After the "comeback" of Liverpool against Barcelona and the "remontada" Barcelona against Paris, here is the "terugkeer" of Tottenham against Ajax (1-0, 2-3). Back on six big turnarounds of the Champions League.
The latest: Ajax-Tottenham (1-0, 2-3)
The poster was already surprising at this stage of the competition. But the outcome of the confrontation is even more so. After a match won by the Ajacides (1-0), the return started on the same tone and the Amsterdammers finished the first half with a two-goal advantage.
While Ajax fans were already celebrating the feat of their heroes, a victim suddenly decides to turn himself into a hangman in the ranks of Tottenham. Lucas Moura, at the PSG at the Barcelona ski lift of 2017, hits twice before planting the fatal banderilla in the 6th minute of extra time to give his team the first final in its history.
The most stunning: Liverpool-Barcelona (0-3, 4-0)
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Sensational. Fourteen years after overturning AC Milan in the final (3-3, 3-2 tab), Liverpool has achieved a real feat by eliminating FC Barcelona to afford a second final C1 rank.
The Blaugrana thought they had done the hardest after getting the first leg (3-0). But Origi and Wijnaldum have written for the Reds one of the finest stories in the Champions League after a heroic performance at Anfield. And to say that Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino were not there ...
The cruellest: PSG Manchester United (2-0, 3-1)
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer warned: in C1, "the results are sometimes strange". He had to believe in the "strange" forces to hope for a feat Mancunian: with a dozen players injured and Paul Pogba suspended, the "Red Devils" were nothing demonic when going to Paris, which had dominated the first leg ( 2-0).
But now, Lukaku took advantage of two errors Kehrer and Buffon Mbappé is unrecognizable, VAR awards a penalty in any end game on a hand Kimpembe and PSG lost 3-1. He leaves the Champions League for the third time in a row in the round of 16. A nightmare...
The most unexpected: Roma-Barcelona (1-4, 3-0), in 2018
It was Francesco Totti who, in the draw for the quarter-finals, designated Barcelona as the opponent of his Roma. Freshly retired, he recognizes in the wake that "it could have been better" ... "We will face one of the largest teams in Europe".
The first leg is right, since Barça scored four goals at home, certainly with quite a lot of success. But the return is exceptional: the Roman club, led by Edin Dzeko, corrects a Barcelona team that, too sufficient perhaps, will start playing 20 minutes from the end of the game.
The most incredible: Barcelona-PSG (0-4, 6-1), in 2017
"Inqualifiable", headlines the daily L'Equipe after this defeat on March 8, 2017. The Paris SG has just entered history as the only club to date to have been eliminated from the Champions League after winning by four Goals goals to go.
Authors of a demonstration to go home, the men of Emery are totally inhibited by the stake and fervor Barcelona return. Barça opened the scoring in the third minute and despite an away goal from Cavani, the Parisians will end up out of the competition with a header, after conceding three goals in the last seven minutes of the match (6-1). The last of which, by Sergi Roberto, makes Camp Nou rock in ecstasy.
Most French: Monaco-Real Madrid (2-4, 3-1), in 2004
On one side Zinedine Zidane, Ronaldo, Raul or Roberto Carlos. On the other, Dado Prso, Ludovic Giuly or Jaroslav Plasil. And in the end ... it's Monaco that passes in half. The club of the Principality sign this season one of the greatest exploits of French football coming out of the Galactic Real Madrid. All the more incredible as the Madrilenians won the first leg 4-2.
But on the return, the men of Didier Deschamps make a fire match despite the opener of Raul: doubled Giuly, goal of Fernando Morientes ... Monaco will stop his crazy journey in the final, stumbling on the Porto of José Mourinho.