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Classic all-English encounters in the Champions League

English sides have served up some memorable clashes in Europe’s elite competition.

Liverpool host Manchester City in the first leg of a hugely-anticipated all-English Champions League quarter-final on Wednesday.

Here, Press Association Sport looks at some other meetings between Premier League sides in Europe’s elite competition.

Liverpool 1 Chelsea 0 (agg: 1-0), 2005 semi-finals

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Luis Garcia scored a controversial winner against Chelsea in 2005

Luis Garcia’s controversial third-minute “ghost goal” – as referred to by Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho – carried Liverpool into the final on a tense night at Anfield. After holding the Premier League champions at Stamford Bridge, the Reds claimed the initiative when Garcia’s shot was ruled to have crossed the line despite William Gallas’ clearance. Had it not been given Liverpool might have argued they should have had a penalty for a foul on Milan Baros by Petr Cech in the build-up. Liverpool held on but lived on their nerves, with Damian Duff close to a critical away goal in added time.

Liverpool 4 Arsenal 2 (agg: 5-3), 2008 quarter-finals

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Liverpool saw off Arsenal in 2009

Liverpool produced a stunning late recovery to see off the Gunners as the two sides served up a classic in their third encounter in the space of six days. After a 1-1 draw in the first leg, Abou Diaby put Arsenal ahead before Sami Hyypia and Fernando Torres turned the tie in Liverpool’s favour. The next twist came six minutes from time as Emmanuel Adebayor’s strike put Arsenal in front on away goals but a Steven Gerrard penalty and late Ryan Babel effort won it in a dramatic finale.

Manchester United 1 Chelsea 1 (Man Utd won 6-5 on penalties), 2008 final

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John Terry's miss proved costly for Chelsea in the 2008 final

United claimed European glory after a pulsating clash in Moscow that finished well after 1am local time. Cristiano Ronaldo headed United in front after 26 minutes but Frank Lampard levelled. Lampard and Didier Drogba then hit the woodwork before the latter was sent off following a clash with Nemanja Vidic. Ronaldo missed from the spot as the game went to penalties but John Terry then slipped and hit the post with what would have been the winning kick. Edwin van der Sar’s save from Nicolas Anelka then proved decisive.

Chelsea 4 Liverpool 4 (agg: 7-5), 2009 quarter-finals

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Frank Lampard scored the goal that finally killed off Liverpool in a 2009 classic

After meeting in the semi-finals in three of the previous four seasons – and the group stages in the other – Liverpool and Chelsea clashed again in the last eight. Chelsea seemingly had this one won after taking the first leg 3-1 at Anfield but Liverpool replied early in the return with a Fabio Aurelio free-kick and Xabi Alonso penalty. Chelsea stormed back with goals from Drogba, Alex and Lampard but further Liverpool efforts from Lucas and Dirk Kuyt set up a nail-biting ending. One more away goal would have put Liverpool ahead in the tie but Lampard settled Chelsea nerves late on.

Arsenal 1 Manchester United 3 (agg: 1-4), 2009 semi-finals

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Cristiano Ronaldo-inspired Manchester United demolished Arsenal in 2009

United powered past the Gunners to reach the final with one of their most commanding European displays. Already 1-0 up from the first leg, United powered away with a Park Ji-sung strike and Ronaldo free-kick in the early stages at the Emirates Stadium. Ronaldo added another on the hour before Robin van Persie scored a penalty consolation for Arsenal.

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