5 Best Champions League Final Substitutes

5. Vladimir Smicer (LIVERPOOL vs AC Milan, 2005)

Rafael Benitez often doesn’t get the credit he deserves. He masterminded a comeback, the like of which has never been seen before or since in a Champions League final. While his 23rd minute substitution may have been an enforced one, Benitez replaced the injured Harry Kewell with Vladimir Smicer. The Czech midfielder scored the vital second goal for Liverpool, as they clawed their way back to 3-2, on their way to the most epic of Champions League triumphs.



4. Lars Ricken (BORUSSIA DORTMUND vs Juventus, 1997)

Despite not being a regular first team choice, Lars Ricken made quite an impact in the knockout phase of the 1996-97 Champions League. Not only did the midfielder score in the quarter-finals and semi-finals, but he scored Dortmund’s decisive third goal within a minute of coming off the bench in the final against Juventus.



3. Juliano Belletti (BARCELONA vs Arsenal, 2006)

The 10 men of Arsenal led this Champions League for a long time after Sol Campbell’s 37th minute header. But Beletti’s introduction changed everything. A right-back by trade, Beletti was effectively used as an additional winger and his impact was felt immediately. Arsenal couldn’t handle his runs as Eto’o equalised and then Belletti himself scored the winner. Frank Rijkaard, take a bow son.


2. Teddy Sheringham ( MANCHESTER UNITED vs Bayern Munich, 1999)

Sir Alex Ferguson sent on Sheringham in the 67th minute of the game as his side desperately sought an equaliser against a Bayern side that had scored early and dominated the game, hitting the post. Sheringham made Bayern pay with a scuffed finish in the 91st minute that looked set to send the game into extra time…


1.Ole Gunnar Solksjaer Sheringham ( MANCHESTER UNITED vs Bayern Munich, 1999)

Sir Alex Ferguson made his best two substitutions ever in the same half of a game. Fifteen minutes after sending on Sheringham, Fergie threw on Solksjaer as United threw the kitchen sink at Bayern. Sheringham stepped up to score the equaliser in the 91st minute before Solksjaer scored his infamous winner two minutes later.

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