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Barcelona 2-2 Chelsea And 5 Other Great Semi-Final Nights For English Clubs In The Champions League (VIDEO)

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Chelsea's comeback and conquer of Barcelona at the Champions League semi-final stage ranks as one of the greatest nights for English clubs in European football.

Down to 10 men against the holders and purportedly the greatest side in the world, the players showed remarkable resilience to ensure the club's second European Cup final.

In tribute to their Herculean effort, here are five other great nights in the competition for English clubs:

NOTTINGHAM FOREST 2-0 AJAX, 1980
Holders of the cup having won their first honour against Malmo in '79, Forest took on the might of Ajax for a place at the Santiago Bernabeu in Madrid. They wouldn't disappoint manager Brian Clough, as English superiority on the continent (Liverpool won in 1977 and 1978) was reaffirmed.

ASTON VILLA 1-0 ANDERLECHT, 1982
English dominance of the European Cup in the late 70s and early 80s continued with Aston Villa. Tony Morley's finish on a muddy Villa Park pitch was the only goal of the tie, as Villa booked their ticket for Rotterdam, where they beat Bayern Munich.

JUVENTUS 2-3 MANCHESTER UNITED, 1999
Ryan Giggs' greatest goal that season was his FA Cup semi-final replay winner against Arsenal, but the first leg equaliser he half-volleyed in during stoppage-time against Juventus is arguably more important.

United travelled to Turin and, like Chelsea last night, went 2-0 behind. But they fought back to win their first ever game on Italian soil and, Gary Neville's excitable presence aside, how eerie is it that Fernando Torres also put the ball into an empty net a la Andrew Cole?

LIVERPOOL 1-0 CHELSEA, 2005
A wretched game settled by a goal which hadn't crossed the line, it nevertheless secured Liverpool a first European Cup final berth in 20 years

Luis Garcia, ahem, scored the game's only goal as Rafael Benitez's domestic misfits remained on course for what would turn out to be a miraculous Champions League win.

CHELSEA 3-2 LIVERPOOL, 2008
Finalists in two of the last three years having defeated Chelsea at the last four stage, the Reds were finally defeated by the Blues under Avram Grant. Anything Jose Mourinho... can't do?

For all their success in the Roman Abramovich era, Chelsea had failed at the final four hurdle on three occasions, making their triumph at the fourth time of asking a as much a relief as it was a delight.

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