British golf equipment have had immense success in Europe, particularly because the Premier League money cow got here into existence, however that doesn’t imply they’re free from embarrassment.
Certainly, most, if not all golf equipment have had some absolute shockers within the Champions League, Europa League and its numerous predecessors.
Soccer FanCast takes a have a look at 10 British golf equipment’ most embarrassing defeats on the European stage.
Gunners battered by Bayern – twice
Arsenal 1-5 Bayern Munich, 2017
We might have a high 10 only for Arsenal, however we thought this one was notably embarrassing. The Bayern Munich vs. Arsenal Champions League tie in 2017 was fairly dangerous for the Gunners. The primary match, held on the Allianz Area, ended with a convincing 5-1 victory for Bayern Munich.
Arsenal went into the break degree because of an Alexis Sanchez penalty, however the Gunners fell aside after Laurent Koscielny went off injured early within the second half. Objectives from Robert Lewandowski, Thiago (2) and Thomas Muller accomplished an embarrassing rout.
The second leg was virtually a carbon copy, as after Theo Walcott put Arsenal forward on the night time, their hopes have been quickly dashed as Bayern responded with a ruthlessly dominant efficiency. The turning level occurred within the 53rd minute when Koscielny acquired a crimson card, lowering the Gunners to 10 males. It doesn’t matter who you’re, in case you go down to 10 males towards Bayern, it isn’t going to be fairly.
Bayern Munich’s relentless attacking prowess noticed targets from Lewandowski, Arjen Robben, Douglas Costa and an Arturo Vidal double. The ultimate combination rating of 10-2 mirrored the huge distinction between the 2 golf equipment, and it might have been higher.
Celtic humiliated in Slovakian thumping
Artmedia Bratislava 5-0 Celtic, 2005
Celtic are the one Scottish membership to have received a European Cup, however this was a stark fall from grace. In Gordon Strachan’s managerial debut for Celtic, the group suffered a humiliating defeat towards Artmedia Bratislava within the Champions League second qualifying spherical. Juraj Halenar opened the scoring with a tap-in, giving Artmedia a 1-0 lead at half-time.
Blazej Vascak doubled the lead after the break, and Halenar added a thunderous volley, securing a 3-0 benefit. Martin Mikulic scored a fourth, and Halenar accomplished his hat-trick with a low drive in damage time, leading to a stunning 5-0 loss for Celtic.
The defeat all however confirmed Celtic’s elimination from European competitors, as losers within the second qualifying spherical didn’t drop into the UEFA Cup.
Agonisingly, the Hoops would fall simply wanting a miraculous comeback after profitable 4-0 at Celtic Park. The harm was already achieved.
Chelsea blow first-leg lead towards minnows Viking
Viking 4-2 Chelsea, 2002
Who says Chelsea don’t have any European historical past earlier than Roman Abramovich? The season earlier than the Russian oligarch took over, Chelsea have been enjoying within the UEFA Cup, now the Europa League, and getting humbled by Norwegian facet Viking.
We might have included video games from both of the 2 earlier years as Chelsea’s most embarrassing outcomes – a 2-1 combination loss towards Swiss facet St Gallen in 2000 and a 3-1 combination loss towards Hapoel Tel Aviv in 2001 – however we went with this one as a result of earlier than this recreation, Chelsea have been within the driving seat.
The Blues received the primary recreation 2-1, however they began this one poorly, conceding within the first within the ninth minute earlier than going 2-0 down. Frank Lampard bought one again within the forty fifth minute, just for Viking to attain their third within the sixtieth.
John Terry headed dwelling simply two minutes later and the nerves appeared to settle amongst the followers, all they wanted to do was see it out. Sadly for the Chelsea devoted, the lads on the pitch couldn’t do it, and within the 87th minute, their destiny was sealed by Erik Nevland.
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Atalanta give Everton the blues amid sorry show
Everton 1-5 Atalanta, 2017
Atalanta are one of many best-run golf equipment in Europe, with an proprietor who understands that you just don’t have to spend huge cash to achieve success and a supervisor who has an incredible tactical understanding, capable of get one of the best out of the gamers at his disposal. Everton, then again, will not be.
From the outset of their 2017 Europa League recreation, Atalanta have been far an excessive amount of for Everton to deal with, overwhelming the English membership’s defence. Bryan Cristante opened the scoring after simply 12 minutes, and it stayed that manner up till the 63rd minute when he scored his second.
Forgotten Everton ahead Sandro Ramirez then scored to make it 2-1, however what adopted was an entire and utter collapse. Three targets from the Italian facet in simply eight minutes highlighted how far off the tempo Everton have been that season. Robin Gosens bagged one, and Andreas Cornelius bought two.
It might have been very embarrassing for Everton, however the match turned a memorable chapter in Atalanta’s latest European campaigns, underlining their potential as a formidable pressure in continental competitors.
In distinction, Everton have confronted challenges that even probably the most pessimistic fan couldn’t have predicted.
FC Porto 5-0 Leicester Metropolis, 2016
Discuss getting knocked down a peg. Leicester had simply accomplished their miraculous Premier League triumph and have been enjoying within the Champions League for the primary time of their historical past.
To be honest to Leicester Metropolis, by the point this recreation happened, that they had already progressed to the spherical of 16 as group winners; Porto simply needed to present them what actual European heritage is. Andre Silva opened the scoring after six minutes earlier than Jesus Manuel Corona bought their second within the twenty sixth. Yacine Brahimi scored their third simply earlier than half-time.
