Here is a list of the 5 best C1 finals in the history of the Champions League.
REAL MADRID 3-2 MILAN (1958)
This is the year Real Madrid have won the Champions League for the third time in five consecutive years. But they had to go through awful moments when Milan was twice ahead of the 59 and 77 minutes by Juan Alberto Schiaffino and Ernesto Grillo.
Also many times, Real equalized by the goals of Alfredo Di Stefano and Hector Rial to put the final into extra time. In the 107th minute, the legendary Francisco Gento made a difference with a dangerous kick.
MANCHESTER UNITED 2-1 BAYERN MUNICH (1999) – C1 finals
The end of this one of C1 finals match was extremely dramatic, but nearly 90 minutes of its official was not so. Bayern took the lead after just 6 minutes thanks to Mario Basler.
The German team should have scored more goals when Mehmet Scholl and Carsten Jancker finished hit the post, the crossbar not to mention Peter Schmeichel made many incredible saves. MU almost know only tense under the wind and waves on the Camp Nou.
But when the injury time came, Sir Alex Ferguson’s team was awakened. Teddy Sheringham equalized in the 90 + 1 minute. 2 minutes later, it was Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s turn to set the score 2-1, helping MU to have a comeback to haunt and complete the unprecedented treble in the club history.
LIVERPOOL 3-1 BORUSSIA MONCHENGLADBACH (1977)
This is the beginning of nearly a decade of European dominance for English teams with Liverpool as the top flag. And it was the victory over M’gladbach that helped the Red Brigade truly assert itself as a force.
Terry McDermott put Liverpool ahead 28 minutes and although Allan Simonsen equalized in 52 minutes, the English team was not affected. The Kop increased the score to 2-1 minutes 64 and when the match was 8 minutes, Phil Neal set a 3-1 victory for them from the penalty spot.
MANCHESTER UNITED 4-1 BENFICA (1968) – C1 finals
After a decade from the aviation disaster in Munich, Sir Matt Busby rebuilt MU so that they reached the final of the C1 Cup. Unlike the final score, one of the C1 finals at Wembley was very difficult for the Red Evils.
Benfica players focused on blocking the winged star George Best and everything stressed for MU before Bobby Charlton opened the score 53 minutes. Before and after Jaime Graca equalized for the Portuguese team, they created stormy in front of the goal, Alex Stepney.
Luckily for MU they have a solid goalkeeper and put the game into extra time. Just 2 minutes more, the Manchester team scored and that was the turning point of the match. With the spirit of going down, Benfica lost another 2 by George Best and Brian Kidd and watched MU for the first time in Europe.
LIVERPOOL 3-3 MILAN (PEN: 3-2) – 2005
There will be controversy about MU in 1999 ranked only 9th while Liverpool in 2005 was No. 1. But in terms of script and excitement for the neutral audience, the night of Istanbul 15 years ago was not comparable.
Milan played great football and many believed they had a hand in the Champions League when leading 3-0 after the first half by a double from Hernan Crespo and a Paolo Maldini goal. Recently recalled, Jamie Carragher admitted that the Rossoneri had one of the best performances in the C1 finals.
But his Liverpool has done what seemed impossible. After Dietmar Hamann came into the field after the break, their midfield was more solid and a prerequisite for three goals from Steven Gerrard, Vladimir Smicer and Xabi Alonso.
In extra time, Milan still pressed the field but missed countless delicious opportunities. From Kaka to Andriy Shevchenko were definitely out at the close range. All have affected the psychology of the two teams in different directions.
Entering the 11m penalty shootout with more comfort plus the excellent Jerzy Dudek, Liverpool won an unbelievable but worthy victory.