Five classic Champions League finals played in Britain

Sport360 staff 18:05 31/05/2017
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  • Real Madrid will face Juventus in this season’s Champions League final at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium.

    The match on June 3 will be the first time Wales has hosted the European Cup final, although England and Scotland have regularly the showpiece event more than once.

    Here, we look back at five memorable European finals played in the UK:

    1960 – Real Madrid 7-3 Frankfurt (Hampden Park)

    Real Madrid also featured in the very first European Cup final to be staged in the UK, with the Spanish giants coming out on top in a 10-goal thriller. Los Blancos clinched their fifth consecutive European title thanks to a hat-trick from Alfredo Di Stefano and four goals from Hungarian great Ferenc Puskas.

    Richard Kress had given the German’s an early lead, but they were swiftly overpowered by one of the greatest side’s ever assembled, in front of a crowd of 127,621.

    1968 – Manchester United 4 – 1 Benfica (Wembley)

    United became the first English club to lift the European title courtesy of a Bobby Charlton brace. George Best and Brian Kidd also scored to see off the Portuguese champions, who had equalised through Jaime Graca.

    Alex Stepney made a key save from Eusebio as United triumphed 10 years after the Munich air disaster.

    1978 – Liverpool 1 – 0 Club Brugge (Wembley)

    A decade later Liverpool became the first British side to retain the trophy. A goal from future manager Kenny Dalglish was enough for Bob Paisley’s side to overcome their Belgian opponents.

    Defender Phil Thompson made a crucial goal-line clearance 10 minutes from time to preserve the Reds’ lead and Ray Clemence also produced an important late save.

    2002 – Real Madrid 2 – 1 Leverkusen (Hampden Park)

    This was a game remembered for Zinedine Zidane’s spectacular winning goal. Raul’s eighth-minute opener was swiftly cancelled out by Lucio’s header before the French midfielder settled the contest on the stroke of half-time.

    A high cross from Roberto Carlos fell to Zidane on the edge of the area and he twisted to fire a spectacular left-footed volley into the top corner as Real collected a ninth European title.

    2011 – Barcelona 3 – 1 Manchester United (Wembley)

    The most recent final to be staged on British soil saw United picked apart by a Barcelona side at the peak of their powers. Andres Iniesta, Xavi and Sergio Busquets dominated the midfield as Barca enjoyed almost two thirds of the possession in the first Champions League final held at the new Wembley.

    Goals from Pedro, an unstoppable Lionel Messi, and David Villa secured Barcelona’s third title in six years, with Wayne Rooney replying for United.