Here are Unibet we’re already excited about the all-Madrid Champions League final on May 24th, and to get us in the mood we’re looking at some of the best moments in the finals of the revamped competition’s history.
Real v Atletico could well be a tight contest, with a penalty shootout not out of the question.
Do you agree with our top 5 spot-kick showdowns from the last 22 years of the Champions League final?
5. Liverpool 3-3 AC Milan 2005 – Liverpool win 3-2 on penalties
Champions League Final 2005 Liverpool vs Milan... by lfmostar
After the final which had everything, the penalty shootout looked to be fairly routine for Liverpool when they scored their first two kicks and Milan missed theirs.
John Arne Riise then missed for the Reds though, allowing Milan back in it until Jerzy Dudek saved from Andriy Shevchenko to spark delirious celebrations in Istanbul.
4. AC Milan 0-0 Juventus 2003 – Milan win 3-2 on penalties
After a final so poor, the penalty shootout provided high drama at Old Trafford.
Five of the 10 spot kicks were missed, with Milan’s Dida and Juventus’ Gianluigi Buffon both leaping from their goalline to keep out their opposition.
Dida saved three times, allowing Shevchenko – two years before his Istanbul misery – to seal the title for Milan.
3. Bayern Munich 1-1 Chelsea 2012 – Chelsea win 4-3 on penalties
Bayern’s Arjen Robben had already missed a penalty in extra-time, but it looked as though his former club Chelsea were going to end up on the losing side when Juan Mata missed their first spot kick.
Playing in their own stadium, the German giants stayed in control of the shootout until both Ivica Olic and Bastian Schweinsteiger missed their kicks, allowing for Didier Drogba to emotionally win it for Chelsea with his final kick for the club.
2. Bayern Munich 1-1 Valencia 2001 – Bayern win 5-4 on penalties
Both sides had scored a penalty apiece in the final at the San Siro, before they each went on to take seven spot kicks during a dramatic shootout which started with Bayern’s Paulo Sergio firing over the bar.
His teammate Oliver Kahn would prove to be the hero though, saving kicks from Zlatko Zahovic, Amedeo Carboni and Mauricio Pellegrino to condemn Valencia to a second successive defeat in the final.
1. Manchester United 1-1 Chelsea 2008 – Manchester United win 6-5 on penalties
Cristiano Ronaldo and Frank Lampard had traded goals in the all-English final in Moscow, but Ronaldo’s missed penalty following a stuttering run-up handed the shootout initiative to Chelsea.
Things looked to have been set up perfectly for the Blues when skipper John Terry stepped up to the penalty which would win it for them, but he slipped and sent the kick wide.
Four kicks later, the 14th penalty of the shootout saw Nicolas Anelka’s effort saved by Edwin van der Sar as United took the glory.