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2008-09 UEFA Champions League
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Tournament details
Dates15 July 2008 - 27 May 2009
Teams32 (group stage)
76 (total)
Final positions
ChampionsFlag of Spain Barcelona (3rd title)
Runner-upEngland Manchester United
Tournament statistics
Matches played213
Goals scored553 (2.6 per match)
Attendance5,008,404 (23,514 per match)
Top scorer(s)Flag of Argentina Lionel Messi (9 goals)
Best playerFlag of Argentina Lionel Messi

The 2008–09 UEFA Champions League was the 54th edition of Europe's premier club football tournament and the 17th edition under the current UEFA Champions League format. The final was played at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome on 27 May 2009. It was the eighth time the European Cup final has been held in Italy and the fourth time it has been held at the Stadio Olimpico. The final was contested by the defending champions, Manchester United, and Barcelona, who had last won the tournament in 2006. Barcelona won the match 2–0, with goals from Samuel Eto'o and Lionel Messi, securing The Treble in the process. In addition, both UEFA Cup finalists, Werder Bremen and Shakhtar Donetsk featured in the Champions League group stage.

Anorthosis of Cyprus and BATE Borisov of Belarus were the first teams from their respective countries to qualify for the group stage. Romanian side CFR Cluj and Russian champions Zenit Saint Petersburg also made their Champions League debuts.

Qualification

A total of 76 teams from 52 UEFA associations (Liechtenstein organises no domestic league competition) participated in the 2008–09 Champions League. Countries are allocated places according to the 2007 UEFA league co-efficient. The spot reserved for the title holder was not used since Manchester United qualified for the group stage as the Premier League (Association 2) champions.

Below is the qualification scheme for the 2008–09 Champions League:

  • Associations 1–3 (Spain, England and Italy) each have four teams qualify
  • Associations 4–6 (France, Germany, and Portugal) each have three teams qualify
  • Associations 7–15 (Romania, Netherlands, Russia, Scotland, Ukraine, Belgium, Czech Republic, Turkey, and Greece) each have two teams qualify
  • Associations 16–53 (except Liechtenstein) each have one team qualify
Teams entering in this round Teams advancing from previous round
First qualifying round
(28 teams)
  • 28 champions from associations 25–53
Second qualifying round
(28 teams)
  • 8 champions from associations 17–24 (Switzerland, Norway, Israel, Serbia, Denmark, Austria, Poland and Hungary)
  • 6 runners-up from associations 10–15
  • 14 winners from the first qualifying round
Third qualifying round
(32 teams)
  • 6 champions from associations 11–16
  • 3 runners-up from associations 7–9 (the Netherlands enter the winners of a series of play-off games rather than the runners-up automatically qualifying)
  • 6 third-place finishers from associations 1–6
  • 3 fourth-place finishers from associations 1–3
  • 14 winners from the second qualifying round
Group stage
(32 teams)
  • 10 champions from associations 1–10
  • 6 runners-up from associations 1–6
  • 16 winners from the third qualifying round
Knockout phase
(16 teams)
  • 8 group winners from the group stage
  • 8 group runners-up from the group stage
Group stage
Flag of Spain Real MadridFlag of Italy InternazionaleGermany Bayern MunichRomania CFR Cluj
Flag of Spain VillarrealFlag of Italy RomaGermany Werder BremenNetherlands PSV Eindhoven
England Manchester UnitedTHFlag of France LyonFlag of Portugal PortoFlag of Russia Good One Zenit Saint Petersburg
England ChelseaFlag of France BordeauxFlag of Portugal Sporting CPScotland Celtic[A]
Third qualifying round
Flag of Spain BarcelonaFlag of Italy FiorentinaNetherlands TwenteFlag of Czech Slavia Prague
Flag of Spain Atlético MadridFlag of France MarseilleFlag of Russia Good One Spartak MoscowFlag of Turkey Galatasaray
England ArsenalGermany Schalke 04Flag of Ukraine Shakhtar DonetskFlag of Greece.svg Olympiacos
England LiverpoolFlag of Portugal Vitória GuimarãesBelgium Standard LiègeFlag of Bulgaria Levski Sofia[A]
Flag of Italy JuventusRomania Steaua Bucureşti
Second qualifying round
Scotland RangersFlag of Turkey FenerbahçeFlag of Israel Beitar JerusalemFlag of Austria Rapid Wien
Flag of Ukraine Dynamo KyivFlag of Greece.svg PanathinaikosFlag of Serbia PartizanFlag of Poland Wisła Kraków[A]
Belgium Anderlecht Switzerland BaselFlag of Denmark Aalborg BKFlag of Hungary MTK Budapest[A]
Flag of Czech Sparta PragueFlag of Norway Brann
First qualifying round
Slovakia Artmedia PetržalkaFlag of Lithuania KaunasBelarus Flag BATE BorisovFlag of Wales Llanelli
Croatia Dinamo ZagrebFlag of Finland Tampere UnitedFlag of Albania Dinamo TiranaFaroe Islands NSÍ Runavík
Flag of Cyprus AnorthosisFlag of Moldova Sheriff TiraspolEstonia LevadiaLuxembourg F91 Dudelange
Flag of Sweden Good one IFK GöteborgFlag of Republic Ireland Drogheda UnitedFlag of Armenia Pyunik YerevanMalta Valletta
Flag of Slovenia DomžaleFlag of Georgia Dinamo TbilisiFlag of Azerbaijan Inter BakuFlag of Andorra FC Santa Coloma
Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina Modriča Flag of Macedonia RabotničkiFlag of Kazakhstan AktobeSan Marino Murata
Latvia VentspilsFlag of Iceland ValurFlag of Northern Ireland LinfieldFlag of Montenegro Budućnost Podgorica

