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Your favourite semi-final moments

Published: Monday 15 April 2013, 16.55CET
With two more cracking semi-finals set to kick off next week, we revisit some recent classics and ask for your favourite UEFA Champions League final-four memories.
Published: Monday 15 April 2013, 16.55CET

Your favourite semi-final moments

With two more cracking semi-finals set to kick off next week, we revisit some recent classics and ask for your favourite UEFA Champions League final-four memories.

With the UEFA Champions League semi-finals rapidly approaching, wants to know what have been your favourite last-four ties in the competition's history.

With so much at stake, the semi-finals invariably provide remarkable moments of drama. FC Barcelona, heading to Germany for a mouthwatering first leg with FC Bayern München next week, have been at the centre of some especially memorable episodes in recent years. The tension was unbearable last term when Chelsea FC went to Camp Nou and survived a Blaugrana barrage for 90 minutes, despite the sending-off of captain John Terry, with Fernando Torres's added-time goal securing a 3-2 aggregate success for the eventual champions.

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Andrés Iniesta scored a dramatic goal in 2009

The shoe had been on the other foot three years earlier when Barça, themselves down to ten men, stole it on away goals in stoppage time at Stamford Bridge; Andrés Iniesta's last-gasp effort prompted Josep Guardiola to sprint down the touch line in celebration, on his way to leading the Catalans to the first of two UEFA Champions League titles.

This stage can bring out the best in players, and few men can have had as big an influence on a semi-final as Manchester United FC's Roy Keane in 1999. With his side two goals behind in the second leg at Juventus, the Irish midfielder pulled one back himself before driving his team on to a 3-2 win (4-3 on aggregate). Of course, they proceeded to pick up the trophy.

As well as eliciting the maximum from certain players, the situation can lift a whole squad's performance to the next level. In the 1999/2000 edition Valencia CF blew Barcelona away in the first leg with a 4-1 home win, with Miguel Ángel Angulo, Gaizka Mendieta and Claudio López scoring in a devastating performance.

But perhaps the ultimate team showing came from AFC Ajax en route to glory in 1995. After a 0-0 first-leg draw with Bayern in Germany, Louis van Gaal's young side, inspired by Jari Litmanen, took the opposition apart with a 5-2 success. "Ajax were like a Porsche," Franz Beckenbauer said afterwards.

Be it a tie typified by late goals, insufferable drama or outstanding displays, let us know your favourite UEFA Champions League semi-final moments – and tell us who you think will make it through to the final this time, using the comment box below.

Last updated: 17/04/13 9.24CET

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