Top five: Biggest Champions League aggregate victories
After Bayern Munich trounced Barcelona 7-0 over two legs, we take a look to see where that ranks in Champions League history.
With Bayern Munich embarrassing Barcelona in the semi-final of this season’s Champions League; 7-0 on aggregate, we look at the games where teams have been simply overwhelmed by their opposition over two legs.
Can Bayern make it on to this list with their latest victory? Looking solely at the Champions League; so since 1992, all of the following has been extracted from the UEFA records.
5. Bayern Munich 7-1 Basel 2011/12 | Last 16
With the Champions League final set to be contested in Bayern’s back garden, the Allianz Arena, it was here that a 7-0 thrashing helped Bayern on their way to the final. After losing 1-0 in Switzerland, Basel arrived in Bavaria with some hope of holding strong and making the next round. It was very quickly quashed, as Bayern were better than their Swiss counterparts in every department.
4. Bayern Munich 7-0 Barcelona | Semi-final 2012/13
Following on from the 4-0 demolition the week before, Bayern entered the Camp Nou, knowing all they had to do was prevent Barca from scoring, and they did just that, however not many expected them to add a further three goals to an already impressive tally. Barca went out of the tournament without a whimper; Lionel Messi was left on the bench for the second leg, deemed too unfit to feature.
=2. Barcelona 10-2 Bayer Leverkusen 2011/12 | Last 16
Lionel Messi was simply irrepressible over the two legs of this last 16 tie. After a 3-1 victory in Germany, Leverkusen travelled to Catalonia and wished they had never got on that plane. Setting a Champions League record, Messi produced five moments of absolute brilliance scoring five times as Barca won the second leg 7-1. Messi was simply unstoppable.
=2. Lyon 10-2 Werder Bremen 2004/05 | Last 16
Another last 16 high scoring game between then French Champions Lyon and then German Champions Werder Bremen. Returning home with three away goals, you would have forgiven Lyon for sitting back soaking up pressure from Bremen’s attacks, yet Lyon managed to score seven times, leaving their tally at 10, as Bremen scored just two consolation goals.
1. Bayern Munich 12-1 Sporting Lisbon 2008/09 | Last 16
One of Portugal’s most successful clubs, Sporting faced Germany’s most successful club in what has proved to be the highest aggregate scoring game in the history of the Champions League. Following on from a 5-0 victory in the first leg, Munich didn’t take long to score in the second leg, scoring in just under ten minutes, as the rout began. The game eventually finished 7-1 and the green and whites of Lisbon were left extremely embarrassed.
So there you have it, the highest winning aggregate margins in Champions League history. It is worth mentioning that before the inception of the Champions League in 1992, Benfica set the highest winning margin when they demolished Stade Dudelange 18-0 in a preliminary game way back in the 1965/66 season.
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