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Ahead of the Champions League final, we look at the top 10 European deciders involving British clubs.
On Saturday Chelsea travel to the Allianz Arena ready to do battle with Bayern Munich as they bid to finally lift the UEFA Champions League trophy.
Much has been made of the Blues' hunt for European dominance, with the empty spot in their trophy cabinet known to be a particular bugbear of owner Roman Abramovic.
Roberto Di Matteo's side go up against the four-time Europeans champions on their own turf knowing the title has not been lifted by an English club since 2008, when Manchester United pipped them to the gong on penalties.
British sides have had mixed luck in the competition in the past, making for many dramatic final encounters down the years, including a number of giant-killings.
With this weekend's decider looming, Sky Sports counts down 10 of the best European Cup/Champions League finals involving British sides.
Celtic 2 Inter Milan 1 - 1967
Celtic became the first British club to conquer Europe after defeating Inter Milan 2-1 in Portugal, earning themselves the nickname of the Lisbon Lions. The Hoops, made up of players all born within 30 miles of Glasgow, pitted their attacking play against the ultra-defensive Italians, firing a remarkable 42 attempts on target. The Nerazzurri took an early lead when Sandro Mazzola converted from the penalty spot after seven minutes but that only spurred on a fired-up Celtic side. Their assault paid dividends with less than 30 minutes to go when Tommy Gemmell blasted home an equaliser from 25 yards. Inter tried desperately to hold on but Bobby Murdoch's 84th-minute shot was deflected into the net by Steve Chalmers as the Lions roared to European glory in the Portuguese capital.
Benfica 1 Manchester United 4 - 1968
The year after the Hoops broke Britain's European duck, United brought the trophy to England for the first time with a 4-1 Wembley victory over the Portuguese side after extra-time. Bobby Charlton headed the Red Devils in front on 53 minutes but Jaime Graca levelled 10 minutes before the end to ensure the extra minutes were added. George Best then proved United had life in them yet, netting just two minutes into extra-time before Brian Kidd, celebrating his 19th birthday, headed a third and Charlton rounded things off for an epic victory. The triumph could not erase the painful memories of the Munich disaster 10 years earlier but went some way towards easing the hurt as Charlton held the trophy aloft to a jubilant Wembley.
Liverpool 3 Borussia Monchengladbach 1 - 1977
The Reds claimed the first of their five European Cups at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome, seeing off the German side 3-1 under manager Bob Paisley. Liverpool, entering the clash as English champions, took the lead through Terry McDermott's 28th-minute opener before Allan Simonsen pulled one back for Gladbach after the break. Tommy Smith, playing his 600th and final game for the club, restored Liverpool's advantage before a blatant push on Kevin Keegan by Berti Vogts prompted the referee to point to the spot. Phil Neal made no mistake in converting eight minutes from time and the Merseysiders got their first taste of European glory.
Nottingham Forest 1 Malmo 0 - 1979
In 1977, Forest were playing in the old Second Division, with Europe a distant dream. Fast-forward two years and a side rejuvenated under manager Brian Clough were contesting European glory for the first time in their history. Clough had made Trevor Francis Britain's first £1million signing from Birmingham City but UEFA rules stipulated he could not play European football for another three months. That meant the first game Francis was eligible for was the final itself and he enjoyed a dream debut on the continent, heading home the winner on the stroke of half-time to seal Forest's unlikely success against the Swedes. Things got even sweeter for Clough's men the following year when they lifted an unprecedented second successive European trophy, beating Hamburg to the punch.
Aston Villa 1 Bayern Munich 0 - 1982
Villa went up against the German powerhouses looking to bring European success to English shores for a sixth successive year and did not disappoint, seeing off the Bundesliga champions 1-0 on a humid night in Rotterdam. Villa endured a worrying start when goalkeeper Jimmy Rimmer went off injured after 10 minutes and was replaced by 23-year-old Nigel Spink, who had only one first-team start to his name. It was a daunting test but Spink passed with flying colours, keeping Bayern out as Peter Withe's heroics sealed the win. The forward prodded home a cross from Tony Morley from six yards out to send the blue and claret contingent of the De Kuip crowd wild. That shot proved enough to topple the German heavyweights and Villa, under manager Tony Barton, lifted their first and only European trophy to this date.