TH Title Holder

Excluded teams

Porto

On 4 June 2008, a decision was taken to exclude Portuguese champions Porto from this year's competition, after the club was found guilty of bribing referees in the Portuguese Liga during the 2003–04 season. As a result, Vitória Guimarães were promoted from the 3rd qualifying round to the group stage and Benfica from the UEFA Cup into the 3rd qualifying round. However, after Porto appealed the decision, the decision was referred by UEFA's Appeals Body back to the Control & Disciplinary Body for re-assessment. The meeting to re-assess the situation took place on 16 June 2008, with the decision being reversed and Porto being allowed back into the 2008–09 Champions League. The decision was taken due to Porto's disciplinary process in Portugal not yet being complete.

CSKA Sofia

Bulgarian champions CSKA Sofia were excluded from the tournament having failed to secure a UEFA licence due to the club being in debt to various government bodies and creditors. Levski Sofia took their place in the 3rd qualifying round.

Round and draw dates

Date Event
1 July 2008 Draw for first and second qualifying rounds
15 & 16 July 2008 First qualifying round, first leg
22 & 23 July 2008 First qualifying round, second leg
29 & 30 July 2008 Second qualifying round, first leg
1 August 2008 Draw for third qualifying round
5 & 6 August 2008 Second qualifying round, second leg
12 & 13 August 2008 Third qualifying round, first leg
26 & 27 August 2008 Third qualifying round, second leg
28 August 2008 Draw for group stage
16 & 17 September 2008 Group stage, Matchday 1
30 September & 1 October 2008 Group stage, Matchday 2
21 & 22 October 2008 Group stage, Matchday 3
Date Event
4 & 5 November 2008 Group stage, Matchday 4
25 & 26 November 2008 Group stage, Matchday 5
9 & 10 December 2008 Group stage, Matchday 6
19 December 2008 Draw for first knockout round
24 & 25 February 2009 First knockout round, first leg
10 & 11 March 2009 First knockout round, second leg
20 March 2009 Draw for remaining rounds
7 & 8 April 2009 Quarter-finals, first leg
14 & 15 April 2009 Quarter-finals, second leg
28 & 29 April 2009 Semi-finals, first leg
5 & 6 May 2009 Semi-finals, second leg
27 May 2009 Final in Rome, Italy

Qualifying rounds

Main article: 2008–09 UEFA Champions League qualifying rounds

First qualifying round

The draw for the first and second qualifying rounds was held on Tuesday, 1 July 2008 in Nyon, Switzerland. The first leg matches were held on 15 July and 16 July, while the second legs were played on 22 July and 23 July 2008.

