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Fancy meeting you here: Europe's local derbies

Published: Wednesday 30 April 2014, 23.00CET
With Real Madrid CF to meet Club Atlético de Madrid in the UEFA Champions League final, UEFA.com looks over the games that took local derbies to a whole new level.
Fancy meeting you here: Europe's local derbies
The Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica will host the biggest European local derby yet ©Getty Images
 
 
Published: Wednesday 30 April 2014, 23.00CET

Fancy meeting you here: Europe's local derbies

With Real Madrid CF to meet Club Atlético de Madrid in the UEFA Champions League final, UEFA.com looks over the games that took local derbies to a whole new level.

Real Madrid CF v Club Atlético de Madrid
(agg: 2-2, Madrid win 2-1 in a replay staged in Zaragoza)
1958/59 European Champion Clubs' Cup semi-finals
With the away-goals rule some years away, a 2-2 aggregate draw set up a Derbi Madrileño play-off in Zaragoza. Madrid struck first, Paco Gento's centre turned in by Alfredo Di Stéfano in the 16th minute, but Enrique Collar levelled for Los Rojiblancos two minutes later.

With half-time approaching, an defensive error allowed Ferenc Puskás in to drive in with his less-used right foot to send the eventual champions through to the Stuttgart showpiece. "There were some incredible misses in that game," Madrid's Argentinian coach Luis Antonio Carniglia said afterwards. "The key for us was that we played the entire encounter with the same rhythm."

FC Barcelona also met their city rivals RCD Espanyol 1-0 home and away in the quarter-finals of the 1965/66 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup – the non-UEFA affiliated precursor to the UEFA Cup and UEFA Europa League.

AC Milan v FC Internazionale Milano
(agg: 1-1, Milan win on away goals)
2002/03 UEFA Champions League semi-finals
AC Milan v FC Internazionale Milano
(agg: 5-0)
2004/05 UEFA Champions League quarter-finals
Milan legend Paolo Maldini played a record 56 derbies against Inter, but reckoned the 2002/03 semi-final was the tensest of all. "A crazy mix of stress and emotion," Maldini recalled. "There was a Champions League final at stake and everything was decided in six days – I don't remember another emotional encounter like it."

After a goalless first leg 'at home', Milan took the lead through Andriy Shevchenko, but Obafemi Martins replied for Inter seven minutes from time Christian Abbiati then saved a late Mohamed Kallon effort to win the tie on away goals.

Milan went on to beat Juvenuts on penalties in the final and prevailed again against Inter in the quarter-finals two years later, this time in unsatisfactory circumstances as the second leg was abandoned due to crowd trouble.

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Claudio Ranieri after the win at Arsenal

Chelsea FC v Arsenal FC
(agg: 3-2)

2003/04 UEFA Champions League quarter-finals
A 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge had prolonged the agony for Chelsea boss Claudio Ranieri, who had failed to get the better of Arsène Wenger's men in three previous encounters that season, extending the Blues wait for a win against their London rivals to 17 games.

Ranieri's side trailed in the second leg at Highbury, but Frank Lampard levelled early early in the second half, setting up Wayne Bridge to win the game with a stylish left-footed shot. "I was mad," said the Chelsea manager, describing his visible feelings at the final whistle. "I was more than happy. I had 30 seconds of delirium."

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Bănel Nicoliţă's goal proved decisive

FC Rapid Bucureşti v FC Steaua Bucureşti
(agg 1-1, Steaua win on away goals)
2005/06 UEFA Cup quarter-finals
Along with FC Dinamo Bucureşti, Steaua and Rapid are still known as 'the UEFAntastics' following their UEFA Cup exploits in 2005/06. All three graced the group stage, but while Dinamo advanced no further, their capital rivals went on to contest a memorable quarter-final – still the only time two Romanian teams have met in Europe.

Bănel Nicoliţă struck with just five minutes gone to put visitors Steaua ahead in the first leg, and although Viorel Moldovan levelled after half-time, a goalless draw in the return encounter meant the Militarii progressed on away goals. "That was the best and most enjoyable period in my life, with so many memories, including the fantastic 2005/06 season," said Nicoliţă upon leaving the club in 2011. "I'll always be a Steaua fan."

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Bremen celebrate their victory in Hamburg

SV Werder Bremen v Hamburger SV
(agg: 3-3, Bremen win on away goals)

2008/09 UEFA Cup semi-finals
Hamburg led 1-0 from the away leg of this encounter between the fiercest rivals in northern Germany, and were still in with a chance with ten minutes to go in the second leg despite trailing 2-1.

Then fate intervened: Hamburg centre-back Michael Gravgaard miscuing a pass after the ball rolled over a paper ball – which had been used in a piece of fan choreography among the HSV supporters – and conceding a corner from which Bremen scored their third, putting the tie beyond their rivals. General manager Klaus Allofs snatched the paper ball at full-time, saying: "This is coming with me to the Werder Bremen museum and will have a very special place."

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José Antonio Reyes strikes back

Sevilla FC v Real Betis Balompié
(agg: 2-2, Sevilla win 4-3 on pens)
2013/14 UEFA Cup round of 16
"A Hollywood director couldn't have written a better script," beamed captain Ivan Rakitić after Sevilla recovered from a 2-0 home defeat to get the better of their neighbours over 90 minutes and then finish the tie off in a shoot-out.

Betis looked to be on course for a famous success when Léo Baptistão and Salvador Sevilla (the latter once a B-team player for his side's local rivals) scored in the first leg, but José Antonio Reyes and Carlos Bacca were on the target in the return fixture. Antonio Adán produced some superb saves to deny Sevilla a third in extra time, but Betis were finally undone when Nono steered his penalty wide.

"The party [in the dressing room] is hopefully not over," Rakitić noted. "The guys will have a quick shower and then we'll keep going a bit longer."

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