Classic Champions Cup finals: A look back at some of the best European rugby showdowns
By Sky Sports Rugby Union
Last Updated: 11/05/19 4:50pm
With the Champions Cup final between Saracens and Leinster taking place on Saturday, we look back at some of the most memorable European showpiece games down the years.
Toulouse 21-18 Cardiff - 1996
Toulouse won the first European final in 1996 after two extra-time penalties from Christophe Deylaud edged out Cardiff in Wales.
The French side scored twice in the first ten minutes, with tries from Thomas Castaignede and Jerome Cazalbou giving them an early lead.
Adrian Davies kicked Cardiff back into the contest and a last-minute penalty levelled the game at 15-15 to force extra time.
Deylaud made the difference in the extra 30 minutes and his two kicks settled the match in a dramatic conclusion to the first European final.
Leicester 34-30 Stade Francais - 2001
Leicester clinched their first triumph in the competition after a dramatic victory over Stade Francais in Paris.
It looked as if the French side would be crowned champions, leading for most of the match, but a try from Leon Lloyd in the last minute snatched the win for the Tigers.
Diego Dominguez scored all of Stade Francais' points, which included nine penalties, as the side stood on the verge of European glory.
Trailing 15-9 at the break, Lloyd scored at the start of the second half before Neil Back's converted try made it 21-21.
Dominguez edged Stade Francais back in front, but the contest was decided right at the end when man of the match Austin Healey broke clear down the middle and set up Lloyd for the winning try.
Wasps 27-20 Toulouse - 2004
Rob Howley's late try gave Wasps a dramatic victory over Toulouse at Twickenham for their first trophy success in the tournament.
Wasps had the upper hand in the first half, with Stuart Abbott crossing the line to give them the lead. Toulouse fly-half Yann Delaigue replied to bring his side back within two points of their opponents.
Full-back Mark van Gisbergen followed up with Wasps' second try, but the English club were pegged back by two penalties from Jean-Baptiste Elissalde.
And the final appeared to be heading towards extra-time until Howley raced on to his own grubber kick to score the decisive try for Wasps.
Munster 23-19 Biarritz - 2006
After two agonising near misses in finals, it was third time lucky for Munster in the Heineken Cup after edging past Biarritz in Cardiff.
Sireli Bobo gave Biarritz an early lead, but Munster responded through Trevor Halstead's score and a superb individual try from Peter Stringer.
Munster led 17-10 at half-time, but the French side closed to within a point after a couple of penalties from Dmitri Yachvili to set up a tense finale.
However, reliable fly-half Ronan O'Gara fired over his third penalty of the match and Munster held out to seal their first European triumph.
Leinster 33-22 Northampton - 2011
Leinster produced the biggest final comeback in the competition's history after a gripping 33-22 win over Northampton in Cardiff.
The Saints appeared on course for a second European victory after taking a 22-6 half-time lead. But a stunning fightback from the Irish side, led by Johnny Sexton, enabled them to win the tournament for the second time in three years.
Tries from Phil Dowson, Ben Foden and Dylan Hartley put Northampton on course for victory before Leinster rallied and completely dominated the second half.
Sexton scored after the restart and the Ireland fly-half quickly crossed the line again before a Leinster penalty enabled them to turn their hefty deficit into a one-point lead within the space of 17 second-half minutes.
Nathan Hines scored Leinster's third try, in his final game before joining Clermont Auvergne, as the Blues completed an unforgettable turnaround.