Champions League matches for the 2021/22 season

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What an outrageously mental UEFA Champions League season.

There was everything.

Incredible comebacks, huge upheavals, an implosion of Paris Saint-Germain. All.

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Real Madrid vs Sheriff - UEFA Champions League

The sheriff celebrates a famous victory / Anadolu Agency/GettyImages

Yes, this match took place this season.

With Real Madrid crowned European champions once again, this result looks even more shocking today than it did last September. Which is saying a lot, because my god was it a shock.

Cristiano Ronaldo

A rare good result for Man Utd this season / Naomi Baker/GettyImages

A good result for Man Utd in the 2021/22 season?

Believe it or not, this actually happened.

Basically, every Atalanta game over the past five years has been a pretty fun affair, and this one was no exception.

Taking a two-goal lead in the first half, La Dea would succumb to a spirited comeback (Man Utd 2021/22 and ‘spirited’ rarely went together) from Man Utd, with Marcus Rashford, Harry Maguire and Cristiano Ronaldo scoring the goals.

Champions League Manchester City v RB Leipzig

City win 6-3 / Tom Jenkins/GettyImages

A nine-goal thriller.

They don’t come very often.

Man City had six different goalscorers in that game alone, while the highly rated Christopher Nkunku scored all three for Leipzig.

Alexis Saelemaekers, Andrew Robertson - Soccer Player

Two huge clubs / Visionhaus/GettyImages

Two teams with a total of 13 Champions League/European Cups between them, Liverpool v AC Milan certainly lived up to their bill in September.

In front of a raucous Anfield crowd, Liverpool saw off the eventual Serie A champions through goals from Mohamed Salah, Jordan Henderson and an own goal from Fikayo Tomori.

Darwin Núñez, Gilberto

Nunez scored two / Gualter Fatia/GettyImages

Another ‘that was this season?!’ Game.

Forward Xavi Barcelona weren’t a pretty sight at the start of the 2021/22 campaign, and that was probably the lowest point for this team – losing 3-0 to Benfica at the Camp Nou.

Not a great look.

Rodrygo, Ederson, Ruben Dias

Rodrygo scored some important goals / Jonathan Moscrop/GettyImages

Spoiler for the rest of this list: Real Madrid’s knockout matches feature heavily.

After an incredible 4-3 win at the Etihad (more on that later), Man City were heavy favorites to reach their second successive Champions League final before this semi-final second leg.

In the 75th minute, they were even more favorites when Riyad Mahrez scored what everyone thought was a decisive goal.

Then all hell collapsed.

Rodrygo scored of them goals in the 90th and 91st minutes to send the game into extra time and then Karim Benzema (who else?) scored a penalty to send Los Blancos into the final.

Unai Emery

A famous victory for Unai Emery / Quality Sport Images/GettyImages

Well… it was a shock.

Nobody expected Juventus to win the UEFA Champions League this season, but after being drawn against Villarreal in the round of 16, everyone expected them to qualify for at least the Champions League. quarter-finals.

This does not happen.

Instead, they drew with Villarreal in Spain before being put to the sword in Turin.

Real Madrid vs Chelsea - UEFA Champions League

Benz scored a vital goal / Anadolu Agency/GettyImages

One of Chelsea’s best performances under Thomas Tuchel simply wasn’t enough against a Real Madrid side seemingly destined to win the Champions League this season.

The Blues needed a big win and thought they got it in the 75th minute when Timo Werner led Chelsea 4-3 on aggregate.

That was not to be the case, however, as a late Rodrygo goal was followed by Benzema in extra time to send Real Madrid on.

Real Madrid vs Paris Saint-Germain - UEFA Champions League

Benzema scored a hat trick / Anadolu Agency/GettyImages

Los Blancos didn’t look like Champions League title contenders at all throughout the group stages. They were, well, pretty terrible.

In this round of 16 return, they came to life.

After dropping two goals on aggregate, Madrid rallied in historic fashion, with Benzema scoring a 17-minute hat-trick to claim the game and tie.

Nacho Fernandez, Riyad Mahrez, Thibaut Courtois

A Champions League classic / Soccrates Images/GettyImages

This game really had it all.

Goals, drama and above all: the highest quality football played anywhere in Europe over the past 12 months.

Man City would lack spectacular 4-3 winners on the night, but it would be Real Madrid who would claim the two-legged tie and end up winning their 14th European Cup.

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