Following Tuesday’s surprise defeat of Liverpool to Red Star Belgrade, we recall 5 of the most shocking losses for English clubs.
Spartak Moscow 4 – 1 Arsenal (November 2000)
A trip to Russia or Ukraine in sub-zero temperatures often proves a banana skin for any team.
That was exactly the case when the Gunners faced Spartak in November.
Sylvinho got the visitors off to a flying start with a goal in the 2nd minute but the Russian side fought back with goals from Marcao (2), Robson and Titov.
Maccabi Haifa 3-0 Manchester United – (October 2002)
United fans may say this one hardly counts with Sir Alex Ferguson resting some key players.
With qualification assured, the manager opted for rotation for the trip to Israel.
Still, the starting line-up included Ole Solskjaer, Paul Scholes, Rio Ferdinand, Gary and Phil Neville.
Second-choice goalkeeper, Ricardo, was most culpable after failing to deal with 2 long-range strikes and conceding a penalty.
Liverpool 0-1 AK Graz (August 2004)
Who can ever forget that famous night in Istanbul?
Most footballs fans remember the great escape that night but there were some others along the way.
The Reds’ struggles against Olympiakos were well documented but few will remember the loss to AK Graz.
Liverpool went into the 2nd leg against the Austrian side with a 2 goal buffer and were guilty of complacency.
Mario Tokic scored the opener for Graz in the second half and 1 more goal would have taken the game into extra time and a nervy finish for the Reds.
Copenhagen 1-0 Manchester United – (November 2006)
It was Copenhagen’s first time qualifying for the Champions League group stages and few would have given them a chance against the Red Devils.
Prior to the game, they were goalless and winless but that all changed thanks to a 2nd half strike by Marcus Allback.
United would go on to redeem themselves by topping the group in the end.
Chelsea 1-2 Basel – (September 2013)
Jose Mourinho’s side were expected to romp home against the Swiss team at Stamford Bridge.
Oscar opened the scoring for the hosts and everything seemed on track for a home victory until Basel’s equaliser – Mohamed Salah announced himself as he curled his shot past Petr Cech.
Marco Streller then gave Basel a shock lead when he headed home from a corner.
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