Since its inaugural tournament, the Champions League has provided with fans with as many wonderful moments as it has shocking ones. There have been countless upsets over the years that have left fans delighted or devastated. Here’s a look at some of the major surprises that the Champions League has given us. If you were interested in betting on the champions league, check out todays requested bets.
Dynamo Kiev 2-0 Real Madrid – 1999
In March 1999, the 13-time winners, Real Madrid, were given a hefty dose of humble pie when they faced Dynamo Kiev and fell at the quarter final stage of the competition. After a 1-1 draw in the first leg, they arrived at the Olympiyskiy Stadium with an understanding that they had to score, but they didn’t. In fact, in the second half, Andriy Shevchenko secure a second goal for the home side that meant they continued on to the latter stages of the league, leaving Real Madrid in the dust.
BATE Borisov 3-1 Bayern Munich – 2012
In 2012, Bayern discovered that they were exempt from disappointment, despite inflicting it on many other teams in the past. In one of the more surprising results in their history, they fell against BATE Borisov in Belarus 3-1. They were humbled in the group stages of the league and were unable to avoid the embarrassment, even though they had the likes of Manuel Neuer, Toni Kroos and Franck Ribery on their side. The fact that they went on to lift the trophy later in the season goes to show just how much of a shock this result was for fans and players alike.
Barcelona 1-2 Rubin Kazan – 2009
You would have thought that being footballing royalty would be enough to secure a win against Rubin Kazan, but the outcome of this particular game was evidence that anyone can fall from grace. The fact that this particular defeat came at the Camp Nou was adding insult to injury too. The memorable game took a bad turn early on when the Russians took a second-minute lead thanks to Alexander Ryazantsev. While Zlatan Ibrahimovic regained some of their dignity following the break, it wasn’t enough, and the underdogs wound up winning the game.
Celtic 2-1 Barcelona – 2012
Guardiola isn’t the only manager of Barcelona to have endured a surprising defeat – it also happened to Tito Vilanova shortly after his departure when the club suffered an embarrassing loss against Celtic in 2012. The on-field events were disastrously one-sided – the hosts had five shots compared to Barcelona’s 23, and they earned just 11% of the possession. Yet it didn’t matter in the end, as they managed to win the game 2-1 against the Catalans, even though they completed almost 800 more passes over the course of the game.
APOEL Nicosia 1-0 Lyon – 2012 APOEL Nicosia provided fans with an impressive enough achievement in qualifying for their group, let alone winning against Lyon in the next round to set themselves up for a quarter-final battle against Real Madrid where they were defeated.