Team #1   Agg.   Team #2   1st leg     2nd leg  
Linfield Flag of Northern Ireland 1–3 Croatia Dinamo Zagreb 0–2 1–1
Valletta Malta 0–3 Slovakia Artmedia Petržalka 0–2 0–1
Dinamo Tbilisi Flag of Georgia 3–1 Faroe Islands NSÍ Runavík 3–0 0–1
FC Santa Coloma Flag of Andorra 2–7 Flag of Lithuania Kaunas 1–4 1–3
Murata San Marino 0–9 Flag of Sweden Good one IFK Göteborg 0–5 0–4
Llanelli Flag of Wales 1–4 Latvia Ventspils 1–0 0–4
Anorthosis Flag of Cyprus 3–0 Flag of Armenia Pyunik Yerevan 1–0 2–0
Inter Baku Flag of Azerbaijan 1–1 (a) Flag of Macedonia Rabotnički 0–0 1–1
Tampere United Flag of Finland 3–2 Flag of Montenegro Budućnost 2–1 1–1
F91 Dudelange Luxembourg 0–3 Flag of Slovenia Domžale 0–1 0–2
Dinamo Tirana Flag of Albania 1–4 Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina Modriča 0–2 1–2
Aktobe Flag of Kazakhstan 1–4 Flag of Moldova Sheriff Tiraspol 1–0 0–4
Drogheda United Flag of Republic Ireland 3–1 Estonia Levadia 2–1 1–0
BATE Borisov Belarus Flag 3–0 Flag of Iceland Valur 2–0 1–0

In the draw for the first qualifying round, teams were divided into two pots, on the basis of UEFA coefficients. The lower pot contained the 14 teams from associations 40–53: none of these teams had a team ranking.

Two of the 14 ties were won by the lower ranked team: Inter Baku (Azerbaijan, country rank 42) beat Rabotnički (Macedonia, 36); and BATE Borisov (Belarus, 40) beat Valur (Iceland, 37).

Of the 28 teams in the first qualifying round, two survived as far as the group stage: Anorthosis and BATE Borisov. Each then finished in fourth place.

Second qualifying round

The first leg matches were played on 29 July and 30 July, while the second legs were played on 5 August and 6 August 2008.

Team #1   Agg.   Team #2   1st leg     2nd leg  
Rangers Scotland 1–2 Flag of Lithuania Kaunas 0–0 1–2
Brann Flag of Norway 2–2 (a) Latvia Ventspils 1–0 1–2
Inter Baku Flag of Azerbaijan 1–3 Flag of Serbia Partizan 1–1 0–2
Tampere United Flag of Finland 3–7 Slovakia Artmedia Petržalka 1–3 2–4
Anorthosis Flag of Cyprus 4–3 Flag of Austria Rapid Wien 3–0 1–3
Domžale Flag of Slovenia 2–6 Croatia Dinamo Zagreb 0–3 2–3
Panathinaikos Flag of Greece.svg 3–0 Flag of Georgia Dinamo Tbilisi 3–0 0–0
IFK Göteborg Flag of Sweden Good one 3–5 Switzerland Basel 1–1 2–4
Sheriff Tiraspol Flag of Moldova 0–3 Flag of Czech Sparta Prague 0–1 0–2
Drogheda United Flag of Republic Ireland 3–4 Flag of Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv 1–2[B] 2–2
Anderlecht Belgium 3–4 Belarus Flag BATE Borisov 1–2 2–2
Beitar Jerusalem Flag of Israel 2–6 Flag of Poland Wisła Kraków 2–1 0–5
Fenerbahçe Flag of Turkey 7–0 Flag of Hungary MTK Hungária 2–0 5–0
Aalborg BK Flag of Denmark 7–1 Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina Modriča 5–0 2–1

In the draw for the second qualifying round, teams were divided into two pots, on the basis of UEFA coefficients. The higher pot contained teams ranked 166 or higher: so each tie contained exactly one team ranked in the top 166.

