Revisiting the 1999 Final and the 10 Most Dramatic Champions League Finals Ever

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Revisiting the 1999 Final and the 10 Most Dramatic Champions League Finals Ever
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Manchester United fans have had plenty of nights to forget in recent months, but one that will be forever etched in their memory is May 26th 1999.

On a balmy evening at the Nou Camp, the Red Devils faced Bayern Munich in the Champions League Final. After just six minutes of action, Mario Basler's free kick curled around Peter Schmeichel into the net. Despite plenty of pressure and attacking from the English side, the Germans held on to their lead until 90 minutes were up, when Bavarian fans in the crowd were already celebrating the trophy they were about to lift.

Then, an incredible three minutes of play unfolded. With Schmeichel up in the area for a David Beckham corner, Teddy Sheringham managed to poke in a goal to force injury time. Shortly after the restart, before Bayern's players could even catch their breath, United won another corner, which was stabbed home by the Baby-faced Assassin, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. 

Bayern had been robbed and Manchester United pulled off one of the most unlikely wins in history, completing a treble-winning season. 

The unforgettable drama of that evening will provide a quantum of solace for United fans in their current plight, and it inspires our list of the 10 most dramatic European Cup Finals in the Champions League era... 

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