-3)
6’ Edin Dzeko 1-0
58’ Daniele De Rossi (pen) 2-0
82’ Konstantinos Manolas 3-0
The quarter-final clash with Barcelona probably was the most difficult test for Eusebio Di Francesco’s players in their Champions League schedule. The first-leg tie between teams ended in a trashing 4-1 Catalans’ victory, and few could have expected Roma’s comeback in the return leg at the Stadio Olimpico. However, the Italian outfit had its own plans for this game. First, Edin Dzeko found the net and gave Romans a hope. In the second half, Roma’s captain Daniele De Rossi accurately realized penalty, thus making the score 2-0 in Roma’s favour. With eight minutes to play, defender Konstantinos Manolas scored the crucial third goal in Marc-Andre ter Stegen’s net and helped his team to advance to the Champions League semi-final. This additionally allowed Roma to become the 3rd team in the top-class league history to pull off after three-goals first-leg defeat. Prior to that, only two teams were successful in fulfilling this task — Deportivo La Coruna against Milan during their 2003/2004 Champions League campaign and Barcelona against PSG in Round of 8 during the 2016/2017 football season.
5. Liverpool 3-0 Manchester City
4 April 2018
Quarter-Final, 1st leg, (aggregate score: 5-1)
12’ 1-0 Mohamed Salah;
21’ 2-0 Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain;
31’ 3-0 Sadio Mane
Despite the fact that Manchester City were favourites in this pair, the first game turned everything upside down. Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, and Roberto Firmino literally crashed the star-spangled City and left Josep Guardiola’s team with little hope to advance to the next round of the Champions League 2017/2018. The Reds showed an outstanding performance and achieved the necessary results no later than the 31st minute of the first half. For the most part of the game, Jurgen Klopp’s men were much more organized and disciplined than their opponents. This allowed them to finish the first leg with the comfortable score and, therefore to advance to the semi-final.
The 2017/2018 Champions League boasts a number of thrilling matches to rewatch and enjoy the outstanding performance of the best world football stars. There is no longer the need to search for the Champions League fixtures or Champions League dates as only a single match is left — the final game at the NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium in Kyiv. The Champions League schedule for the final is already known, so the last thing to do in order to get the most powerful emotions from the game is to place a bet!