Eight memorable Real Madrid clashes with British clubs

Thierry Henry’s Bernabeu masterclass, THAT Gareth Bale goal, Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres running riot – and Fergie’s shock triumph with Aberdeen! Eight memorable Real Madrid clashes with British clubs as they face Man City tonight

  • Real Madrid take on Man City with a place in the Champions League final at stake
  • Carlo Ancelotti’s side beat Chelsea in the quarter-finals earlier this month 
  • Liverpool, Man Utd, Celtic and Arsenal have all faced Madrid in big matches 
  • Gareth Bale’s sensational overhead-kick in the 2018 UCL final stands out 
  • Sportsmail takes a look at eight clashes between British clubs and Los Blancos 

Manchester City’s quarter-final triumph against Atletico Madrid took dogged determination the like of which this all-conquering Pep Guardiola side usually doesn’t require. 

Now in the semi-finals targeting successive Champions League final appearances, they take on 13-time European champions Real – a team they beat 4-2 on aggregate in the last-16 stage two years ago. 

Yet Los Blancos have been in this position before, taking on opposition from these shores with the stakes high. Sportsmail takes a look at eight memorable clashes between Real Madrid and British clubs down the years.  

Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City take on Real Madrid in the Champions League semis tonight


Real, spearheaded by Karim Benzema and Luka Modric, have had big ties against Brits before

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Real Madrid 3-1 Liverpool, May 2018

Real took on Jurgen Klopp’s Reds in the Champions League final in Kiev, memorable for the actions of two players in particular. 

First, Gareth Bale scored one of the great European final goals with a stunning overhead kick to put the Spaniards 2-1 up just minutes after stepping off the bench in the second half.

Bale scored again to seal Real a record-extending 13th title, their third in a row and fourth in five seasons. 

But that goal, as well as Madrid’s first from Benzema, were down to Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius making two cataclysmic errors. He has not played under Klopp in a competitive game since. 

Gareth Bale scored one of the all-time great Champions League final goals against Liverpool 

The match is also memorable for two costly errors from Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius 

Liverpool 4-0 Real Madrid, March 2009

Former Atletico Madrid striker Fernando Torres tormented his old rivals with a man-of-the-match display and Steven Gerrard scored twice as Rafael Benitez’s Liverpool ran riot against the Galacticos to reach the Champions League quarter-finals on a memorable night at Anfield. 

Torres opened the scoring before Gerrard scored from the spot, and again brilliantly on the half-volley. Andrea Dossena – remember him? – even got in on the act late on too.  

Madrid’s 5-0 aggregate defeat was one of their biggest in Europe, but Liverpool went on to lose to Chelsea at the quarter-final stage next up.

Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres had one of their finest nights against Real back in 2009 

Real Madrid 0-1 Arsenal, February 2006  

Thierry Henry’s brilliant solo goal secured Arsenal’s biggest win in European football, on a night to remember for the Gunners in which the Frenchman oozed class and panache on a pitch full of world stars. 

Arsenal became the first English club to win at the Bernabeu and did so against the likes of Zinedine Zidane, Ronaldo and David Beckham. 

A 0-0 draw at Highbury in the return sent the Gunners through to the Champions League’s last eight, but they went on to lose to Barcelona in the final.

But that night in Madrid will always be an everlasting memory.  

Thierry Henry stole the show against Madrid in 2006 as Arsenal won 1-0 at the Bernabeu 

The Frenchman scored the only goal of the game, beating a few defenders before a low finish

Henry was the standout player on a pitch with world stars present, such as Brazil’s Ronaldo (L)

Man Utd 4-3 Real Madrid, 2003 

In this quarter-final second-leg, United needed to overhaul a two-goal deficit from the first-leg in Madrid – but this clash at Old Trafford had everything. 

Ronaldo scored a mesmeric hat-trick to give Real mammoths of breathing space, his third goal in particular showing why he was still one of the best strikers in the world a year after his World Cup heroics. 

But, having been dropped to the bench amid speculation over his future, David Beckham came on and scored twice, including a trademark free-kick. 

It wasn’t enough for United to progress, falling two goals short on aggregate, but his suitors were impressed enough for a deal to be secured that summer as Beckham left United for Madrid.  

Ronaldo scored a hat-trick for Madrid at Old Trafford as they progressed past Man United 

David Beckham came on and scored twice against a team he would then join that summer 

Aberdeen 2-1 Real Madrid, May 1983

Under Alex Ferguson, Aberdeen became the third Scottish club to win a European trophy when they upset Real in the Cup Winners’ Cup final in Gothenburg.

John Hewitt struck the winner in extra time to seal one of the Dons’ greatest triumphs after John Black’s early opener had been cancelled out by Juanito’s penalty.

It was arguably Fergie’s greatest triumph at the Scottish club and took place three years before his move to United which changed the Red Devils forever.  

Alex Ferguson’s (L) Aberdeen stunned Real to win the European Cup Winners Cup in 1983 

Liverpool 1-0 Real Madrid, May 1981

The European Cup remained in England for a fifth successive season after Alan Kennedy’s solitary late goal storming down the left and into the penalty area, before a rasping shot into the net. 

The triumph at the Parc des Princes in Paris ensured Liverpool became champions of Europe for a third time.

Bob Paisley became the first manager to win a hat-trick of trophies in the competition with one club.

Liverpool claimed their third European Cup as they beat Madrid in Paris with a late goal 

Ipswich 1-0 Real Madrid, September 1973

Bobby Robson’s Ipswich ambushed the mighty Real in the first round of the UEFA Cup thanks to a deflected Mick Mills shot. 

The Tractor Boys were just the third English side to beat Los Blancos and they progressed after a 0-0 draw at the Bernabeu in the return leg. 

Ipswich went on to lose on penalties to Lokomotiv Leipzig in the last eight.

Bobby Robson’s Ipswich ambushed the mighty Real in the first round of the 1973 UEFA Cup

Real Madrid 0-1 Celtic, June 1967

Two weeks after becoming the first British club to win the European Cup by defeating Inter Milan in Lisbon, Celtic travelled to the Bernabeu for one of Real’s all-time greats Alfredo Di Stefano’s testimonial match. 

Jimmy Johnstone stole the show with a superb display and Bobby Lennox’s second-half goal clinched Celtic victory.

Two weeks after beating Inter Milan in Lisbon (above), Celtic beat Madrid at the Bernabeu




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