The draw for the 2016/17 UEFA Champions League quarter finals threw up interesting fixtures with Real Madrid facing Bayern Munich, Barcelona coming up against Juventus, last season’s fairy-tale Leicester City drawing Atletico Madrid and a mouth-watering clash of scintillating attacks between AS Monaco and Borussia Dortmund. In the 2017-18 edition, the Round of 16 is just playing itself out and by May 1st, we will find out who will face who in the quarterfinal.
Here we take a look at the top 5 UEFA Champions League quarter-final matches of all time that include fierce rivalries, upsets and comebacks.
Bayern Munich VS FC Porto, 2014/15
First leg – FC Porto 3-1 Bayern Munich
A perfectly executed game plan and composed finishing earned Porto a victory which evolved hope in them eyeing a first semi in more than a decade. Thiago Alcántara gave the visitors a foothold with his first UEFA Champions League strike.
Jackson Martínez, though, restored Porto’s two-goal cushion to leave Bayern – shorn of key players including Arjen Robben, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Franck Ribéry through injury – facing an uphill struggle.
Second leg – Bayern Munich 6-1 FC Porto
FC Bayern München eased into the UEFA Champions League semi-finals for the fourth year in a row, making light of both FC Porto and their own history with a dominant attacking display.
The German champions faced a two-goal deficit but were level on aggregate before a quarter of the match had elapsed, Thiago Alcántara and Jérôme Boateng heading them into a two-goal cushion on the night.
Robert Lewandowski added two more either side of Thomas Müller’s deflected effort and, though Jackson Martínez scored a consolation for Porto, Bayern cruised through. Xabi Alonso added a late sixth after Porto’s Iván Marcano had collected his second yellow card of the game.