In the crucial knockout game, having a key player injured will be a crucial blow like what happened to Christiano Ronaldo in the Euro 2016 final however despite that Portugal still able to clinch their first major honors by winning the final. Like this situation, they are an instance where a player was sent off due to bookable offense and the team will be down to 10 men. Despite this, they are many teams who had performed one of the lifetime performances to win the tie or the game while down to 10 men and here are some of the games.
BARCELONA VS CHELSEA IN 2012 Semi Final 2nd Leg
Against a team that is lauded as one of the greatest club team ever, Chelsea had been drawn against Barcelona in the semi-final stage and nobody except Chelsea fan gave them chances even though they had won the first leg in Stamford Bridge 1-0. Even though they had won the game, but it was Barcelona who had dominated, and something is expected to happen in the second leg in Camp Nou. Barcelona had overcome the first leg and score 2 successive goals and the onslaught is expected to be greater when John Terry the Chelsea caption was sent off but out of nowhere, Chelsea had scored the precious away goal and Barcelona need to score another to progress to the final. In the second half, Barcelona again dominated but Chelsea holds on and in the final minute Fernando Torres had scored the second goal to help Chelsea to progress to the final their first ever UCL final.
BARCELONA VS INTERMILAN IN 2010 Semi Final 2nd Leg
Another team had again won the semi-final tie against Barcelona after down to 10 men. Inter Milan is managed by Jose Mourinho and is determined to get one over Barcelona in this tie. In the first leg, Inter had won 3-1 but again like the game against Chelsea, Barcelona is expected to dominated and win the tie. Inter Milan task to hold on the led had been dealt with a blow when Thiago Motta had been sent off and Inter need to play against a great Barcelona team with 10 men. Jose Mourinho in this game had proved that he is the Special One as he had put great wall type of defensive organization against Barcelona. Inter conceded possession to Barcelona but Barca unable to penetrate Inter great defensive wall and even though Barcelona able to score a goal via Gerrard Pique to give them hope but it still not enough as Inter hold on to progress to the final. Jose Mourinho had described this performance as parking the airplane in the front of Barcelona goal.
HOLLAND VS ITALY IN 2000 EURO SEMIFINAL
Another semi-final but this time in the EURO 2000 that was lauded as one of the best Euro tournaments. Co-hosted by Holland and Belgium, Holland had been on top form and in front of their home crowd, they are expected to reach the final when they meet Italy in 2000. Italy was the underdog in this game and the Dutch are in buoyant mood. When Italy is down to 10 men with the dismissal of Gianluca Zambrotta, Dutch confident that they can win this game. However, down to 10 men, Italy had reverted to catenaccio and disrupting the Dutch playing rhythm and somehow against all the odd, Italy had taken this game to a penalty shootout and impressively had won the shootout to progress to the final of the Euro 2000. Dutch left to rue their missed chances to win the Euro in front of the home crowd.
MANCHESTER UNITED VS ARSENAL IN 1999 FA CUP SEMI-FINAL REPLAY
What is remembered from this game is the Ryan Giggs wonder goal that sealed the victory for Manchester United and gave them a great momentum to achieve the treble of Premier League, FA Cup, and UEFA Champion League. But another thing from this game is that Manchester United is down to 10 men when their talismanic captain Roy Keane was sent off in the 74th minute and Manchester United is playing with 10 men against an Arsenal team that is deemed as one of the best team. With the Arsenal famed back four where the like Tony Adams, Lee Dixon, Nigel Winterburn and Martin Keown guarding their goalkeeper David Seaman, Arsenal in pole position to win the game but with Giggs wonder goal and Peter Schmeichel penalties save from Dennis Bergkamp in the final minute, United had sealed their victories and complete the historic treble.
CHELSEA VS PSG IN 2015 UCL SECOND ROUND SECOND LEG
When Chelsea had drawn 1-1 in the first leg at Paris, Chelsea was in the pole position to progress to the quarter-final especially when PSG striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic was sent off in 31st minute for a bookable offense. PSG need to play with 10 men and can’t afford to have a 0-0 draw as this will eliminate them. With PSG down 10 men and Chelsea had scored in the 81st minute via Tim Cahill, PSG look on the way out, but David Luiz had equalized on the 86th minute to take the game to extra time. Again, Chelsea had taken the lead via Eden Hazard but another defender Thiago Silva had scored the crucial 2nd goal with put PSG in a great position to advance to quarterfinal which they had done against all odd. Down to 10 men PSG had made the impressive performance of coming back after trailing via a single goal and sealed their place in the quarter-final.
Going down to 10 men is a nightmare for any team especially in the knockout stages but this 4 team had shown that playing with 10 men is not a disadvantage for them and winning the crucial tie or game to seal their passage to the next round.