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Champions League 2021/22, our best matches | UEFA Champions League

Goals in the playoffs, twists and turns in added time, surprises… Here are the matches that have excited us the most this season.

Man. City 6-3 Leipzig

15/09/2021, group stage, Matchday 1

In two minutes, Man. City 6-3 Leipzig

In any other match, Christopher Nkunku would have left with the ball under his arm and pride slung over his shoulder for his hat-trick at the City of Manchester Stadium. Only here, it was not three, but six goals that Leipzig’s opponents scored in a deluge of attacking football.

Real Madrid 1-2 Sheriff

28/09/2021, group stage, Matchday 2

In two minutes, Real Madrid 1-2 Sheriff

When a Moldovan side making their group stage debut triumph at the Santiago Bernabéu in sensational fashion and top Group B, Champions League history is made. That also of Sébastien Thill, the Luxembourg international, author of the winning end in the 90e minute.

Porto 1-5 Liverpool

28/09/2021, group stage, Matchday 2

In two minutes, Porto 1-5 Liverpool

Liverpool’s famous attacking trident, consisting of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mané and Roberto Firmino, shared the five goals, with the Reds teaching Porto an attacking lesson from a certain Luis Díaz, transferred a few months later to… Liverpool to make Jürgen Klopp happy.

Manchester United 3-2 Atalanta

20/10/2021, group stage, Matchday 3

In two minutes, Man. United 3-2 Atalanta

With three points picked up from the opening two matches in a tough group that also included Young Boys and eventual semi-finalists Villarreal, Manchester United could not afford another misstep. Being down 2-0 after 29 minutes at home wasn’t ideal, but the Red Devils fought back in the second half, with a dramatic victory with a Cristiano Ronaldo goal.

Ajax 4-2 Sporting CP

07/12/2021, group stage, Matchday 6

In two minutes, Ajax 4-2 Sporting CP

Ajax were already assured of top spot in Group C before matchday six, but neither he nor star striker Sebastien Haller were going to ease off. Haller opened the scoring from the penalty spot in the eighth minute, becoming the second player in Champions League history to find the net in all six group matches to take his tally to ten goals, the best in the league. competition at this stage. The fact that he accomplished this feat in his first season is all the more remarkable.

Porto 1-3 Atletico

07/12/2021, group stage, Matchday 6

In two minutes, Porto 1-3 Atlético

With Liverpool already certain of winning Group B, Porto and Atlético battled it out for second place on the final day of the group stage. Atlético were even bottom of the group at kick-off, and lost Luis Suárez to injury in the 13e minute did little to help his cause. Still, Antoine Griezmann put the Spanish side on the path to redemption in the second half, and three more goals in the final moments changed everything.

Real Madrid 3-1 Paris

03/09/2022, round of 16 second leg

In two minutes, Real Madrid 3-1 Paris

Kylian Mbappé had scored a goal in the 94e minute in the first leg to give Paris a slim advantage going into the second leg, and when the French striker struck again at the Santiago Bernabéu just before half-time, the match seemed over. Not for Karim Benzema, author of an anthology hat-trick in 17 minutes.

Juventus 0-3 Villarreal

16/03/2022, round of 16 second leg

In two minutes, Juventus 0-3 Villarreal

Long renowned for their art of defense, Juventus were caught in their own trap by Villarreal in Turin. After drawing 1-1 in the first leg, the Yellow Submarine had to rely on Gerónimo Rulli to hold the home side in check, before unleashing a counter-offensive resulting in 3 goals in 12 last minutes, synonymous with qualification for the quarter-finals.

Man. City 4-3 Real Madrid

26/04/2022, semi-final first leg

In two minutes, Man. City 4-3 Real Madrid

Kevin De Bruyne scored the earliest ever goal in a Champions League semi-final with a superb diving header and, when Gabriel Jesus doubled City’s lead shortly after, Real were already behind on the wall. A well-known refrain for Los Blancos (see above) who, once again, refused to let go in a game of suspense punctuated by seven goals.


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