UEFA’s 3 Previous All-English Finals

Jon Wilde 30 May 2019
The UEFA Champions League trophy (PA Images)

Tottenham Hotspur vs Liverpool at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium in Madrid to decide the 2018-19 Champions League title is the fourth all-English final of a major European competition – we take a look back at the previous three.

Tottenham Hotspur 3-2 Wolves – 1971-72 UEFA Cup

The score given above is an aggregate because up to 1997, the final of the UEFA Cup – predecessor of the Europa League – was played over two legs, home and away.

The first ever all-English showdown for a European trophy took place with the two games a fortnight apart, Tottenham taking a big step towards glory when they won 2-1 at Molineux with a Martin Chivers double either side of an equaliser from Jim McCalliog.

Spurs were in complete control when Alan Mullery put them ahead at White Hart Lane and although David Wagstaffe made the final score on the night 1-1, it was not enough to stop Bill Nicholson’s side from completing the first of their three European triumphs so far.

Manchester United 1-1 Chelsea – 2007-08 Champions League

A rainy night in Moscow ended with a penalty shootout, John Terry famously slipping and sending his spot-kick against the post when in position to win it for Chelsea before United goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar saved the decisive effort from Nicolas Anelka.

Both goals had been scored during the first half, Cristiano Ronaldo giving United the lead with a header before Frank Lampard equalised, poignantly celebrating by looking and pointing to the heavens just a month after the death of his mother.

United’s victory repeated their 1999 feat of winning both the Premier League and Champions League in the same season – although they failed to land the Treble on the latter occasion having lost at home to Portsmouth in the FA Cup quarter-finals.

Chelsea 4-1 Arsenal – 2018-19 Europa League

And so it’s two all-English finals in four days after Chelsea booked their place in the UEFA Super Cup in Istanbul at the start of next season by thrashing their London rivals in Baku on Wednesday.

Eden Hazard, set to leave Chelsea for Real Madrid after seven years at the club, signed off on the perfect note as he bagged two goals, with Olivier Giroud and Pedro also on the scoresheet.

Now Tottenham join the Blues as the second English club to compete against domestic rivals in two UEFA final showdowns – and the task for Mauricio Pochettino’s side is to go one better than Chelsea by winning both of them.

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UEFA’s 3 Previous All-English Finals

Tottenham Hotspur vs Liverpool at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium in Madrid to decide the 2018-19 Champions League title is the fourth all-English final of a major European competition – we look back at the previous three.