Real Madrid 2-2 Atlético Madrid (agg, Madrid win replay 2-1)
1958/59 European Cup semi-finals
With the away goals rule some years off, a 2-2 aggregate draw set up a ‘Derbi Madrileño’ play-off in Zaragoza. Madrid struck first through Alfredo Di Stéfano, Enrique Collar levelled for Atlético, then Ferenc Puskás pounced on a defensive error to drive in with his lesser-spotted right foot before half-time. It was enough to send the eventual champions through to the final.
AC Milan 1-1 Internazionale Milano (agg, Milan win on away goals)
2002/03 UEFA Champions League semi-finals
Paolo Maldini played a record 56 derbies against Inter, but reckoned this to be the tensest of all. “A crazy mix of stress and emotion,” he recalled. After a goalless first leg ‘at home’, Milan returned to the stadium they share with Inter and took the lead through Andriy Shevchenko’s away goal. Obafemi Martins replied seven minutes from time yet Inter could not find that elusive second strike. Milan would beat another Italian side, Juventus, on penalties in the final.
Chelsea 3-2 Arsenal, agg
2003/04 UEFA Champions League quarter-finals
A 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge had extended Chelsea’s wait for a win against their London rivals to 17 games, and when they went behind in the Highbury second leg the writing was on the wall. However, Frank Lampard equalised early in the second half, setting up Wayne Bridge to clinch victory with a stylish left-footed shot. “I was mad,” said Chelsea manager Claudio Ranieri, describing his feelings at full time. “I had 30 seconds of delirium.”
Rapid Bucureşti 1-1 Steaua Bucureşti (agg, Steaua win on away goals)
2005/06 UEFA Cup quarter-finals
Together with Dinamo Bucureşti, Steaua and Rapid are still known as ‘the UEFAntastics’ after their UEFA Cup exploits in 2005/06. All three graced the group stage, with Rapid and Steaua proceeding to contest a memorable quarter-final. Ultimately, Bănel Nicoliţă’s away goal for Steaua in the first leg decided it – but only after a concerted Rapid barrage in the return.
Werder Bremen 3-3 Hamburg (agg, Bremen win on away goals)
2008/09 UEFA Cup semi-finals
Leading 2-1 after having lost the first leg in Bremen 1-0, Werder were grimly hanging onto their away goals advantage with eight minutes left when the ball hit some screwed-up paper – used in the Hamburg fans’ pre-match choreography. HSV’s Michael Gravgaard duly miscued a pass at the expense of a corner. Bremen scored from it, putting the tie beyond their fierce rivals, even if they did manage a reply. General manager Klaus Allofs snatched the paper ball at full time, saying: “This is coming with me to the Werder Bremen museum.”
Sevilla 2-2 Real Betis Balompié (agg, Sevilla win 4-3 on pens)
2013/14 UEFA Europa League round of 16
“A Hollywood director could not have written a better script,” said captain Ivan Rakitić after Sevilla recovered from a 2-0 home defeat to get the better of their neighbours in a second-leg shoot-out. José Antonio Reyes and Carlos Bacca were on the target in the return, and while Antonio Adán stemmed the tide there was nothing Betis’s keeper could do when it went to spot kicks.
Real Madrid 4-1 Atlético Madrid, aet
2013/14 UEFA Champions League final
Atlético were poised to add the UEFA Champions League to their Liga title triumph courtesy of Diego Godín’s 36th-minute header in Lisbon, yet three minutes into added time Sergio Ramos nodded in a dramatic equaliser. Once Gareth Bale had put Madrid in front in the 110th minute, Carlo Ancelotti’s team ran away with it, Marcelo and Cristiano Ronaldo, with his 17th of the competition, claiming further goals. The sides met again in the following season’s quarter-finals, Madrid winning 1-0 on aggregate.
Liverpool 3-1 Manchester United, agg
2015/16 UEFA Europa League round of 16
“I really enjoyed it – it was a great Liverpool night,” beamed manager Jürgen Klopp after the Reds’ 2-0 home success against United, regarded at the time as Liverpool’s best home performance under his charge. Daniel Sturridge’s penalty and a Roberto Firmino goal all but settled that tie, and a fine Philippe Coutinho finish in the second leg put it beyond doubt. Anthony Martial’s spot kick was scant consolation for the Red Devils.