LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 03: Fireworks explode above the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium ahead of the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Crystal Palace at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on April 03, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
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Five goals in the first half. Seven by full-time. And another, potentially decisive strike, dramatically ruled out by the video assistant referee (VAR) in injury time.

Wednesday’s Champions League quarter-final second leg between Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur had absolutely everything.

With Spurs holding a slender 1-0 advantage from the first leg, the lead and momentum shifted multiple times at the Etihad stadium. When the dust settled, it was the London club that was victorious, triumphing on away goals and ending City’s dreams of an unprecedented trophy quadruple.

One English newspaper described the encounter as an “inconceivable classic” while others said it was “extraordinary” and “unbelievable.”

But how does it rank against the competition’s greatest and most memorable matches?

Here’s a look back at some of the best.

Obviously, the list is not exhaustive, and there have been far too many great games to include them all. Still, let us know which ones we missed out on by leaving a comment on our Facebook page.

Liverpool 3-3 AC Milan, 2005 final

Arguably the greatest European final of all time. Liverpool looked to be on the end of a drubbing after an early goal from Paolo Maldini and a brace from Hernan Crespo, the second of which saw the Argentine latch onto one a sublime through ball from the Brazilian international Kaka, gave pre-match favorites Milan a 3-0 halftime lead.

But a rousing 15 minutes at the start of the second period saw Liverpool’s captain-fantastic, Steven Gerrard pull one back before Vladimir Smicer and Xabi Alonso leveled matters.

Extra time couldn’t separate the sides so penalties were required. Serginho and Andrea Pirlo missed for Milan before Liverpool goalkeeper Jerzy Dudek saved the decisive kick from Andrei Shevchenko to give Liverpool an unlikely and remarkable win.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 04:  Mohamed Salah of Liverpool celebrates after scoring his sides first goal during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final Leg One match between Liverpool and Manchester City at Anfield on April 4, 2018 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
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Deportivo La Coruna 4-0 AC Milan, 2004 quarterfinal

Sorry Milan fans, here’s another match you’d probably rather forget. Leading Deportivo La Coruna 4-1 from the quarter-final first leg at the San Siro, Milan traveled to north-western Spain as firm favorites to see out the tie.

But Depor had other ideas as goals from Walter Pandiani, Juan Carlos Valeron and Albert Luque put them ahead on aggregate using the away goals rule before halftime. Fran added a fourth in the second period to secure victory.

Depor’s surprise comeback was one of a number of upsets in the 2003-04 Champions League that saw an FC Porto side, coached by a young Jose Mourinho, win an unlikely final against Monaco.

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Manchester United 4-3 Real Madrid, quarterfinal 2003

Manchester United may have won this game but it was all about Real Madrid and the devastating finishing of Ronaldo.

Real had won the first leg 3-1 in the Spanish capital and a hat-trick from the Brazilian superstar meant Los Blancos would claim a 6-5 aggregate victory across the tie.

Ronaldo’s third goal, in particular, was a standout as he crashed an arrowing drive beyond Fabien Barthez in the United goal.

Although United battled ably and the momentum shifted a number of times across the match, which also featured a stunning David Beckham free-kick, it was one Real and Ronaldo firmly deserved to win

United fans even gave “O Fenomeno” a standing ovation as he was substituted late in the game.

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