Three of the 14 ties were won by the lower ranked team: Kaunas (unranked, coefficient 2.640) beat Rangers (ranked 24, coefficient 66.013); BATE Borisov (unranked, 1.760) beat Anderlecht (56, 41.810); and Anorthosis (ranked 193) beat Rapid Wien (ranked 166).

Of the 28 teams in the second qualifying round, Panathinaikos were the only one to qualify for the knockout stage of the competition.

Third qualifying round

The draw for the third qualifying round took place on 1 August 2008 in Nyon, Switzerland. The first leg matches were played on 12 August and 13 August, while the second leg matches took place on 26 August and 27 August. The losing team of each match are being seeded into the 2008–09 UEFA Cup first round; while the winning teams advance into the UEFA Champions League 2008–09 group stage.

Team #1   Agg.   Team #2   1st leg     2nd leg  
Anorthosis Flag of Cyprus 3–1 Flag of Greece.svg Olympiacos 3–0 0–1
Vitória Guimarães Flag of Portugal 1–2 Switzerland Basel 0–0 1–2
Shakhtar Donetsk Flag of Ukraine 5–1 Croatia Dinamo Zagreb 2–0 3–1
Schalke 04 Germany 1–4 Flag of Spain Atlético Madrid 1–0 0–4
Aalborg BK Flag of Denmark 4–0 Flag of Lithuania Kaunas 2–0 2–0
Barcelona Flag of Spain 4–1 Flag of Poland Wisła Kraków 4–0 0–1
Levski Sofia Flag of Bulgaria 1–2 Belarus Flag BATE Borisov 0–1 1–1
Standard Liège Belgium 0–1 England Liverpool 0–0 0–1 aet
Partizan Flag of Serbia 3–4 Flag of Turkey Fenerbahçe 2–2 1–2
Twente Netherlands 0–6 England Arsenal 0–2 0–4
Spartak Moscow Flag of Russia Good One 2–8 Flag of Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv 1–4 1–4
Juventus Flag of Italy 5–1 Slovakia Artmedia Petržalka 4–0 1–1
Brann Flag of Norway 1–3 Flag of France Marseille 0–1 1–2
Fiorentina Flag of Italy 2–0 Flag of Czech Slavia Prague 2–0 0–0
Galatasaray Flag of Turkey 2–3 Romania Steaua Bucureşti 2–2 0–1
Sparta Prague Flag of Czech 1–3[C] Flag of Greece.svg Panathinaikos 1–2 0–1

In the draw for the third qualifying round, teams were divided into two pots, on the basis of UEFA coefficients. The higher pot contained teams ranked 61 or higher. However, the draw was held before the second qualifying round was played, which meant that Kaunas and BATE Borisov effectively moved into the higher pot, replacing the teams they eliminated.

Four of the 16 ties were won by the lower ranked team: Anorthosis (ranked 193) beat Olympiacos (ranked 44); BATE Borisov (unranked, coefficient 1.760) beat Levski Sofia (ranked 80, coefficient 32.644); Atlético Madrid (ranked 67) beat Schalke 04 (ranked 22) and Dynamo Kyiv (ranked 74) beat Spartak Moscow (ranked 61).

Group stage

Main article: 2008–09 UEFA Champions League group stage

The draw for the group stage took place on 28 August 2008 at the Grimaldi Forum, Monaco, prior to the 2008 UEFA Super Cup the following day.

The top two teams in each group advanced to the knockout stage, and the third-placed teams entered the round of 32 of the UEFA Cup. Based on paragraph 6.05 in the UEFA regulations for the current season, if two or more teams are equal on points on completion of the group matches, the following criteria are applied to determine the rankings:

  1. higher number of points obtained in the group matches played among the teams in question;
  2. superior goal difference from the group matches played among the teams in question;
  3. higher number of goals scored away from home in the group matches played among the teams in question;
  4. superior goal difference from all group matches played;
  5. higher number of goals scored in all group matches played;
  6. higher number of coefficient points accumulated by the club in question, as well as its association, over the previous five seasons.

