The 2017-18 Champions League will be remembered for several reasons. The tournament saw some of the biggest clubs in Europe clash in both the group stages and the knockout rounds. The tournament final between Real Madrid and Liverpool will feature two of the biggest, most historic clubs to ever grace the Champions League.
The competition will also be remembered for its fantastic goals, and in some cases, defensive performances. Several players stepped on to the big stage of the Champions League and excelled in front of goal.
So, which Champions League matches will be remembered as the best this year?
Roma vs. Barcelona
Roma went into their second leg quarterfinal tie with Barcelona down 4-1. The Giallorossi had beaten themselves in the first leg scoring two own goals. Roma had got a vital away goal, and it was that score that saw the club get past the Catalans.
Playing the second leg at home, Roma came out of the locker rooms possessed. The Italians scored in the sixth minute as Edin Dzeko put the Giallorossi on the board first. The comeback was on. Despite looking the brighter of the two, Roma knew that Barcelona needed just one away goal to kill off the tie. Daniele De Rossi and company shut down the back, holding Lionel Messi and Barcelona throughout the night.
De Rossi scored Roma's second goal in the 58th minute. The captain hammered a penalty past Marc-Andre Ter Stegen. Needing another goal, Roma coach Eusebio di Francesco threw his team forward in search of a third. Eight minutes from time, centre-back Kostas Manolas headed home from a corner. Roma still had to hold firm at the back. With Messi and his teammates continually misfiring, Roma won the match and the tie to progress to the semifinals.
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Real Madrid vs. Juventus
Real Madrid hammered Juventus in the first leg of their Champions League quarterfinal tie. Zinedine Zidane's side was expected to win the second match easily. Juventus had other plans and wasn't about to let Madrid walk all over them in the second match.
Mario Mandzukic opened the scoring for Juventus in the second minute giving the Bianconeri hope. The striker added a second goal 35 minutes later. Juventus' Blaise Matuidi levelled the aggregate score at 3-3 just after the hour mark. Real Madrid nearly capitulated as Juventus turned in their performance of the season.
The match looked destined for extra-time until Madrid were given a late, controversial penalty. Cristiano Ronaldo stepped up to the spot and smashed his shot past goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon. Madrid went through, but the team was on the verge of missing out on a third straight trip to the Champions League final.
Liverpool vs. Manchester City
Liverpool met Manchester City in the quarterfinals of the Champions League in an all-English series. Manchester City had only lost once in the English Premier League going into the fixture. Pep Guardiola's side's blemish came against Liverpool in a 3-2 loss.
When the clubs kicked off at Anfield, the Liverpool’s mythic stadium, in the first leg, few had any idea that Liverpool would completely maul Manchester City. Liverpool completely dominated the match rushing out to a 3-0 lead by halftime.
The most memorable goal of the first leg came from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. The midfielder's laser beam strike from 20-yards stunned Manchester City. Guardiola's side couldn't recover and Liverpool finished them off in the second leg with a 5-1 aggregate score.
Tottenham vs. Real Madrid
Tottenham met Real Madrid in the Champions League group stages at Wembley. The two clubs were battling for first place in Group H. The two clubs had finished 1-1 in their first encounter in the group stages.
Mauricio Pochettino's side got off to a flying start. Dele Alli opened the scoring in the 27th minute and added a second just before the hour mark. Real Madrid had no answer for the English side as Tottenham passed around and through the Spaniards. Spurs added a third through Christian Eriksen in the 65th minute. Ronaldo did add a consolation for Madrid, but the damage was done. Tottenham topped Group H and humbled the reigning European Cup champions.
Sevilla vs. Liverpool
Liverpool's second group stage match against Sevilla was a microcosm of their 2017-18 season. In typical Reds fashion, Jurgen Klopp's men raced out to an early lead. Roberto Firmino opened the scoring in the second minute. Sadio Mane add a second 20 minutes later, and when Firmino added a third on 30 minutes, the match looked over.
Sevilla didn't go quietly and the Spanish side found a way back through Liverpool's weak defence. Wissam Ben Yedder scored in the 51st minute and nine minutes later added a second from the penalty spot.
Liverpool looked set to hold off Sevilla as the match moved toward full-time. However, Guido Pizarro's header in the third minute of stoppage-time levelled the affair. Liverpool's three conceded goals were half of the total Klopp's side allowed in Group E.
Another Spanish club, Atletico Madrid had surprising result unfortunately, it wasn’t at all in their favour as they have been eliminated during the group stage.