Manchester United 2 Bayern Munich 1 - 1999
Undoubtedly one of the most memorable European finals, the 1999 Camp Nou showdown saw Manchester United leave it nail-bitingly late to clinch an unforgettable victory. So late, in fact, that Bayern fans were already celebrating as the game slipped into stoppage time with the Germans 1-0 ahead through Mario Basler's strike. The Red Devils rained on their premature parade, however, when substitute Teddy Sheringham equalised with 90 minutes and 36 seconds on the clock. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer then completed the sensational comeback in the 93rd minute, poking the ball into the roof of the Bayern net after Sheringham had headed down a David Beckham corner. Cue a red sea of delirious celebration in Catalonia as Sir Alex Ferguson's men clinched a remarkable treble.
Liverpool 3 AC Milan 3 (Liverpool win 3-2 on penalties) - 2005
This list would not be complete without paying tribute to Liverpool's 'Miracle of Istanbul'. Widely regarded as one of the greatest deciders in the competition's history, the encounter saw Rafa Benitez's men pull off one of the most stunning comebacks of recent times for their fifth European success. Liverpool were all but written off when they found themselves 3-0 down to Milan at the break but, somehow, still managed to take the European Cup back to Merseyside. Paolo Maldini and a brace from Hernan Crespo had left the Reds apparently down and out but they regrouped as Steven Gerrard, Vladimir Smicer and Xabi Alonso sent the clash into extra-time. After neither side could find a winner the game went to penalties, with Jerzy Dudek pulling off heroic saves from Andrea Pirlo and Andriy Shevchenko in the shoot-out as Liverpool reigned in Europe once again.
Barcelona 2 Arsenal 1 - 2006
Arsenal goalkeeper Jens Lehmann became the first player ever to be sent off in a UEFA Champions League final when he saw red in the 18th minute of the highly-anticipated showdown at the Stade de France for a foul on Samuel Eto'o. Despite that blow, the 10-man Gunners kept attacking and took the lead before the break as Sol Campbell headed in from a free-kick. Arsene Wenger's men managed to retain their advantage until the last 14 minutes, when Barca finally broke through. Eto'o prodded the sides level before Juliano Belletti beat Lehmann's replacement Manuel Almunia at the near post just four minutes later to hand the Catalan giants their second European cup.
Manchester United 1 Chelsea 1 (United win 6-5 on penalties) - 2008
Much has been made of Chelsea's yearning to finally lift a much-coveted European trophy and the closest they have come, ahead of this Saturday's decider, was against Manchester United on a wet evening in Moscow. The first all-English final in the history of the competition saw the Red Devils take the lead when Cristiano Ronaldo headed home after 26 minutes. Frank Lampard equalised just before the break and the scores stayed locked at 1-1 as the clash went into extra-time, during which there were no goals but a red card after Didier Drogba slapped Nemanja Vidic. A dramatic penalty shoot-out followed which left John Terry sobbing in the rain after he slipped and missed a spot-kick that would have crowned Chelsea champions, while Nicolas Anelka saw his penalty saved by Edwin van der Sar. Manchester United lifted the trophy and the Blues were forced to continue their wait for European glory.
Barcelona 3 Manchester United 1 - 2011
Another Wembley decider ended in heartbreak for United, fresh off the back of their 19th league title, as they missed out to Primera Liga champions Barca. The European heavyweights were both seeking their third trophy and a tightly-contested encounter had been predicted but the Spaniards ended up dominating the showdown, showing off their trademark skill and flair and scoring three extraordinary goals. Barcelona took the lead through Pedro but the Red Devils managed to peg them back before the break as Wayne Rooney struck after a neat one-two with Ryan Giggs. However, it was the Barca show after half-time, with Lionel Messi (who else?) restoring their lead before David Villa put the result beyond doubt, with the Catalan giants hanging on comfortably to claim their third trophy is six years.
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