Liverpool will lock horns with fellow Premier League side Tottenham in the UEFA Champions League final to be held in Wanda Metropolitano, Madrid on June 1.
However, this is not the first time that two clubs from the same country will contest the summit clash of European club football’s grandest tournament.
Here are some similar clashes from the past:
Real Madrid vs Valencia – 1999/2000 season
The first such incident happened at the turn of the century when La Liga counterparts Real Madrid and Valencia faced each other in the final at Stade de France.
But, the match turned out to be a one-sided contest as Real Madrid won 3-0, courtesy goals from Raul Gonzalez, Fernando Morientes and Steve McManaman.
AC Milan vs Juventus – 2002/2003 season
The two greatest clubs of Italian football met in the final which took place in Old Trafford, Manchester. It was a cagey affair with both the teams unable to break each other down in 120 minutes of play. The match went to penalties.
Ukrainian superstar Andriy Shevchenko converted the decisive spot kick to help the Rossoneri win 3-2 on penalties and clinch their sixth Champions League title.
Manchester United vs Chelsea – 2007/2008 season
It was a rainy night as Premier League rivals Manchester United and Chelsea took to the field in Moscow. Cristiano Ronaldo opened the scoring for Sir Alex Ferguson’s men in the 26th minute, only for Blues legend Frank Lampard to equalise in the 45th minute.
The penalty shoot-out was needed to determine the winner. Ronaldo missed his spot-kick as did John Terry. United’s iconic shot-stopper Edwin van der Sar saved from Nicolas Anelka to deliver the Red Devils their third Champions League title and their last till date.
Bayern Munich vs Borussia Dortmund – 2012/2013 season
It was a ‘Der Klassiker’ in the 2013 final at the Wembley Stadium. The first all-German Champions League final was goalless at the end of the first half.
In the second half, Mario Mandzukic gave the Bavarians the lead in the 60th minute. Ilkay Gundogan equalised from the penalty spot, after a foul on Marco Reus.
Just as the match seemed to be heading towards extra time, two Bayern Munich legends, Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben combined, with the latter scoring in the 89th minute.
Real Madrid vs Atletico Madrid – 2013/2014 season
This was the first ever Champions League final between two clubs from the same city and the venue was Lisbon.
Atletico Madrid defender Diego Godin opened the scoring in the 36th minute. That goal seemed enough for Diego Simeone’s side, until Sergio Ramos popped up with a header in the 93rd minute, to send the match into extra time.
Atletico’s energy was sapped and Real Madrid comfortably scored thrice more in extra time, through Marcelo, Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo. With this victory, Real Madrid celebrated winning the ‘La Decima’.
Real Madrid vs Atletico Madrid – 2015/2016 season
The Madrid clubs met again in the Champions League final. This time the final was staged at the iconic San Siro.
Sergio Ramos gave Real the lead in the 15th minute. Belgian winger Yannick Carrasco restored parity with his strike in the 79th minute.
After a goalless extra 30 minutes, the match was settled by a penalty shootout where Real ran out comfortable winners.
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