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Five of Real Madrid’s most famous UCL encounter’s with Premier League sides

Real Madrid will travel to face Chelsea in the second leg of their Champions League semi-final this week, the draw well placed after a 1-1 draw in the first meeting in the Spanish capital.

The 13-time record winners will seek to advance to a fifth final in just eight seasons, but will need to produce a solid performance in order to secure a positive result at Stamford Bridge.

Ahead of Wednesday’s clash in west London, we took a look at some of Real Madrid’s most memorable encounters with the English opposition during the Champions League era.

Here are five of Real Madrid’s most famous UCL encounters with Premier League sides.

Manchester United 2-3 Real Madrid – 2000

Manchester United’s quarter-final match with Real Madrid in the 1999/2000 season brought together the two previous Champions League winners, the first having been crowned European champion for the first time in the season’s 31 years. previous.

Sir Alex Ferguson’s side headed to the second leg as favorites after a scoreless debut in Spain but found themselves outclassed at home as the Whites took a three-goal lead in the opening hour.

Roy Keane’s own goal gave the Spaniards a halftime lead, before a quick brace from Raul – the second after a wonderful skill from Fernando Redondo – put Real Madrid firmly in the driver’s seat.

The incumbents fought back with a brilliant individual goal from David Beckham and a penalty from Paul Scholes, although it turned out too little too late as the Red Devils’ trophy defense ended in the last eight.

Real made it to the semi-finals with Bayern Munich before defeating Valencia in the first-ever all-Spanish final, sealing a second Champions League triumph in just three seasons.

Manchester United 4-3 Real Madrid – 2003

The two sides met again at the same stadium three seasons later, with the return leg resulting in an all-time Champions League classic at Old Trafford.

Real traveled to England with a 3-1 advantage after the first leg at the Bernabeu, but any idea of ​​sitting down and keeping their lead turned out to be inaccurate after an end-to-end clash in Manchester.

Ronaldo Nazario was the star of the show for Real Madrid Galacticos in one of the great individual Champions League demonstrations, the brilliant Brazilian single-handedly ended the Red Devils’ European dream with a scintillating hat-trick.

Ronaldo’s first two goals of the evening were canceled by Ruud van Nistelrooy and an own goal from Ivan Helguera, before the reigning Ballon d’Or winner took a superb third at distance, but secured the place. of Real in the semi-finals.

David Beckham came off the bench to score twice in a touching United comeback on the night, but the night was one-man-owned as Ronaldo produced one of the defining performances of an incredible career.

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Liverpool 4-0 Real Madrid – 2009

Rafael Benitez’s side at Liverpool had shown their credentials in continental competition with two last appearances under the Spaniard, lifting the trophy under extraordinary circumstances in his first season in charge in 2005.

Four years later, the Reds were a tough proposition for any team in Europe and had one of their most memorable European nights in a quarterfinal clash with Real Madrid.

Yossi Benayoun’s header gave Liverpool a 1-0 win at the Bernabeu in the first meeting as the second leg saw the Premier League side dismantle their Spanish visitors in a ruthless manner.

Fernando Torres produced a superb individual performance to torment Juande Ramos’ side, the former Atletico Madrid striker opening the scoring at close range against his former opponents.

Steven Gerrard made two before the penalty spot break, before the midfielder slammed an emphatic third two minutes into the interval to send the Anfield crowd to dreamland.

Benitez’s side sealed the progress to the semi-finals in a fine way as substitute Andrea Dossena made four on the night, the Reds endemic as a Real Madrid transition side were hit on two legs .

Real Madrid 3-2 Manchester City – 2012

Real Madrid and Manchester City played a breathtaking group stage clash in the 2012/13 season, with the game featuring five goals in the final 22 minutes as the visitors led twice before going to a late fight.

Joe Hart’s excellent goalkeeper kept the game scoreless until the break, with the England international making a series of saves to deny the hosts before Edin Dzeko’s goal in the counterattack hit. gives the advantage to the Premier League team after the break.

Real leveled as Marcelo checked inside before looping a right-footed finish in the top corner, only for Aleksandar Kolarov’s free-kick to avoid everyone and give City the advantage just five minutes from the end.

However, hopes for City’s famous win inside the Bernabeu ended in dramatic fashion, as Karim Benzema’s tight turn and finish stabilized just over a minute later, before Cristiano Ronaldo’s last-minute strike didn’t hurt Hart to seal a dramatic Champions League comeback for Real.

Real Madrid 3-1 Liverpool – 2018

Real have made seven finals in the Champions League era, but only once have the Spanish side faced opposition England in the showpiece.

Zinedine Zidane’s side were looking for a third consecutive Champions League crown when they faced Liverpool in the 2018 final, with the Reds having a memorable run in Kiev under Jurgen Klopp.

It was a final that will long be remembered for both Gareth Bale’s brilliance and Loris Karius’ disastrous performance past Liverpool, the latter giving Real Madrid a first-half lead after inexplicably throwing the ball against Karim Benzema.

Sadio Mane equalized the final just four minutes later, before Bale left the bench to turn the tie in favor of Real in stunning style.

The Welsh winger’s opening goal is arguably the greatest in the history of the Champions League final, a sublime over-the-head kick that passed Karius to give Real to the lead for the second time.

Bale then cheated on Karius to complete the nightmarish goalkeeper final, singing Real as European champions for a record 13th time and a third consecutive season.

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