Zenit St. Petersburg, BATE Borisov, CFR Cluj and Anorthosis each made their debut appearance in the group stage.


Key to colours in group tables
Teams progressed to the first knockout round
Teams that progressed to the UEFA Cup

Group A

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Flag of Italy Roma 6402126+612
England Chelsea 632195+411
Flag of France Bordeaux 6213511−67
Romania CFR Cluj 611459−44
 BDXCFRCHLROM
Bordeaux 1–0 1–1 1–3
CFR Cluj 1–2 0–0 1–3
Chelsea 4–0 2–1 1–0
Roma 2–0 1–2 3–1

Group B

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Flag of Greece.svg Panathinaikos 631287+110
Flag of Italy Internazionale 622287+18
Germany Werder Bremen 614179−27
Flag of Cyprus Anorthosis 61328806
 ANOINTPANBRM
Anorthosis 3–3 3–1 2–2
Internazionale 1–0 0–1 1–1
Panathinaikos 1–0 0–2 2–2
Werder Bremen 0–0 2–1 0–3

Group C

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Flag of Spain Barcelona 6411188+1013
Flag of Portugal Sporting CP 640288012
Flag of Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk 6303117+49
Switzerland Basel 6015216−141
 BARBASSHASCP
Barcelona 1–1 2–3 3–1
Basel 0–5 1–2 0–1
Shakhtar Donetsk 1–2 5–0 0–1
Sporting CP 2–5 2–0 1–0

Group D

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
England Liverpool 6420115+614
Flag of Spain Atlético Madrid 633094+512
Flag of France Marseille 611457−24
Netherlands PSV Eindhoven 6105514−93
 ATLLIVOMPSV
Atlético Madrid 1–1 2–1 2–1
Liverpool 1–1 1–0 3–1
Marseille 0–0 1–2 3–0
PSV Eindhoven 0–3 1–3 2–0

Group E

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
England Manchester United 624093+610
Flag of Spain Villarreal 623197+29
Flag of Denmark Aalborg BK 6132914−56
Scotland Celtic 612347−35
 AABCELMUVIL
Aalborg BK 2–1 0–3 2–2
Celtic 0–0 1–1 2–0
Manchester United 2–2 3–0 0–0
Villarreal 6–3 1–0 0–0

Group F

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Germany Bayern Munich 6420124+814
Flag of France Lyon 63211410+411
Flag of Italy Fiorentina 613258−36
Romania Steaua Bucureşti 6015312−91
 BAYFIOOLSTE
Bayern Munich 3–0 1–1 3–0
Fiorentina 1–1 1–2 0–0
Lyon 2–3 2–2 2–0
Steaua Bucureşti 0–1 0–1 3–5

Group G

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Flag of Portugal Porto 640298+112
England Arsenal 6321115+611
Flag of Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv 62224408
Flag of Turkey Fenerbahçe 6024411−72
 ARSDKFENPOR
Arsenal 1–0 0–0 4–0
Dynamo Kyiv 1–1 1–0 1–2
Fenerbahçe 2–5 0–0 1–2
Porto 2–0 0–1 3–1

Group H

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Flag of Italy Juventus 633073+412
Flag of Spain Real Madrid 640295+412
Flag of Russia Good One Zenit St. Petersburg 612347−35
Belarus Flag BATE Borisov 603338−53
 BATJUVRMZEN
BATE Borisov 2–2 0–1 0–2
Juventus 0–0 2–1 1–0
Real Madrid 2–0 0–2 3–0
Zenit St. Petersburg 1–1 0–0 1–2

Knockout stage

Main article: 2008–09 UEFA Champions League knockout stage

From the first knockout round through to the semi-finals, clubs play two matches against each other on a home and away basis with the same rules as the qualifying rounds applied. In the last 16, group winners play runners-up other than teams from their own pool or nation. For the draw of the quarter-finals and semi-finals clubs are seeded based on the results in the group and first knockout stage of the current season (eight matches).

