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UCL #ThrowBack: What Happened The Last Time We Had An All English Champions League Final (Photos)

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English Premier League side, Tottenham Hotspur, on Wednesday defeated Ajax, 3-2 in the second leg of the UEFA Champions League semi-final, Naija News reports.

A goal from Donny Van De Beek had given Ajax an edge over Spur in the first leg of the semi-final at Tottenham’s stadium.

Three goals from Lucas Moura gave the English side a victory over Ajax, as goals from M. de Ligt and H. Ziyech were not enough to get them to the final of the tournament.

Tottenham will now join Liverpool to set up an all English UEFA Champions League final on June 1 after the Reds defeated Barcelona 4-0 on Tuesday at Anfield.

Naija News recalls that the last time two English Premier League side faced in the final of the competition was in 2008 when Manchester United defeated Chelsea at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow in 2008.

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL, MOSCOW. PIC ANDY HOOPER
Wednesday 21st May 2008. Chelsea v Manchester United at Luzhniki Stadium Chelsea’s Drogba RED CARDED.

It had been a good year for English sides in Europe with Liverpool being knocked out by Chelsea in the quarter-finals and Arsenal ousted by Man Utd in the semis.

Chelsea beat Barcelona in the final four to set up the clash with the Red Devils, but it was United that triumphed in Russia.

The game finished 1-1 after Frank Lampard cancelled out a Cristiano Ronaldo opener to take the game to extra-time and later penalties.

Ronaldo missed from the spot for United, but then John Terry had his infamous slip to miss his before Nicolas Anelka also flopped from 12 yards to see Sir Alex Ferguson’s team lift the trophy.

This was the only time in the history of the Champions League or its former guise of the European Cup that two English sides have met in the final.



Ogbolu George is a graduate of Mass Communication from the University of Benin. He loves politics, is a movie addict and a die-hard Arsenal fan. George is a Senior Content Creator at Naija News.