Seven best last-gasp Champions League goals ever after Ronaldo's Villarreal heroics, including Solskjaer and Gerrard
CRISTIANO RONALDO’s last-gasp heroics against Villarreal gave Manchester United their first Champions League win of the season.
The Portuguese ace scored United’s latest-ever European goal as his 95th minute effort secured a 2-1 comeback victory at Old Trafford.
But Ronnie isn’t the first footballer to net a dramatic late effort in the competition.
Here, SunSport reveals seven of the best last-gasp goals in Champions League history.
LIVERPOOL vs Olympiacos, 86’ – 2004
Rafa Benitez may have led his Reds to Champions League glory in the 04/05 season.
But they were just four minutes away from crashing out of the group stage to Greek side Olympiacos at Anfield.
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Having conceded to a first-half effort from Rivaldo, Liverpool needed to score THREE times to progress.
Neil Mellor’s 80th minute effort saw the Reds go 2-1 ahead, setting up a tantalisingly close finish.
And it was captain fantastic Steven Gerrard who stepped up to the plate as he fired home a rocket from outside the area in the 86th minute.
Gerrard has since hailed the strike as his most important in front of the Kop, with Liverpool going on to secure the trophy in that famous Istanbul final against AC Milan.
Chelsea vs BARCELONA, 93’ – 2009
Having played out a 0-0 draw at Barcelona in the first leg of their semi-final, Guus Hiddink’s Chelsea were in confident mood at Stamford Bridge.
The Blues raced into a ninth minute lead thanks to an absolute cracker from Michael Essien.
And they proceeded to put on a defensive masterclass to keep Barca at bay.
That was despite referee Tom Henning Ovrebo doing his best to help Pep Guardiola’s side, denying Chelsea four clear penalties to go further ahead.
And inevitable disaster struck with the final kick of added time as Andreas Iniesta lashed home a worldie for 1-1, sending Barcelona to the final on away goals.
It meant Chelsea were denied the chance of revenge against Man Utd, with Barca beating Sir Alex Ferguson’s side 2-0 in Rome to lift the trophy.
And ref Ovrebo even admitted in 2019 to making several high-profile errors which allowed Barcelona to stay in the game at the Bridge.
MAN UTD vs Bayern Munich, 91’ – 1999
Rewind ten years to one of the greatest games in history.
Fergie’s Red Devils were 1-0 down in the Champions League final to Bayern, who led after a sixth minute strike from Mario Basler.
United had just swept up a Premier League and FA Cup domestic double, with the latter coming only four days earlier.
As tired legs kicked in, Sir Alex turned to his bench to introduce Teddy Sheringham with just over 20 minutes remaining.
And the former England international poked the ball home in the 91st minute after a corner produced a goal-mouth scramble.
Sheringham’s equaliser sent the United fans into a frenzy as they realised the game was going to extra time.
But the best was yet to come…
OLE GUNNAR SOLSKJAER
MAN UTD vs Bayern Munich, 93’ – 1999
Who can forget that Ferguson made an even later second sub against Bayern?
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, now manager of United, replaced Andy Cole in the 81st minute.
The Red Devils were suddenly energised following Sheringham’s 91st minute leveller.
And hungry for more, they won a corner just moments after Bayern restarted the game.
Another peach from David Beckham sailed in, and Sheringham made contact as he nodded the ball down.
But amid the panic, Solskjaer remained ice-cool as he reacted quickest to score with 93 minutes on the clock.
And in the blink of an eye, more history was made at Barcelona’s Nou Camp.
BARCELONA vs Paris Saint-Germain, 95’ – 2017
In perhaps an omen of things to come, Barcelona were humiliated 4-0 at PSG in the first leg of their last-16 clash.
But even four years ago, the Spaniards were still a force to be reckoned with.
3-1 up in the second home leg and with just minutes remaining, Neymar fired in an 88th minute strike to make it 4-5 on aggregate.
The Brazilian then netted a dramatic equaliser in the 91st minute to take the roof off the Nou Camp.
But in the dying seconds, Sergi Roberto delivered a sucker punch as his 95th minute effort saw Barca win 6-1 on the night, and 6-5 on aggregate.
However, their joy was short-lived as they were beaten 3-0 by Juventus in the next stage, with the Italians going on to lose the final against Real Madrid.
Ajax vs TOTTENHAM, 96’ – 2019
Spurs’ greatest moment under Mauricio Pochettino came in Amsterdam just over two years ago.
An impressive Ajax side featuring young superstars like Frenkie De Jong and Matthijs de Ligt won the first leg of their semi-final in London 1-0.
The Dutch outfit then scored two first-half goals at home to lead 3-0 on aggregate.
But Brazilian forward Lucas Moura had other plans.
He netted two goals in four second-half minutes to bring Spurs back into the game.
And as the game was about to draw to a close, Lucas made one last play in the 96th minute.
A long ball saw Dele Alli make a clever flick round the Ajax defence, with Lucas running onto it before completing the most dramatic hat-trick ever.
The celebrations lasted weeks, but Tottenham were unable to ride the wave much longer as they were beaten by Liverpool in the final.
Bayern Munich vs CHELSEA, 88’ – 2012
A backs-to-the-wall performance at Barcelona saw Chelsea reach their second Champions League final.
Unfortunately for interim boss Roberto Di Matteo, he was to play in-form giants Bayern Munich at their own Allianz Arena.
And to make matters worse, Chelsea had to make do without several key players including captain John Terry.
The Blues put in a resilient performance to keep the score at 0-0.
But fans’ worst fears were realised when Thomas Muller put Bayern 1-0 up in the 83rd minute.
Looking for a source of inspiration, Chelsea supporters urged their side on in the hopes of finding a dramatic equaliser.
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And none other than Didier Drogba, playing in the final game of his first Blues spell, answered their prayers.
In the 88th minute, Juan Mata swept in a corner which was met by Drogba and headed past Manuel Neuer.
The equaliser saw the game go to extra time and penalties, with the Ivorian then netting the decisive spot-kick to seal Chelsea’s first-ever Champions League triumph.
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