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Top 5 UEFA Champions League upsets – GIVEMESPORT

The UEFA Champions League is regarded as one of the most coveted competitions in football, but what are the top 5 UEFA Champions League upsets in the history of the iconic tournament?
To see one of the giants lose to an unknown team can be one of the biggest shocks and propel a team into the headlines, and we’ve seen it happen more than a handful of times.
Some absolute goliaths of world football have taken an unexpected L in the biggest tournament in club football, including Real Madrid, Barcelona, Manchester United and AC Milan, and we’ll be looking at some of those in this article!
Here are our picks for the top 5 UEFA Champions League upsets in the history of the greatest tournament in club football, including Man United and Real Madrid.
Real Madrid may have won the UEFA Champions League in the previous season by beating Liverpool, but their campaign in the 2021/2022 season got off to a rocky start when they came up against an unknown opponent, Sheriff, who was making their UEFA Champions League debut. 
The match took place on Tuesday, September 28th 2021, and would see Sheriff cause an unreal upset by taking the tie 2-1.
The Moldovans would shock Los Blancos when Sebastien Thill scored a late winner in the 90th minute at the Bernabeu.
It was an unbelievable win for the underdog team, and that’s why it ranks fifth on our list of the top 5 UEFA Champions League upsets!
Celtic welcomed the reigning European Champions Barcelona to Celtic Park back in the 2011/2012 season.
Despite only recording 16% possession, Celtic were able to take three points away from the Catalan giants, with goals coming from Victor Wanayama and Tony Watt. 
Lionel Messi did get a goal back for Barcelona, but it was too late as a shocked Neill Lennon and Celtic fans were jubilant in victory after the final whistle.
It was an absolutely huge win for the Scottish side, and that is why it sits fourth on our list of the top 5 UEFA Champions League upsets!
Coming off a tough 2010/11 UEFA Champions League Final loss to Barcelona at Wembley, the new UCL season seemed to prove a tough one as the Red Devils would shock the world and not even make it through the group stages.
United would lose out in a group that consisted of Benfica, FC Basel and Otelul Galati. 
The final nail in the coffin was when they travelled to Switzerland in a must-win game against FC Basel.
Xherdan Shaqiri would prove to be the danger man for Basel, contributing to both goals that would finish Manchester United. Phil Jones would get a goal back, but it was too little too late for United. 
The 2003/04 season had plenty of surprises as FC Porto lifted the Champions League trophy defeating the likes of Manchester United on the way.
However, one of the biggest shocks in this campaign was the game between AS Monaco and Real Madrid. 
Los Blancos were positioned as one of the favourites with their team of galacticos, featuring the likes of David Beckham, Luis Figo, Raul, Ronaldo, Zidane and more. 
In the first leg against Monaco, they defeated the French side 4-2 in the first leg and looked for sure to advance. 
What Madrid didn’t expect was that in the second leg, one of their loaned-out players would come to haunt them as Spanish forward Fernando Morientes would be pivotal in the shock 3-1 victory which saw Monaco advance to the semi-finals.
The reigning European Champions AC Milan looked dominant in the 03/04 campaign with them picking up a 4-1 first-leg win in Spain against Deportivo and looked sure to advance in the tournament after goals from Kaka, Shevchenko and Pirlo gave them a huge advantage.
However, what the Italian giants didn’t expect, was what occurred when they hosted the Spanish side at the San Siro. 
Deportivo would take a surging 3-0 lead in the first half with goals coming from Pandiani, Valeron and Luque to level up the tie. 
The Spanish side would continue to apply the pressure and would find the winner in the 76th minute courtesy of Fran in what was a miracle moment in Spain, and that’s why it lands at number 1 in our top 5 UEFA Champions League upsets!
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