The draw for the first knockout round was held on Friday, 19 December 2008 in Nyon, Switzerland. The draw was conducted by UEFA General Secretary David Taylor, Giorgio Marchetti, UEFA's director of professional football and Bruno Conti, the ambassador for the final in Rome.

The draws for the quarter-finals and semi-finals were both held on Friday, 20 March 2009 in Nyon, Switzerland. The draw was conducted by David Taylor and Bruno Conti. Unlike the first knockout round, teams from the same group or country may be drawn together from the quarter-finals onwards.

Bracket

  First knockout round Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
                                         
 Flag of France Lyon 1 2 3  
 Flag of Spain Barcelona 1 5 6  
   Flag of Spain Barcelona 4 1 5  
   Germany Bayern Munich 0 1 1  
 Flag of Portugal Sporting CP 0 1 1
 Germany Bayern Munich 5 7 12  
   Flag of Spain Barcelona (a) 0 1 1  
   England Chelsea 0 1 1  
 Flag of Spain Real Madrid 0 0 0  
 England Liverpool 1 4 5  
   England Liverpool 1 4 5
   England Chelsea 3 4 7  
 England Chelsea 1 2 3
 Flag of Italy Juventus 0 2 2  
   Flag of Spain Barcelona 2
   England Manchester United 0
 Flag of Italy Internazionale 0 0 0  
 England Manchester United 0 2 2  
   England Manchester United 2 1 3
   Flag of Portugal Porto 2 0 2  
 Flag of Spain Atlético Madrid 2 0 2
 Flag of Portugal Porto (a) 2 0 2  
   England Manchester United 1 3 4
   England Arsenal 0 1 1  
 Flag of Spain Villarreal 1 2 3  
 Flag of Greece.svg Panathinaikos 1 1 2  
   Flag of Spain Villarreal 1 0 1
   England Arsenal 1 3 4  
 England Arsenal (p) 1 0 1 (7)
 Flag of Italy Roma 0 1 1 (6)  

First knockout round

The first legs of the first knockout round were played on 24 and 25 February 2009, and the second legs were played on 10 and 11 March.

Bayern Munich defeated Sporting CP by 12–1 on aggregate in the first knockout round; the biggest two-leg win in Champions League era.

Manchester United's 2–0 victory against Internazionale in the first knockout round was their 21st consecutive undefeated match, a record surpassing Ajax's 20 undefeated matches, set between 1985–86 and 1995–96. The record was extended to 25 matches, ending with a 2–0 defeat to Barcelona in the final.

Team #1   Agg.   Team #2   1st leg     2nd leg  
Chelsea England 3–2 Flag of Italy Juventus 1–0 2–2
Villarreal Flag of Spain 3–2 Flag of Greece.svg Panathinaikos 1–1 2–1
Sporting CP Flag of Portugal 1–12 Germany Bayern Munich 0–5 1–7
Atlético Madrid Flag of Spain 2–2 (a) Flag of Portugal Porto 2–2 0–0
Lyon Flag of France 3–6 Flag of Spain Barcelona 1–1 2–5
Real Madrid Flag of Spain 0–5 England Liverpool 0–1 0–4
Arsenal England 1–1 (7–6 p) Flag of Italy Roma 1–0 0–1 aet
Internazionale Flag of Italy 0–2 England Manchester United 0–0 0–2

Quarter-finals

The first leg matches were played on 7 April and 8 April, with the second leg matches being played on 14 April and 15 April 2009. Due to the 20th anniversary of Hillsborough Disaster, Liverpool were granted their request that their return leg not be played on 15 April; the match was played on 14 April.

Porto's 1–0 loss to Manchester United in the second leg of the quarter-finals was the club's first ever home defeat to English opposition.

