By winning 3-2 on the lawn of Bayern Munich in the quarter-final first leg of the Champions League on Wednesday, PSG probably signed one of the best results in the history of French clubs away from home. Back on other great French performances outside France in European cups.
Barcelona 1-4 Metz, October 3, 1984
Before Paris atomized Barça on the lawn of Camp Nou (4-1) last February, only one French club had managed to beat the Catalans on their own ground: FC Metz. By beating the Blaugranas 4-1, the Garnets then signed one of the greatest exploits of French football on October 3, 1984. Winners of the Coupe de France the previous season, the Messins won a ticket for the C2, which has now disappeared. After the intoxication of shooting the legendary FC Barcelona in the 32nd final, Marcel Husson’s men quickly come down to earth: the Catalans inflict a severe 4-2 on them in the first leg at Saint-Symphorien.
A slap that does not dampen their desire for victory a few days later when they go to Barcelona. Yet led 1-0 very quickly, the Garnets move up a gear and maintain a glimmer of hope thanks to the goals of Toni Kurbos (38th) and Sanchez who scores against his camp in stride (39th). On fire, Kurbos signed a double (55th) before achieving a hat-trick (4-1), synonymous with historic qualification. The Mosellans will unfortunately be eliminated in the next round by Dresden.
Hamburg 0-5 Saint-Étienne, November 26, 1980
A Michel Platini at the height of his talent. This is what the Hamburg players went through. Yet finalist of the last C1, the German club suffered the law of a team from Saint-Étienne led by a future triple Ballon d’Or. While the Blues have just bowed heavily in a friendly against Germany (4-1), Platini still has a grudge against our neighbors across the Rhine and the remarks of their coach. Beaten earlier in the week by the promoted Tours FC in the league, this round of 16 first leg of C3 seems completely unbalanced in favor of the locals.
The legendary Robert Herbin has not said his last word and his feat begins in the 9th minute when his team opens the scoring thanks to a goal against his camp Hartwig. Platini (26th) then Larios (39th) knocked out the Germans led 3-0 on their lawn at the break. The Foreziens finish the job in the last moments of the match thanks to the goal of Zimako (85th) and the double of Platini (87th). On the return, the Greens won 1-0, and confirmed the slap in Hamburg.
Manchester City 1-2 OL, September 19, 2018
“A world champion is stronger than an English champion” exclaims the commentator of RMC on the second goal of the Lyonnais scored by Nabil Fekir, just sacred with the Blues. While for its first Champions League match of the season, OL are on the Manchester City lawn, not all the lights are green. The team is looking for itself and is sluggish in the league, we do not give much of our skin against one of the best teams in Europe. Bruno Genesio first suspends by aligning a rather surprising eleven with the tenure of Cheikh Diop and Maxwel Cornet.
It is the latter who opens the scoring to everyone’s surprise, after a good job from Fekir (26th). The passer then turns into a scorer following a high recovery which allows the Lyonnais to lead 2-0 on the lawn of the Etihad Stadium (43rd). Memphis is very close to registering the goal of 3-0 but the post rejects its attempt. The reduction of the gap by Bernardo Silva (67th) does not change anything and OL win. A precursor to the elimination of Manchester City by OL two years later in the quarter-final of C1 (3-1), another feat.
Inter Milan 2-1 OM, March 13, 2012
A 90th minute story. Three goals were scored in the last minute of regulation time in this double confrontation in the knockout stages of the Champions League. Winner of the competition in 2010, Inter want to redeem themselves after their surprise elimination in the quarter-finals in 2011 against Schalke 04. The Nerazurri fall on OM in the eighth and are trapped for the first time in the first leg by the goal Ayew (90th) who gives Marseille a goal in view of the return. In San Siro, the Interists finally manage to crack Mandanda thanks to Milito (75th). But as extra time looms, Brandao crucifies Inter and sends his team to the quarterfinal of C1 (90 + 2nd). The Italians will regain the advantage thanks to the penalty from Pazzini (90 + 6th) but do not have time to score a third time and still have to leave the competition prematurely.
Torino 2-3 Bastia, December 7, 1977
A few months before their lost UEFA Cup final against PSV Eindhoven, SEC Bastia was already showing a good aptitude for European exploits. In the knockout stages of C3, against a champion team from Italy in 1976, the Bastiais showed that they knew how to import their football. Winners on the first leg in Furiani (2-1) thanks to a double from Claude Papi, Bastia comes to Piedmont with the certainty of knowing how to win on the outside. Sporting Portugal and Newcastle have paid the price in previous rounds.
The Corsicans first take the advantage thanks to Larios (19th), three years before his goal against Hamburg with ASSE. Francesco Graziana rings the opponent’s revolt and signs a double in 25 minutes, enough to lead Torino 2-1 (22nd, 47th). The two teams are tied for the whole of the two matches but Abdelkrim Merry Krimau does not let the Italians hope too long and equalizes (50th). Fifteen minutes later, it is again the Moroccan who scores the winning goal and who qualifies the breasts for the quarters of C3 (65th). An epic that ends with a bitter defeat in the Netherlands.
In addition to these five great exploits, we could have added Dnipropetrovsk-Bordeaux 1985 (1-1, then 3-5 on t.à.b), Zagreb-Auxerre 1989 (1-3), Arsenal-Lens 1998 (0- 1), AC Milan-Lille 2006 (0-2), Liverpool-OM 2008 (0-1), Liverpool-OL 2010 (1-2), Bayern-Bordeaux 2010 (0-2), Real-OL 2010 (1 -1) …