May 10th, 2019

Four English sides make European History

Well what a week of European football we have had, incredible comebacks, gripping last minute goals and moments that will live long in the memory.

On Tuesday and Wednesday, we had two nights of pure drama in the Champions League as Liverpool and Tottenham completed thrilling comebacks, to book their places in the final.

Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool progressed to the Champions League final in some style, as they came back from a 3-0 defeat in their first leg against Barcelona to win the second leg 4-0.

No one gave them a chance because of how dominant Barca have been in this years competition, but couldn’t cope with Liverpool’s constant pressure with the help of the Anfield crowd.

Tottenham thrillingly overcame a 1-0 deficit in their own first leg, to beat Ajax 3-2 on Wednesday night with a last minute winner from hat-trick hero Lucas Moura. Spurs went through on away goals and followed in the footsteps of their fellow English-side the night before.

Personally, I don’t think I have ever seen as much drama in two nights of football and this year’s Champions League knock-out stage was probably the best ever!

Then last night, I wasn’t prepared for what unfolded in the Europa League…

Arsenal beat a Valencia side 7-3 on aggregate, after beating the Spaniards 3-1 in the first leg and 4-2 last night away from home. A hat-trick from striker Pierre Emerick Aubameyang helped his side secure a place in the final and fourth Europa League final for Unai Emery.

In the other tie at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea welcomed German-side Eintracht Frankfurt to London with the sides all square at 1-1 from the first leg.

They both drew again 2-2 forcing the tie into extra time and then penalties in a nerve-jangling affair.

Both teams had chances to win the game after 90 minutes, but nothing clear cut. Chelsea’s Cesar Azpilicueta came closest when he went up for a 50/50 ball with Frankfurt keeper Kevin Trapp. However, the referee decided that Trapp had two hands on the ball and was fouled.

The game went into penalties, with Chelsea coming out victorious 4-3 and booked their place in the final against fellow Englishmen Arsenal.

This is the first time that all four places in the two major European finals have been taken by one country, which set up the first all-English final in 11 years. English football is certainly going through a purple patch in Europe.