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Season 2007-08


2008 EUROPEAN CUP FINAL


In qualifying the likes of Benfica, Valencia, Lazio, Sevilla, Liverpool, Arsenal, Dynamo Kiev, Werder Bremen and Shakhtar Donetsk all went safely through, but Ajax and Anderlecht were knocked out by Slavia Prague and Fenerbahce respectively.


Sparta Prague v Arsenal/Liverpool v Toulouse


At the start of their group stage, Liverpool seemed to be suffering a hangover after losing the Final a few months earlier as they failed to win any of their opening three games, but they recovered spectacularly beating Besiktas 8-0.Porto 4-1 and Marseille 4-0 to claim second place behind Porto whose only defeat had come at Anfield.


Besiktas v Liverpool/Liverpool v Porto


When Chelsea only drew at home to Rosenborg in their opening Group B game, manager Jose Mourinho was dismissed, but this did not have any detrimental effect on the team as they finished top of the group without any defeats. A final day win over Rosenborg saw Schalke 04 claim the runners-up spot with Valencia finishing fourth.


Chelsea v Schalke 04/Rosenborg v Schalke 04


1967 European Cup Winners Celtic won all three of their home group games including a famous victory against reigning champions Milan and this was enough for them to qualify. A draw away to Benfica was the only other game that Milan failed to win and they finished top of the group


Celtic v Milan/Benfica v Milan


Thanks to wins away to Werder Bremen and Lazio, Olympiakos went into their final group game knowing that three points would see them qualify for the next round. An impressive 3-0 win over Werder was enough to claim second place behind Real Madrid who also qualified on the final matchday thanks to a 3-1 win against Lazio


Real Madrid v Olympiakos/Olympiakos v Werder Bremen


Ranges began their Group E campaign in impressive style with a home win over Stuttgart and a 3-0 win away to Lyon, but the French side hit back with two wins over Stuttgart and a point away to Barcelona, and a 3-0 win in Glasgow on Matchday 6 saw Lyon qualify behind the unbeaten Barcelona


Lyon v Rangers/Rangers v Lyon


Manchester United won their first five group games to qualify comfortably ahead of Roma who finished well clear of Sporting Lisbon and Dynamo Kiev.


Manchester United v Roma/Roma v Dynamo Kiev


On the opening matchday, Fenerbahce beat Internazionale 1-0 to record the first of three home wins which, along with draws in Eindhoven and Moscow, saw them qualify for the knockout stage behind Inter who won their remaining five games to top Group G.


Fenerbahce v Internazionale


Arsenal opened their group with a 3-0 win over Sevilla and wins in their next two games, including a 7-0 thrashing of Slavia Prague, set them on course to qualify comfortably, but they would have to settle for second place behind Sevilla who won all five of their remaining matches to finish as group winners.


Arsenal v Slavia Prague/Sevilla v Arsenal


Holders Milan gained a creditable goalless draw in the second round away to Arsenal, but two late goals in the return saw them knocked out by the young side from London. Another London team through to the quarter-finals were Chelsea after drawing away to Olympiakos and then winning 3-0 at home.


Milan v Arsenal/Chelsea v Olympiakos


In fact, all four English teams made it through to the quarter-finals. Manchester United beat Lyon 2-1 on aggregate, while Liverpool comfortably despatched Internazionale with 2-0 and 1-0 wins. Scottish side Celtic, however, did go out despite two exciting games against Barcelona which saw them eliminated by four goals to two over the two legs.


Liverpool v Internazionale/Celtic v Barcelona


Two of the second round ties went to penalty shootouts. After two games that had finished 3-2, Fenerbahce beat Sevilla 3-2 on penalties. After both sides had won their home game 1-0, Schalke beat Porto 4-1 in a shootout. Meanwhile Real Madrid lost both of their games 2-1 to Roma and went out 4-2 on aggregate.


Real Madrid v Roma


In the Quarter-Finals Manchester United eased past Roma 3-0 on aggregate while Chelsea came from behind to knock out Fenerbahce. One English team had to go out, however, and it was Arsenal who were eliminated after a thrilling tie against Liverpool. The fourth team to progress were Barcelona who knocked out Schalke 2-0 on aggregate.


Manchester United v Roma/Liverpool v Arsenal


A dramatic semi-final saw Chelsea edge out Liverpool 4-2 on aggregate. Manchester United made it an all English final with a 1-0 win over Barcelona following a 0-0 draw in Spain.


Chelsea v Liverpool/ Manchester united v Barcelona


in the first ever European Cup Final between two English clubs, Manchester Uniteds early dominance was rewarded when Cristiano Ronaldo gave them the lead, but Chelsea equalised on the stroke of half time through Frank Lampard and there was no further scoring. in the penalty shootout Ronaldo failed to score from the spot which left Chelsea captain John Terry with the chance to win the trophy. However, Terry slipped and missed, and when Anelka also missed from the spot, Manchester United were European champions for the third time.

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