On this day in 2007, Manchester United defeated Roma 7-1.
Goals from Michael Carrick, Alan Smith, Wayne Rooney, Cristiano Ronaldo and Patrice Evra guaranteed United’s progression into the last four of the Champions League, having been behind in the first leg.
Whilst a mesmerising scoreline, it is actually not that rare to see so many goals scored in a Champions League game. This season along saw Roma collapse to the same result - at home to Bayern Munich - whilst the European Cup has a history of producing ties with a wealth of goals.
To celebrate United’s achievement, we take a look at five other high scoring ties in the history of the European Cup.
Leeds United 10-0 Lyn Oslo
Surprisinly, not too rare a scoreline back in the 1960’s European Cup, with Champions of every nation entered in at the first round. Obviously Leeds went in as favourites for their first round tie with Oslo, and did not disappoint at Elland Road, with Mick Jones netting a hat-trick, and Allan Clarke, Johnny Giles and Billy Bremner all registering doubles.
Liverpool 10-1 OPS Oulu
Held at Anfield, the Reds dished out a 10 goal thrashing to overcome a 1-1 scoreline with OPS Oulu from Finland in 1980. Graeme Souness and Terry McDermott both netted hat-tricks on the way to Liverpool winning their third title in the Final against Real Madrid.
Tottenham Hotspur 8-1 Gornik Zabrze
Goals from Danny Blanchflower, Cliff Jones, Bobby Smith, Terry Dyson and John White saw Spurs overcome Poland’s Zabrze in the first round on the 1961 edition. Bill Nicholson’s men eventually reached the semi-final, losing to eventual champions Benfica by a 4-3 scoreline.
Celtic 9-0 - KPV Kokkola
A game which started the Bhoys 1970-71 tournament, they secured an aggregate 14-0 win over Finland’s KPV by winning the first-leg at Celtic Park 9-0. They had lost in the final the previous season, and their defeat in the quarter final to Ajax - the eventual champions - signalled the start of Dutch domination of Europe.
Real Madrid 7-3 Eintracht Frankfurt
Arguably the greatest Final played by the greatest side the European Cup has ever seen, Madrid defeated Frankfurt 7-3 in 1960 at Hampden Park in Scotland. Alfredo Di Stefano scored three and Ferenc Puskas scored four, and it remains to this day the highest scoring final across the European Cup and Champions League tournament.