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Ten of the best performances by London sides in European competition

The UEFA Champions League Trophy on the pitch. Picture: Mike Egerton/EMPICS The UEFA Champions League Trophy on the pitch. Picture: Mike Egerton/EMPICS

Tuesday, November 6, 2012
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A selection of London sides’ best performances in Europe

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With another week of European action upon us, London24 takes a look at some of the best performances London clubs have produced in continental competitions.

Arsenal and Chelsea have been playing in the Champions League for most of this century but there have been some other fantastic performances from other London clubs.

The Gunners have got a difficult trip to Germany to face Schalke tonight after losing 2-0 at the Emirates.

While Chelsea are taking on Shakhtar Donetsk at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday, aiming to bounce back from their 2-1 defeat to them two weeks ago.

Chelsea's John Terry (centre) and Frank Lampard (centre right) lift the UEFA Champions League trophy after the final whistle. Picture: Owen Humphreys/PA WireChelsea's John Terry (centre) and Frank Lampard (centre right) lift the UEFA Champions League trophy after the final whistle. Picture: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

From Chelsea’s remarkable Champions League triumph last season, to stunning fightbacks from Fulham against Juventus, London clubs have shown how good they can be in European competition.

Arsenal's Thierry Henry celebrates scoring the opening goal of the game. Picture: Adam Davy/EMPICSArsenal's Thierry Henry celebrates scoring the opening goal of the game. Picture: Adam Davy/EMPICS

Real Madrid 0 Arsenal 1 (2006)

Arsenal made history in 2006 when they became the first English team to beat Real Madrid in the Bernebeu.The Gunners were weakened going into the game and were brilliant in the opening half, where they really should have been comfortably clear.Thierry Henry scored the crucial goal and it was one of the north Londoner’s best in Europe, beating several players before firing past Iker Casillas.

Chelsea's Fernando Torres celebrates scoring his side's second goal. Picture: Stephen Pond/EMPICSChelsea's Fernando Torres celebrates scoring his side's second goal. Picture: Stephen Pond/EMPICS

Barcelona 2 Chelsea 2 (2012)

Chelsea led 1-0 after the first leg thanks to Didier Drogba’s strike but looked down and out after 44 minutes in the return at the Nou Camp.Gary Cahill limped off after 12 minutes and Sergio Busquets levelled the tie on aggregate. Captain John Terry was then sent off for kneeing Alexis Sanchez before Andres Iniesta put the Catalan side ahead on aggregate but Ramires levelled the tie again, with Chelsea having the vital away goal.Barcelona laid siege in the second half with Lionel Messi missing a penalty after Cesc Fabregas went down under pressure from Didier Drogba. But in the 90th minute the tie was settled as the Blues countered, Fernando Torres ran through to score.

Fulham's Clint Dempsey (centre) celebrates scoring their fourth goal with team mates Dickson Etuhu (right) and Paul Konchesky (left). Picture: Joe Giddens/EMPICSFulham's Clint Dempsey (centre) celebrates scoring their fourth goal with team mates Dickson Etuhu (right) and Paul Konchesky (left). Picture: Joe Giddens/EMPICS

Fulham 4 Juventus 1 (2010)

The Whites produced one of the most remarkable European turnarounds against the Italian giants Juventus. Leading 3-1 on aggregate, the Old Lady scored through David Trezeguet although Bobby Zamora levelled the scores on the night.The controversial moment came after 27 minutes as Fabio Cannavaro was harshly sent off for a professional foul.Zoltan Gera scored either side of half-time to level the tie before Clint Dempsey fired home a late winner as Jonathan Zebina was dismissed for violent conduct.

Tottenham Hotspur's Gareth Bale (left) and Inter Milan's Sisenando Maicon (right) battle for the ball. Picture: Adam Davy/EMPICSTottenham Hotspur's Gareth Bale (left) and Inter Milan's Sisenando Maicon (right) battle for the ball. Picture: Adam Davy/EMPICS

Tottenham 3 Inter Milan 1 (2011)

Tottenham produced a masterclass against Inter Milan with Gareth Bale making world class full back Maicon look inept.The Welshman, who scored a hat-trick in the 4-3 defeat at the San Siro, caused the Brazilian problems all night.Rafael Van der Vaart gave Spurs the leads before Peter Crouch made it two just after the hour mark.Samuel Eto’o pulled one back before Roman Pavlyuchenko sealed the win late on with Spurs fans singing ‘Taxi for Maicon’.

