11 Greatest Victories For English Teams In The Champions League
There have been some incredible nights in the Champions League for English teams over the years. Three of them have won the competition and there have been countless other memories from the earlier stages of the tournament. There are too many to note in one place, but here are the 11 most memorable victories for English sides in Europe’s premier competition.
11. Newcastle 3-2 Barcelona 1997-98
This was not quite the best Barcelona team of all time, but the Catalans still boasted the likes of Rivaldo, Luis Figo, Anderson and Luis Enrique in their side. Newcastle had the likes of Warren Barton, John Beresford, Keith Gillespie and Steve Watson. However, it was the Magpies that came out on top at St James’ Park in September 1997, thanks to a hat-trick from Faustino Asprilla. The Colombian put Newcastle 3-0 ahead and it was only late goals from Enrique and Figo that made the scoreline respectable for the visitors. Unfortunately for Kenny Dalglish’s side, they didn’t get out of the group stage that year despite that epic victory.
10. Chelsea 3-1 Barcelona 1999-2000
Another great win for an English side against a Barcelona side that, maybe were not the best they have ever been, but were still extremely handy. Luis Figo captained the side, Rivaldo was still there, along with them were Patrick Kluivert, Xavi, Carlos Puyol, Frank de Boer and Phillip Cocu in the starting line-up. This was before Roman Abramovich piled his cash into Chelsea, but they still had a very attractive team that boasted Gianfranco Zola, Didier Deschamps, Marcel Desailly and Tore Andre Flo. Flo scored two and Zola got the other in a 3-1 win at Stamford Bridge. They went on to lose the return leg 5-1 after extra time to break their hearts, but that first win was superb.
9. Inter 1-5 Arsenal 2003-04
Considering Arsenal lost the reverse fixture 3-0 in the group stages in 2003, it goes to show what an achievement it was to go to the San Siro and smash the Italians by four goals. Inter had made the Gunners look a bit silly at Highbury but the favour was repaid with interest as Thierry Henry scored twice and Edu, Robert Pires and Freddie Ljunberg also found the back of the net. Christian Vieri’s first-half goal actually equalised for the home side but it proved to be an entirely worthless effort from the Italy international.