As Wolfsburg travel to Real Madrid looking to complete one of the most sensational successes in the competition's history, UEFA.com recalls some UEFA Champions League upsets.
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Following a 0-0 draw in France, Jean Tigana's Monaco ended United's hopes of becoming European champions 30 years on from their maiden success in 1968. David Trezeguet's thunderous early drive unsettled the injury-sapped hosts and though United equalised through Ole Gunnar Solskjær, attack-minded Monaco deserved their away-goals success. "We were fortunate United had players out but that does not diminish the achievement," Tigana concluded.
Dynamo Kyiv talisman Andriy Shevchenko put the Ukrainian side ahead in Madrid, and while Predrag Mijatović replied, the striker settled things in the return fixture – his first a rebound after Bodo Illgner saved his penalty, the second a neat touch following Serhiy Rebrov's deft ball over the top. It was perhaps the high-water mark of Dynamo's second golden age under coach Valeriy Lobanovskiy. They lost to Bayern München in the semis, then Shevchenko left for AC Milan.
Although Roy Keane's dismissal helped Porto win the first leg, United had one foot in the quarter-finals after Paul Scholes fired them in front – only for Costinha to level when goalkeeper Tim Howard could merely parry Benni McCarthy's free-kick. José Mourinho's ensuing run down the touchline to celebrate came to symbolise the shock outcome. "When Costinha scored, I was going crazy," captain Jorge Costa remembered. "Mourinho was going crazy. Everybody was going crazy."
Overwhelmed by the reigning European champions in the first leg, Javier Irureta's team wiped out that three-goal deficit before half-time in Spain, Walter Pandiani, Juan Carlos Valerón and Albert Luque speeding them into a 3-0 lead. Captain Fran then put the game beyond Carlo Ancelotti's Milan after the break. Irureta had promised to walk the pilgrim's trail to Santiago de Compostela "on his knees" if Depor won; he did, albeit on his feet, at the end of the campaign. "A promise is a promise," he said.
Outclassed in Madrid, Monaco trailed to a Raúl González strike at the Stade Louis II until Ludovic Giuly volleyed them level on the night just before the interval. Fernando Morientes – on loan from Madrid – headed ASM's second and Giuly flicked in the overall winner on 66 minutes. "I didn't see one story in the papers that gave us a chance," Giuly said afterwards. "If you let them have the ball, they can murder you. But we showed that if you can upset their rhythm, you have a chance."
If defeat in Milan checked an 11-game unbeaten UEFA Champions League start for Manuel Pellegrini's Yellow Submarine (even after Diego Forlán's first-minute goal at San Siro), Rodolfo Arruabarrena's header nonetheless secured another mighty scalp for the competition debutants back at El Madrigal. Roberto Mancini laid into his side's "stupid" defending, but Villarreal midfielder Alessio Tacchinardi felt victory was deserved, saying: "We showed heart and soul and a greater desire."
Struggling in the Bundesliga, the Royal Blues shook off their travails with a sensational first-leg triumph against the title holders (despite conceding an all-time classic goal to Dejan Stanković in the opening minute). "If someone had said before the match that we would beat Inter by three goals, we would have said they were mad," coach Ralf Rangnick concluded, his team defending diligently and countering effectively to win the return leg too.
Having worked wonders to make it through the group stage, the Cypriot club promptly took it a step further; Gustavo Manduca scored to level up their tie with Lyon, and Dionisios Chiotis saved from Alexandre Lacazette and Michel Bastos to win the subsequent shoot-out. "We've made history for this country," Manduca said later. "We knew we had only one chance. We didn't know if we would get another opportunity to get [this far] so we had to give everything."
Diego Simeone's side went on to lift their first Spanish title since 1995/96, and take Real Madrid to extra time in the UEFA Champions League final, but few expected them to overcome Barcelona – the great club team of the age. A 1-1 Camp Nou draw was followed by a narrow return victory – Koke's fifth-minute volley settling the tie. "Barcelona are spectacular in how they play the ball around and look to tire you out," the match winner said. "However, I think we worked very hard and are worthy winners."