Arsenal's Thierry Henry celebrates his 2nd goal against Inter Milan with Ray Parlour as Arsenal beat Inter 5-1, during their UEFA Champions League Group B game at San Siro, Milan, Italy. Picture: Nick Potts/PA ArchiveArsenal's Thierry Henry celebrates his 2nd goal against Inter Milan with Ray Parlour as Arsenal beat Inter 5-1, during their UEFA Champions League Group B game at San Siro, Milan, Italy. Picture: Nick Potts/PA Archive

Inter Milan 1 Arsenal 5 (2002)

Arsenal scored three goals in the last 10 minutes to record a stunning victory in Italy.Thierry Henry gave the Gunners the lead before Christian Vieri’s deflected shot beat Jens Lehmann.Freddie Ljungberg restored the lead after half-time before the Gunners’ record goalscorer produced a marvellous solo strike to make it 3-1 with nine minutes of normal time remaining. Then, two goals in three minutes from Edu and Robert Pires wrapped up a sensational win for Arsenal at the San Siro.

Chelsea 1 VfB Stuttgart 0 (1998)

Chelsea goal-scorer Gianfranco Zola punches the air after receiving his winner's medal following Chelsea's 1-0 defeat of VfB Stuttgart, in tonight's (Wed) Cup Winner's Cup match in Stockholm. In the background is Daniel Granville edi/Photo/Adam Butler/PAChelsea goal-scorer Gianfranco Zola punches the air after receiving his winner's medal following Chelsea's 1-0 defeat of VfB Stuttgart, in tonight's (Wed) Cup Winner's Cup match in Stockholm. In the background is Daniel Granville edi/Photo/Adam Butler/PA

Chelsea’s last European title, before winning the Champions League, came under Gianluca Vialli in the Cup Winners Cup.The Blues had battled past the likes of Tromso, Real Betis and Vicenza to reach this stage and VfB Stuttgart stood in their way.It was fitting, though, that Chelsea legend, Gianfranco Zola, scored the winner 20 minutes from time.

Tottenham 5 Atletico Madrid 1 (1963)

Footballer Jimmy Greaves of Tottenham Hotspur. Picture: PAFootballer Jimmy Greaves of Tottenham Hotspur. Picture: PA

Tottenham lifted the European Cup Winners’ Cup after destroying Atletico Madrid in Rotterdam.Jimmy Greaves gave his side the lead before John White made it two. Enrique Collar pulled a goal back before Terry Dyson restored the two-goal lead.Greaves and Dyson scored again to compete the rout against a side that were defending the trophy.

Shaktar Donetsk 1 Fulham 1 (2010)

Brede Hangeland, Fulham. Picture: Anthony Devlin/PA ArchiveBrede Hangeland, Fulham. Picture: Anthony Devlin/PA Archive

Fulham had to produce a resolute defensive performance to keep defending champions Shakhtar out in Ukraine.The Whites, leading 2-1 after the first leg, took the lead through Brede Hangeland but Jadson levelled the tie on the night with 20 minutes left.The Ukrainian side threw everything at Fulham to try and force extra time but Roy Hodgson’s side held on to go marching on in the Europa League.

Arsenal 3 Anderlecht 0 (1970)

Jon Sammels, Arsenal. Picture: Peter Robinson/EMPICSJon Sammels, Arsenal. Picture: Peter Robinson/EMPICS

Arsenal were 3-1 down on aggregate in the final of the 1970 Fairs Cup final against Belgian side Anderlecht.Eddie Kelly gave the Gunners hope early in the game before John Radford levelled the tie.And Jon Sammels scored the winner in the second half to end a 17-year trophy drought.

Bayern Munich 1 Chelsea 1 (2012)

Didier Drogba celebrates his goal after his equalizer during the UEFA Champions League Final at the Allianz Arena, Munich, Germany. Picture: Owen Humpreys/PA WireDidier Drogba celebrates his goal after his equalizer during the UEFA Champions League Final at the Allianz Arena, Munich, Germany. Picture: Owen Humpreys/PA Wire

A game that had the script virtually written by Didier Drogba as the Ivory Coast striker strode off into the sunset. His last act as a Chelsea player was to score the winning penalty against Bayern Munich and seal the Blues’ first Champions League title.Thomas Mueller had given the German side the lead after 83 minutes. Drogba headed home with two minutes of normal time remaining but the striker gave away a penalty yet Arjen Robben saw his effort saved by Petr Cech.The match went to penalties and Juan Mata missed before Cech saved from Ivica Olic and Bastian Schweinsteiger, allowing Drogba to win it for Chelsea.

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