#8) Deportivo vs AC Milan (2004) Quarter Final
Context is key here to highlight the magnitude of Deportivo’s victory over AC Milan. AC Milan have now fallen to the wayside and have become just another team in Europe. However, back in 2004, they were the defending champions.
AC Milan were also favourites to retain their Champions League title and they justified the tag with a mammoth 4-1 win over Deportivo in the first leg. At the time no side had ever overcome a 3 goal first leg deficit.
To do so against an AC Milan side that had not conceded an away goal that season was inconceivable and yet that is exactly what the Spanish side did. By half time, Deportivo had already punished an erratic Milan side to lead 3-0.
By the end of 90 minutes, Deportivo had beaten AC Milan 4-0 to win 5-4 on aggregate. Deportivo had qualified for the semi-finals for the first time but more importantly, they had defied mountainous odds to script one of the greatest stories ever told in football.
#7) AS Roma vs Barcelona (2018) Quarter Final
Before there was Liverpool vs Barcelona, there was AS Roma vs Barcelona. Much like AC Milan in 2004, Barcelona were favourites to win the Champions League. Instead however, their campaign ended at the Quarter final stage.
The Spanish Giants had put themselves in a favourable position by giving themselves a 3-goal advantage in the first leg at home. Fortunately for the Italian side, Edin Dzeko scored in the 80th minute to give them a very crucial away goal.
This goal would prove to be the difference between both sides as Roma tore through Barcelona to win the second leg with a 3-0 score-line. With their tie ending at 4-4 AS Roma made it to the Semi-Final on away goals.
No one had expected Barcelona to fall apart in the manner they did and yet it had happened. Barcelona were knocked out by an unlikely opponent. The giants were slain when no one had expected it to happen, proving once again how unpredictable the game is.