The game between FC Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain in 2020 was an outstanding final in the history of the Champions League. Though, definitely it was not the best. There have been many more outstanding games in the history of the Champions League. This is confirmed by football results of popular football statistics websites. Here are the most memorable UEFA finals.
- 1992/93 final: Olympique de Marseille – AC Milan 1:0
AC Milan were the obvious favorite against Olympique de Marseille. However, Fabian Barthez played an outstanding game in the final. Basille Boli kicked the ball for a corner kick, and Marseille survived the second half of the game and scored at the end, bringing an unpleasant surprise to the Milanese. Although only one goal was scored, emotions in Munich that evening were off scale.
- AC Milan – FC Barcelona 4:0
When a defender becomes the top scorer in a tournament, it means a lot. Eight goals secured Ronald Koeman’s top goalscorer title. However, FC Barcelona didn’t manage to win the trophy in 1993/94. The Catalan club led by Johan Cruyff was defeated, and Dejan Savichevich’s 3-0 goal became history.
- Juventus FC – Ajax FC 1:1 (4:2 on penalties)
From hero to zero, and back to hero. The final took place at the Olympic Stadium in 1995/96. Juventus FC goalkeeper Angelo Peruzzi first deflected an incredible ball, then scored a goal, eventually deflecting two penalties and securing the desired title to Juventus FC.
- Juventus FC – Borussia Dortmund 1:3
This was another missed chance to defend the trophy in 1996/97:
- Karl-Heinz Riedle stole the scene of Zinedine Zidane in this game.
- Alessandro del Piero scored a goal by a heel kick into Rickens’ goal.
- Ottmar Hitzfeld defeated Marcelo Lippi.
Best Football Matches 1998-2000
- FC Bayern Munich – Manchester United 1:2
This was a legendary football game with an even more legendary ending. FC Bayern Munich dominated for ninety minutes, but the game lasted ninety-four minutes. This played a decisive role in 1998/99. Ottmar Hitzfeld substituted Lothar Matthaus off the pitch, who won the Mancunians victory. The “red devils” fans clearly did not expect such football result from their team.
- FC Bayern Munich – Valencia FC 1:1 (5:4 on penalties)
This was the most intense and longest penalty shootout in Champions League history in 2000/01. The goalkeeper of FC Bayern Oliver Kahn, who saved the decisive shot of Mauricio Pellegrino, and then calmed down the crying Valencia FC player – Santiago Canizares, became the main hero of this game.
- Juventus FC – AC Milan 0:0 (2:3 on penalties)
This was another defeat in the final for Marcelo Lippi, and great success for Carlo Ancelotti. In this game, which was played in Italy, both teams made a bet on catenaccio.