Edition 2002-2003. AC Milan and Inter face off in the semi-finals of the Champions League. A close match between two of the best teams on the planet at the time. In the first leg, it is Milan which receives its internal rival. Null and blank score. In the return match, the teams neutralize each other once again. But this time around 1-1. In the first half, Ukrainian Andriy Shevchenko made the difference by cheating Francesco Toldo. A goal that qualifies the Rossoneri despite the draw.
Mourinho overthrows Man Utd (2004)
2003-2004 season. José Mourinho manages FC Porto. He challenges Sir Alex Fergusson’s Manchester United at the round of 16 stadium for the second leg after winning 2-1 in the first leg. Quickly led to the score, the Portuguese are overwhelmed. But at the end of the match, a saving goal from Costinha qualified Mourinho’s men who pulled the match away.
Eto’o «clutch» à Stamford Bridge (2006)
2005-2006. FC Barcelona and Chelsea are rivals. During this edition, the Blaugranas play the first leg on the London lawn. A very tense match on a lawn in very poor condition. While the teams surrender blow for blow, Samuel Eto’o offers victory in the last moments of the match on a furious header (1-2). A goal that will make the difference in the return match since the Blues did not manage to go up the slope at Camp Nou.
Henry, King of the Bernabeu (2006)
Few players have tamed Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu. That evening, Thierry Henry was unfazed. In 2006, the Arsenal Gunners moved to the Galacticos pitch from the knockout stages. Arsenal won 1-0 thanks to a sublime goal from Henry. On the return, Arsène Wenger’s proteges do the job and ensure a precious 0-0 in front of their supporters.
Ronaldo bombarde Porto (2009)
One of Cristiano Ronaldo’s most beautiful goals in the Champions League! During the 2008-2009 European campaign, United found FC Porto in the quarter-finals. After conceding the draw on their lawn, the Red Devils are obliged to make an away result. From the start of the game, “CR7” sends a missile into Helton’s cage. The only goal of the meeting which qualifies the Mancuniens.
Iniesta disgusts Chelsea (2009)
The most iconic away goal! In 2009, FC Barcelona crushed everything in its path. Except that in the semifinals of C1, the situation is not the same. Barcelona are fighting against Chelsea who have mastered their subject over both matches (0-0 in the first leg at Camp Nou). Michael Essien opened the scoring early in the match and believed to send Chelsea to the Champions League final. Despite several game facts, the Catalans did not give up and ended up unlocking the Blues’ defense in added time with a magical goal from Andrès Iniesta.
The Saving Head of Thiago Silva (2015)
2014-2015 season. After conceding the draw at the Parc des Princes (1-1), PSG wants to create the feat on the lawn of Chelsea. Reduced to 10 very quickly because of the exclusion of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, the Parisians found themselves in difficulty. The two teams do not separate (1-1) and are forced to go and play extra time. Once again led (2-1), the capital club will however seek its qualification in-extremis at the end of the match on a helmet blow from Thiago Silva. Final score 2-2 and a qualification of PSG 10 against 11 on the lawn of the Blues of José Mourinho.
Rashford Cools the Park (2019)
After a controlled first leg at Old Trafford (0-2), PSG is confident before receiving Manchester United, in the round of 16 of the 2018-2019 Champions League. A little too confident. At the end of additional time, Marcus Rashford transforms the penalty to the win (3-1) and qualify the Red Devils. A new “remorada” with a bitter taste for Parisians.
Lucas Laundry Ajax (2019)
A surreal match! Defeated 1-0 on their lawn in the semi-final first leg, the Spurs do not have much hope before going on the lawn of Ajax Amsterdam. Especially since during this match, they are very quickly in the hard by finding themselves behind 2-0. A scenario that does not frighten the men of Mauricio Pochettino, who return to the scoreboard with two goals from Lucas Moura. One more goal and it’s qualifying. In the very last seconds, Lucas crucifies André Onana with a cross strike and extinguishes an entire stadium. 2-3! Tottenham are in the final.
UEFA decided on Thursday to abolish the away goal rule in all its competitions from next season. The end of an era that gave us great moments of madness!
It fell this Thursday! After several months of reflection, UEFA has decided to abolish the away goal rule from all its club competitions from 2021-2022. From next season, in the event of a tie, the two teams will have to decide by overtime (and penalties). An upheaval that will change the approach of all the teams in these double confrontations.
Established since 1965, this rule will therefore disappear. The European landscape will be different and some teams will have an easier time creating surprises in choppy matches. Nevertheless, this law of the goal outside gave a special atmosphere to the meetings. Some goals remain and will remain in history. Back in pictures on these 9 away goals that turned a double confrontation upside down.