Team #1   Agg.   Team #2   1st leg     2nd leg  
Villarreal Flag of Spain 1–4 England Arsenal 1–1 0–3
Manchester United England 3–2 Flag of Portugal Porto 2–2 1–0
Liverpool England 5–7 England Chelsea 1–3 4–4
Barcelona Flag of Spain 5–1 Germany Bayern Munich 4–0 1–1

Semi-finals

The first leg matches were played on 28 April and 29 April, while the second leg matches were played on 5 May and 6 May 2009. As in 2007–08, the semi-final teams consisted of three Premier League sides and Barcelona. This was the third consecutive season in which three of the four semi-final teams were English.

Manchester United were the first defending champions to reach the semi-finals since the introduction of the first knockout round in the 2003–04 season.

Chelsea were knocked out by Barcelona after a highly controversial performance by referee Tom Henning Øvrebø, while Arsenal's 3–1 loss to Manchester United in the second leg of the semi-finals was the club's first ever defeat at the Emirates Stadium in a European competition.

Team #1   Agg.   Team #2   1st leg     2nd leg  
Manchester United England 4–1 England Arsenal 1–0 3–1
Barcelona Flag of Spain 1–1 (a) England Chelsea 0–0 1–1

Final

Main article: 2009 UEFA Champions League Final

The 2009 UEFA Champions League Final was played at 20:45 CEST on 27 May 2009 at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome, Italy. Barcelona won the match 2–0, with goals from Samuel Eto'o and Lionel Messi. Barcelona's victory also meant that they became the first Spanish team to win The Treble. Manchester United were the first defending champions to reach the final of the competition since Juventus in 1997, but they failed to become the first club to defend the European Cup since Milan in 1990.

27 May 2009
20:45 (UTC+2)
Barcelona Flag of Spain 2–0 England Manchester United Stadio Olimpico, Rome
Attendance: 62,467
Referee: Massimo Busacca (Switzerland)
Eto'o Soccerball 10'
Messi Soccerball 70'
Report

Top goalscorers

The top scorers from the 2008–09 UEFA Champions League (excluding qualifying rounds) are as follows:

Rank Name Team Goals Appearances Minutes played
1 Flag of Argentina Lionel Messi Flag of Spain Barcelona 9 12 982'44"
2 England Steven Gerrard England Liverpool 7 8 580'36"
Germany Miroslav Klose Germany Bayern Munich 7 8 680'07"
4 Flag of Argentina Lisandro López Flag of Portugal Porto 6 10 943'11"
5 Flag of Togo Emmanuel Adebayor England Arsenal 5 7 627'33"
Flag of Italy Alessandro Del Piero Flag of Italy Juventus 5 8 688'14"
Flag of Cote d'Ivoire Didier Drogba England Chelsea 5 10 702'31"
Netherlands Robin van Persie England Arsenal 5 8 716'34"
Flag of France Thierry Henry Flag of Spain Barcelona 5 10 717'50"
Flag of France Karim Benzema Flag of France Lyon 5 8 731'13"
11 Brazil Jádson Flag of Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk 4 5 405'48"
Netherlands Danny Koevermans Netherlands PSV Eindhoven 4 6 429'16"
Flag of Spain Joseba Llorente Flag of Spain Villarreal 4 7 436'03"
Flag of Greece.svg Evangelos Mantzios Flag of Greece.svg Panathinaikos 4 6 540'23"
Flag of Bulgaria Dimitar Berbatov England Manchester United 4 9 540'53"
Flag of Italy Alberto Gilardino Flag of Italy Fiorentina 4 6 543'52"
Flag of France Franck Ribéry Germany Bayern Munich 4 8 743'32"
Flag of Cameroon Samuel Eto'o Flag of Spain Barcelona 4 10 810'05"
England Wayne Rooney England Manchester United 4 13 999'10"
Flag of Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo England Manchester United 4 12 1055'36"

See also

Footnotes

A. ^ Moved up from the lower qualifying round due to the Title Holder entry not being used.
B. ^ Match was played in Dublin.
C. ^ Order of legs reversed

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