UEFA Champions League continues today after an entertaining night on Tuesday. The biggest shock was a 2-0 win for Red Star Belgrade against last year finalists Liverpool. Harry Kane double saved Tottenham Hotspurs from elimination. Barcelona became the first team to book a place in the last 16 after a 1-1 draw against Inter Milan. Manchester United will hope for a better result when they face Juventus in Turin this evening. Today, the focus is all-time best substitutes in the competition final history. What an impact from the bench. Super Subs .
5. Lars Ricken- 1 Goal (1997 Final)
FLASHBACK: #OnThisDay in 1997 sub Lars Ricken scores this stunning goal with his first touch of the ball in the CL Final; Dortmund beat the mighty Juve 3-1 to claim the trophy.pic.twitter.com/P51S2O3vYa
— Proper Football (@sid_lambert) May 28, 2018
In 1997, Borussia Dortmund overcame Juventus 3-1 at Olympiastadion Stadium in Munich. The Bundesliga side scored two goals in the first half thanks to a brace from Karl-Heinz Riedle. The Italian came back firing in the second half and Del Piero netted in the 65th minute.
Ottmar Hitzfeld knew he needed a goal soon or else his opponent Marcello Lippi will steal the cup from him. He brought on Lars Ricken in the 70th minute with only one mission, score the winner at all cost. The substitute scored with his first touch in the 71st minute to win it for the Germans.
4. Patrick Kluivert- 1 Goal (1995 Final)
— Remc⭕ TP 😷 ❌❌❌⚪️🔴⚪️ (@Remco_TP) April 20, 2017
The last time Dutch giant Ajax tasted European glory was in 1995 at Ernst-Happel-Stadion in the great City of Vienna. It is a victory orchestrated by Louis Van Gaal with a very youthful side that went on to play for big clubs in Europe.
The final was obvious for many people because it was the third consecutive final for Italian giants AC Milan guided by the legendary disciplinarian Fabio Capello. However, it was written in the sky that the title will go to Holland. The game went on and on without a goal. In the 70th minute, Van Gaal decided to bring on 18-year-old striker Patrick Kluivert to terrorize the Italians. He scored the winner in the 85th minute to win the trophy for the Netherlands side.
3. Henrik Larsson- 2 Assists (2006 Final)
Happy birthday Henrik Larsson, he was a game changer as he assisted both goals in the UCL final 2006 vs Arsenal! pic.twitter.com/9IuMezmn1S
— El Máestro (@ElMaestrofcb) September 20, 2014
Arsenal fans will not want to be reminded about their only UEFA Champions League final in 2006. This is because it ended in a defeat. The match started badly with a red card for goalkeeper Jens Lehmann. However, the Gunners did not collapse because they even went ahead by halftime thanks to Sol Campbell goal.
In the second half, the Catalans were not going to let 10-man English side beat them at Stade de France. The La Liga side introduces Swedish master Henrik Larsson in the 61st minute and everything changed. He assisted two goals that were finished by Samuel Eto’o and Juliano Belletti. Arsene Wenger side never got a chance to come close ever since. Unai Emery has a job to do at Emirates.