A few days ago, I wrote about some of the classic UEFA Champions League matches which can be seen on UEFA TV, due to UEFA's brilliant initiative of uploading some of the greatest matches in the competition's history on its website. Now it's turn to look at the great Europa League encounters, which were no less thrilling, with some equally big names.
European Football Might Be Far-Fetched, But We Can Still Enjoy These Classic UEL Matches
Inter Milan Vs Lazio
This was a clash between two juggernauts of Italian football, two star-studded line-ups of Inter Milan and Lazio, waiting to play the final at the Parc De Princes in France. While Lazio's was a distinguishable all-Italian team, Inter's biggest name was Ronaldo. Other names such as Javier Zanetti, Diego Simeone, Roberto Mancini and Alessandro Nesta only increased the scale of the match. Watch the whole game to see the eventual result!
Liverpool Vs Dortmund
Relive every moment of this pulsating quarter final second-leg clash at Anfield. It is not alien to football fans that Liverpool is capable of miraculous heroics when they are playing at home. Coming to Anfield with a 1-1 draw from the first leg, Liverpool was under immense pressure after two quick Dormund goals and was trailing 3-1 on aggregate. See the entire match yourself to witness the turnaround.
Ajax Vs Schalke
With both teams committing more than 25 fouls each, this match was probably more physical than any other. But this quarter final second-leg clash was filled with surprises after surprises. Playing at home, Schalke had to turn around a 2-0 deficit from the first leg to get through. But they did the impossible and scored two goals against Ajax in the regular 90 minutes, and the match was pushed to extra time. What happened aftert that was beyond imagination and you'll only believe it when you watch it.
Celtic Vs Porto
One of the most thrilling scorelines (3-2) in a UEL final, this match between Porto and Celtic was nothing short of mind-boggling. The match was played at the Estadio de La Cartuja in Seville, Spain. It was also historic because, before this, no club from either Portugal or Scotland had ever won the trophy. Watch the full match to see Porto's heroics in extra time and their eventual win.
Valencia Vs Arsenal
This semi-final clash between Arsenal and Valencia saw an aggregate scoreline of 7-3! But we are talking about the second-leg clash here. The game was overall dominated by Arsenal throughout, and Valencia already had an insourmountable task of reversing a 3-1 scoreline from the first leg. Eventually, Arsenal won the second leg by 4-2 and it can be enjoyed purely in terms of a goal fest.