Silva then scored his second from the spot earlier than Diogo Jota rounded off the scoring. There was some excellent news for Leicester, although, as Danny Drinkwater drew degree with Diego Maradona for European Cup/Champions League appearances. You’ve bought to take the tough with the sleek generally.
Napoli destroy Liverpool in assertion victory
Napoli 4-1 Liverpool, 2022
Liverpool have had immense success in Europe. They’ve received the Champions League a whopping six instances – three greater than rivals Manchester United. Pedigree doesn’t win you video games, although, and in 2022, Napoli battered Liverpool.
Jurgen Klopp’s males have been enjoying such a excessive line, it seemed like Napoli have been going to attain each time that they had the ball. Ultimately, they opened the scoring from the spot, as James Milner’s outstretched arm caught the ball. Piotr Zielinski transformed, and the floodgates opened.
Simply seven minutes later, Napoli have been awarded one other penalty, however this time Alisson saved Victor Osimhen’s tame effort. Even after that, the Italian facet saved coming at Liverpool and finally doubled their lead because of Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa getting on the tip of a textbook one-two. Giovanni Simeone then made it 3-0 simply earlier than half-time with a tap-in.
Zielinski bought his second after latching on to a unfastened ball following Alisson’s save to make it a rout. Luis Diaz bought one again, but it surely was nothing greater than a comfort. Liverpool have been extremely fortunate that it was solely 4-1. There haven’t been many video games the place they’ve been so completely overwhelmed.
Man Metropolis crumble on European journey
Lech Poznan 3-1 Man Metropolis, 2010
It’s virtually inconceivable to think about Manchester Metropolis shedding to a membership like Lech Poznan now; a billion kilos and Pep Guardiola would inevitably give them an higher hand. In 2010/11, they have been nonetheless discovering their ft as an elite European facet, and Lech Poznan made them look just a little silly.
Metropolis began on the entrance foot however have been pegged again by Lech Poznan on the half-hour mark because of Dimitrije Injac’s strike from distance. Emmanuel Adebayor then equalised, and a draw appeared all however inevitable till the 86th minute.
Manuel Arboleda nodded dwelling and Mateusz scored a superb aim to make it 3-1. The ultimate whistle blew, and Roberto Mancini seemed livid. The house followers then did their well-known celebration, turning away from the pitch and leaping in unison – a transfer that Metropolis would later steal.
Manchester Metropolis have had just a few dodgy outcomes since then, primarily because of Guardiola’s overthinking. However having lastly bought their fingers on a Champions League trophy final season, it’s not all dangerous within the blue half of Manchester.
Busby’s boys battered in Lisbon
Sporting CP 5-0 Man United, 1964
It’s honest to say Manchester United haven’t been good in Europe since Sir Alex Ferguson retired, however this one precedes even the good Scotsman. Again in March of 1964, Sporting CP proved to be an excessive amount of for the Purple Devils and their ‘holy trinity’ on this Cup Winners’ Cup tie.
Supervisor Sir Matt Busby was no slouch, he demanded every one in all his gamers give every thing that they had on the pitch, particularly George Finest, Denis Legislation and Sir Bobby Charlton, the three gamers that might go on to have their statues constructed outdoors Outdated Trafford. On this present day although, they have been powerless.
Sporting opened the scoring early because of a 2nd minute penalty, scored by Brazilian midfielder Osvaldo da Silva. Da Silva would go on to attain a hat-trick, whereas Geo Carvalho and Joao Morais bought the opposite two. The sport was achieved by the 51st minute.
Rangers hunch to shock qualifying exit
Kaunas 2-1 Rangers, 2008
Domestically, there is no such thing as a larger membership in Scotland than Rangers. They’ve received an unbelievable 55 Scottish Premiership titles, however they’ve by no means actually delivered in Europe. This was meant to be a routine recreation, however following a goalless attract Glasgow, Lithuanian outfit Kaunas secured a late Champions League qualifying victory over Rangers, eliminating the Ibrox facet from European competitors.
Kevin Thomson initially put Rangers forward within the thirty third minute, however Nerijus Radzius equalised simply earlier than half-time. Within the 86th minute, Linas Pilibaitis’s header sealed a shock victory for Kaunas to remove the Gers, who had solely simply been UEFA Cup finalists.
Shambolic Spurs undergo second-leg collapse
Dinamo Zagreb 3-0 Spurs, 2021
Jose Mourinho’s time as Tottenham Hotspur supervisor was dangerous for everybody concerned. The gamers appeared to lack any type of course, the followers hated the model of soccer, and Mourinho was virtually embarrassed to be there. Daniel Levy seemed to be the one one that thought bringing the ex-Chelsea coach in was a good suggestion.
Spurs have been 2-0 up after the primary leg and got here into this one with a degree to show, following a disappointing north London derby defeat within the match earlier than. They only by no means bought going, and even for a Mourinho facet, there was an unbelievable lack of attacking creativity.
Mislav Oršić emerged because the hero for Dinamo Zagreb, scoring a sensational hat-trick. His targets within the 62nd and 82nd-minute targets took the sport to extra-time, the place his 106th-minute strike knocked the stuffing out of Spurs, and Dinamo Zagreb secured a well-known victory.
Dinamo Zagreb’s triumph marked a historic second for the membership, advancing to the quarter-finals on the expense of a Premier League facet. Conversely, it was a disappointing flip of occasions for Tottenham, however as Giorgio Chiellini so succinctly put it, “it’s the historical past of the Tottenham.”
As European soccer turns into increasingly closed-off to lesser groups, these video games could turn out to be much less possible. For now, simply experience the truth that generally the massive boys simply cannot hack it.