The 2012/13 UEFA Champions League marks the tenth edition since the knockout round of 16 replaced the second group stage. To celebrate the occasion, UEFA.com picks out a classic tie from each of the past nine seasons – all headline scores are aggregate.
Manchester United FC 2-3 FC Porto, 2003/04
An occasion etched in the memory, this was only the start for eventual champions Porto. Two Benni McCarthy goals helped earn them a 2-1 first-leg lead in the first European match at their new Estádio do Dragão, but it was the Old Trafford return which catapulted José Mourinho into the global football conscience. Heading out on away goals, Porto progressed thanks to Costinha's 90th-minute effort – cue Mourinho's famous charge down the touchline.
Chelsea FC 5-4 FC Barcelona, 2004/05
For sheer impudence and execution, Ronaldinho's second at Stamford Bridge is one of the most enduring UEFA Champions League goals. It remains, however, a mere footnote in a thrilling tie. Unperturbed by a 2-1 loss and a red card for Didier Drogba at the Camp Nou, Chelsea were 4-2 up in the tie after just 19 minutes of the return. Ronaldinho's double threatened to derail the Blues but captain John Terry headed them to victory in inimitable style.
Juventus 4-4 SV Werder Bremen (Juventus win on away goals), 2005/06
The opening instalment appeared tame enough: 1-1 with eight minutes left, the tie was evenly balanced. David Trezeguet looked to have given Juve a decisive second away goal only for Tim Borowski and Johan Micoud to put Bremen in charge. The latter struck again early at the Delle Alpi and Bremen looked home and dry. There was still time, though, for Trezeguet and Emerson to give the Bundesliga side a taste of their own medicine.
FC Bayern München 4-4 Real Madrid CF (Bayern win on away goals), 2006/07
Two goals in four minutes –1500km and a fortnight apart – turned this tie on its head. Madrid were 3-1 up at home thanks to Raúl González and Ruud van Nistelrooy, until Mark van Bommel's 88th-minute strike gave Bayern hope for the return in Munich. There Roy Makaay levelled the tie with the competition's fastest goal and Lúcio rubber-stamped victory, although Van Nistelrooy's late effort made for a nervy finish.
Sevilla FC 5-5 Fenerbahçe SK (Fenerbahçe win 3-2 on penalties), 2007/08
That Sevilla led this tie twice but still went out speaks for itself. Zico's charges edged in front through Mateja Kežman and Diego Lugano in their home game in Istanbul but were pegged back each time. Though Semih Şentürk gave them a first-leg lead, Sevilla came roaring back at home and were 11 minutes from victory but were taken to extra time. Neither team could find the knockout punch, leaving Volkan Demirel to become the hero with three shoot-out saves.
FC Bayern München 12-1 Sporting Clube de Portugal, 2008/09
The biggest aggregate win in UEFA Champions League history, this was scarcely a contest from the moment Franck Ribéry put Bayern in front in Lisbon just before half-time. A 5-0 victory ensued and the tie was finished – Bayern, though, were not. Back at home, six different goalscorers helped them to equal the single-leg record for biggest margin of victory in the knockout stages. Sporting's wounds had been well and truly salted.
Manchester United FC 7-2 AC Milan, 2009/10
United may not quite have matched their feat of hitting seven past AS Roma in one game three seasons previously, but this was another all-conquering display from Sir Alex Ferguson's side. Two Wayne Rooney goals contributed to a 3-2 win at San Siro, but then came a vintage Old Trafford performance. Rooney was again at the double as United's pace, power and purpose secured a memorable triumph.
FC Bayern München 3-3 FC Internazionale Milano (Inter win on away goals), 2010/11
A repeat of the 2010 final promised much and this did not fail to deliver. Though Bayern goalkeeper Thomas Kraft's fine display set the stage for Mario Gomez's 90th-minute winner in Milan, Inter would not relinquish their grip on the trophy without a fight. Samuel Eto'o swiftly drew them level at the Fußball Arena München, but Bayern were 3-1 up on aggregate inside 31 minutes. Cue Wesley Sneijder and, two minutes from time, Goran Pandev.
APOEL FC 1-1 Olympique Lyonnais (APOEL win 4-3 on penalties), 2011/12
The first Cypriot team to reach the knockout stage, APOEL's task looked even tougher when they lost 1-0 in Lyon. Ivan Jovanović's team had shown themselves to be quite the surprise package, however, and forced the tie into extra time thanks to an early goal from Gustavo Manduca in Nicosia. Not even the same-player's 115th-minute red card could halt APOEL, who had goalkeeper Dionisios Chiotis to thank in the shoot-out.
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