Season 2006-07


Just four months after narrowly losing the Champions League final, Arsenal had to qualify against Dinamo Zagreb which they did with some ease winning 5-1 on aggregate. Milan had to beat fellow former winners Red Star Belgrade which they did by 3 goals to one. Ajax, however, were not so fortunate despite winning 2-1 away to FC Copenhagen. In Amsterdam they lost 2-0 and were sent crashing out.

Dinamo Zagreb v Arsenal/Ajax v FC Copenhagen

Barcelona began their trophy defence in style beating Levski Sofia 5-0, but they then needed a late equaliser to rescue a point away to Werder Bremen before taking only one point from their two games against eventual group winners Chelsea. In the end the holders needed a last day 2-0 win over Werder Bremen to make it through to the next round.

Chelsea v Barcelona/Barcelona v Werder Bremen

Lyon began Group E with a 2-0 win over Real Madrid and, after comfortable wins over Steaua Bucharest and Dynamo Kiev, led 2-0 in Madrid before Real fought back to claim a 2-2 draw. Lyon topped the group and Real comfortably gained enough points against Steaua and Dynamo to finish in second place.

Lyon v Real Madrid/Real Madrid v Dynamo Kiev

Unbeaten Bayern Munich won Group B. Internazionale lost their opening game 1-0 away to Sporting Lisbon and then lost at home to Bayern, but two subsequent wins over Spartak Moscow and a win over Sporting in Milan were enough to qualify in second place.

Internazionale v Bayern Munich/Spartak Moscow v Internazionale

Valencia opened Group D by coming from behind to win 4-2 away to Olympiacos. A 2-1 win over Roma in Matchday 2 set them on the way to winning their group comfortably. Roma stuttered with a draw at home to Olympiacos and defeat to Shakhtar, but they claimed the runner-up spot when they beat an already qualified Valencia on the final day.

Olympiacos v Valencia/Valencia v Roma

Group F was dominated by the two 'Battles of Britain' between Manchester United and Celtic. Each side won their home game against the other with United winning their final game against Benfica to win the group and so enable Celtic to qualify in second place despite losing to FC Copenhagen.

Benfica v Manchester United/Celtic v Benfica

Milan won three and drew one of their first four games to top Group H. AEK Athens and Lille battled it out for second place up until the final matchday when the French side won 2-0 in the San Siro against a much changed Milan team and qualified one point ahead of the Greeks who could only draw with Anderlecht.

Milan v Anderlecht/Milan v Lille

PSV Eindhoven and Liverpool opened Group C with a goalless draw before both winning their next three games to comfortably qualify ahead of Bordeaux and Galatasaray.

Liverpool v Bordeaux/Galatasaray v PSV Eindhoven

Wins at home to Hamburg and Arsenal, coupled with draws away to Porto and Arsenal saw CSKA Moscow top Group G with just two games remaining, but defeats in those last two games led to them missing out behind Arsenal and Porto who's final day goalless draw was enough for them both to qualify.

CSKA Moscow v Arsenal/Arsenal v Hamburg

In the Second Round the last two Champions League winners met with Liverpool's 2-1 win in Barcelona being enough to see them through despite losing the second leg at home 0-1. Elsewhere, two one-nil wins over Lille were enough for Manchester United through to reach quarter-finals.

Barcelona v Liverpool/Manchester United v Lille

Lyon held Roma to a goalless draw in Italy, but in the second leg goals from Totti and Mancini won the tie for Roma. There was also a comeback by Chelsea. Following a 1-1 draw in Portugal, Porto took an early lead back in London, but Chelsea recovered to win the game 2-1.

Lyon v Roma/Chelsea v Porto

After reaching the final a year previously, Arsenal had high hopes of going one better, but they were knocked out by PSV Eindhoven who won their home game 1-0 before drawing 1-1 in the return. Bayern Munich were in trouble when they trailed 3-1 late in the game away to Real Madrid, but a late goal gave them some hope and an epic 2-1 victory back in Germany saw them through on away goals.

Arsenal v PSV Eindhoven/Bayern Munich v Real Madrid

Milan needed extra time to beat Celtic after 180 minutes without a goal. It needed a Kaka goal in extra time to separate the two sides. Neighbours Internazionale, however, were beaten on away goals as they could only manage a goalless draw themselves after Valencioa had drawn the first leg 2-2 in Italy. The most remarkable performance in the quarter-finals came from Manchester United who came back from a 2-1 defeat in Rome to thrash Roma 7-1 in the second leg. Liverpool also had a comfortable victory when they won 3-0 away to PSV which rendered the second leg a mere formality.

Manchester United v Roma/PSV Eindhoven v Liverpool

After a 1-1 draw at home to Valencia, Chelsea came from behind in Spain to win 2-1 thanks to a late Essien winner to make it three English teams in the last four. Completing the semi-final line-up were Milan who gained a memorable 2-0 win in Munich after having drawn 2-2 at home to Bayern.

Valencia v Chelsea/Bayern Munich v Milan

In the semi-finals, a late Rooney winner gave Manchester United a 3-2 lead over Milan going into the second leg, but they were well beaten 3-0 in Italy. In the all English semi-final both games between Chelsea and Liverpool finished 1-0 and the tie had to be settled by a penalty shootout which Liverpool won 4-1 to set up a repeat of the classic final of 2005

Milan v Manchester United/Liverpool v Chelsea

The Final saw Milan get revenge for their humiliating defeat two years earlier. In a much tighter Final, Inzaghi defected a Pirlo free kick into the net on the stroke of half-time and the same man pounced on 81 minutes to double Milans lead. Kuyt pulled one goal back in the last minute, but this time Milan held on and claimed their seventh European title.

2007 European Cup Final (Athens)
Milan 2 Liverpool 1
Dida, Maldini, Gattuso, Inzaghi (Gilardino), Seedorf (Favalli), Nesta, Jankulovski (Kaladze), Pirlo, Kaka, Ambrosini, Oddo
Scorers: Inzaghi (2)
Liverpool: Reina, Finnan (Arbeloa), Agger, Riise, Gerrard, Alonso, Pennant, Kuyt, Mascherano (Crouch), Carragher, Zenden (Kewell)
Scorer: Kuyt

You can find details of all the results, dates and scorers on the RSSSF website here.

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