As AS Monaco FC prepare for their second leg against Juventus we reflect on one of their biggest nights, when they toppled Real Madrid CF in the 2004 quarter-finals.
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AS Monaco FC have surprised many by advancing to the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals but they have previous on that front. As they look forward to Wednesday's second leg against Juventus we recall one of their finest nights at the Stade Louis II, when they toppled Real Madrid CF's Galácticos in the last eight in 2003/04. With Monaco trailing 4-2 from the first meeting, goals from Ludovic Giuly and Fernando Morientes helped them to a 3-1 victory and an away-goals triumph.
1. Patrice Evra
One of the finest left-backs of his era, Evra was born in Senegal, brought up in France and racked up trophies in England. Over eight and a half seasons at Manchester United FC he accrued five Premier League titles, three League Cups (to go with one earned at Monaco in 2003) and the 2008 UEFA Champions League. A veteran of four major final tournaments with France, Evra went back last summer to Italy, the country where his career began in 1998, joining Juventus. He is now poised to take on his old team in the return leg.
2. Fernando Morientes
In tandem with Raúl González, striker Morientes helped inspire Real Madrid to three UEFA Champions League crowns and the Liga championship twice. A good all-round player, especially strong in the air, he spent six years at the Santiago Bernabéu before moving on loan to Monaco in 2003/04 – a decision the Merengues would rue. Spells with Liverpool FC, Valencia CF and Olympique de Marseille followed before he retired in 2010. Spain's fifth-highest scorer (27 goals in 47 games), he returned to Madrid as a youth-team coach and earlier this year, aged 38, put on his shooting boots again for fourth-tier DAV Santa Ana.
3. Jérôme Rothen
A compact, lightning-quick left-winger, Rothen was a late bloomer yet once he got going he was almost unstoppable. He was nearly 24 when he arrived at Monaco and was a key member of Didier Deschamps' side in 2003/04. The UEFA Champions League final was Rothen's last match for ASM, though, as he headed north to Paris Saint-Germain where he lifted the French Cup and League Cup. He later landed the Ligue 2 title with SC Bastia before seeing out his career where he had started, at SM Caen in 2013. Capped 13 times by France, he is now a television pundit.
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