Worst Defeats in Champions League History

Tue 18 May 2021 | 13:30

As well as the memories of winning competitions the football world never forget, its fans have always remembered the embarrassing losses, the ones that caused a big shock to the winner and the loser. Through the following article, we will focus on the worst defeats in Champions League history.

Bringing joy to the football fans, the news of victory most of the time is among the headline, though they can never make shocked supporters as much as the news of embarrassing losses.

Ending the competitions with unexpected results has always made the matches unforgettable and stuck a humiliating event in the history of the losers. The adjective of worst comes from the level of the loser clubs that the results have been unbelievable and surprises for not only their fans but also the football world.

Through the following article, we have gathered the news of the worst defeats in Champions League history. Taking a look at the name of the clubs, especially the loser ones, you will confront high-level and giant clubs, and this issue has made their defeat newsworthy and unimaginable.

We have presented the details of each match and described how it finished with this shocking ending. Though various reasons, such as mistakes by players, bad luck, or even wrong judgments of the referee, came out after losing, none of them could change the result.

However, most believe that football is a sport with unpredicted nature that means the game's ending can change even at the last minute. For this reason, the loose results are joyful, and the fans still follow the competitions.

Taking a Look at the List of the Worst Defeats in Champions League History

Within the following text, our team in Sportmob has made a list of the worst defeats in Champions League history and a complete account of each one. The shocking results may cause you to judge players, coaches, referees, or any other thing that will involve you in the text.

So, by spending not more than 10 minutes, stay with us till the end of the article and review the events that are amongst the most notable ones during football history. 

Real Madrid 8-0 Malmo

  • Date: 2015-16

We have started the list of the 

worst defeats in Champions League history

 with the competition between Real Madrid and Malmo in 2015-16, which ended in a shocking result. Accepting losing in an 8-0 lost seemed hard for the Swedish side Malmo.


Real Madrid

 was so proud of its performance, and the triumph was joint as the highest one within the Champions League history. Appearing only the two stars, Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo, in one competition are enough to make it one of the most memorable matches with the most notable goals.

In the match between Real Madrid and Malmo, these two prominent players took part and left brilliant performances and made it a different game. 

Karim Benzema

 displayed his best and notched a hat-trick, though it was not the whole remarkable part of the competition.

Following Benzema's goals, by scoring goals in the space of 19 breath-taking minutes,

Cristiano Ronaldo

stole the show, and by each time he touched the ball turned it into goals and created extraordinary moments.

The 32 shots on goal caused Real to end the contest very well, considered one of the most dominant Champions League performances. All these made the Santiago Bernabeu crowd satisfied. As the most successful club in Champions League history, most believe that gaining the result like 8-0 is the most notable triumph and is unlikely to be repeated anytime soon. 

Liverpool 8-0 Besiktas

  • Date: 2007-08

Another worst defeat in Champions League history is the contest between


and Besiktas on 2007-08. Within the match, Liverpool showed an excellent performance to drive the game in a way that led their Turkish side opponent,


, to an 8-0 defeat and set a famous record for themselves, considered as the joint-biggest win in European Cup history.

The result was unpredictable, even for those who bet on football. Liverpool played in a way that not only made an unforgettable night for their fans but humiliated their fans. During the match, four players scored all eight goals.

One of them was Crouch that scored two times in the 19th and 89th minute. The other goalscorer was the English midfielder of Liverpool, Steven Gerrard, that net in the 69th minute. 

Ryan Babel

, the Dutch winger, and Yassi Benayoun, the Israeli-Spanish midfielder, scored the remaining five goals.

In the 79th and 81st minutes, Babel changed the competitions' result two times, and in the 32nd, 53rd, and 56th minutes, Benayoun netted three times and by his hat-trick surprise all Anfield crowd. 

Liverpool 4-0 Barcelona

  • Date: 2018-19

What is your idea? Is not the 4-0 result between Liverpool and Barcelona one of the biggest defeats in Champions League history? It will not be an overstatement if we describe the match as one of the most comebacks in Liverpool's 126-year history against Barcelona.



had appeared brilliantly on the first leg and won the competition in a 3-0 result, they could not complete their efforts on comebacks and lost to Liverpool. On that memorable night, despite the early lead of Liverpool, they left to continue their excellent start.

However, a two-minute brace from

Georginio Wijnaldum

worked for them and helped them turn the tide in their favor at the beginning of the second half. Within only the last 10 minutes and through a very memorable collaboration between Trent Alexander-Arnold and 

Divock Origi

, they made a great scene.

No Liverpool fans forget the corner that Alexander-Arnold took, which by Origi's help, created a goal and earned a big happy to the club's manager, Jurgen Klopp. Although by winning the first leg by the result of 3-0, Barcelona had one foot in the 2018-19 Champions League, their 0-4 loss against Liverpool changed everything.

Since 1986, Liverpool has been the only team, which despite losing in the first leg, they won a semi-final. Their victory caused the result to last for a long time as one of the most remarkable memories in Anfield history. 

Tottenham Hotspur 2-7 Bayern Munich

  • Date: 2019-20

Tottenham Hotspur's loss against Bayern Munich in a 2-7 end unanimously is one of the 

biggest defeats in Champions League history

. It had not passed too much time that Liverpool faced in Champions League final in 2018-19 that


experienced one of their most humiliating defeats in European Cup history.

By the start of the match, Heung-min Son took the lead to his team, Spurs, in the 12th minute, and his team took the lead. However, it did not take long, and Joshua Kimmich scored the equalizer only three minutes later. At the end of the first half,


's goal turned the match result to 1-3.

Although Bayern Munich's fans thought that they had watched a great competition, 

Serge Gnabry

's brilliant performance, through the second half, made them surprised and overexcited. In the 53rd minute, Gnabry scored his first goal, and during the time that his team and supporters were showing their happiness for it, within only two minutes, in the 55th minute, net another one and changed the result to 4-1.

Following Kingsley Coman's foul on Danny Rose, Harry Kane pulled back to 2-4 with the goal from the penalty spot in the 61st minute. In the last ten minutes, Gnabry completed his hat-trick, and by scoring another one after Lewandowski's netting second goal, ended any possible hopes that Tottenham had for coming back. Now, do you agree that Tottenham's defat has been one of the worst losses in Champions League history?

Manchester United 7-1 AS Roma

  • Date: 2006-07

Having typed '

Manchester United

' and 'European memories' in any search engine, you will get a bunch of links regarding an eye-catching nostalgic night. If you filter the results to Champions League glory in 1999 and 2008, you will find the details related to the 7-1 victory against


at Old Trafford stadium in April 2007 among the top ones.

Although the night was one of the best nights of United, the football world knows it as one of the 

worst defeats in Champions League history

. After ending the first leg of the quarter-final in a 2-1 loss for United, no one could predict that end of an eye-catching match they were going to see.

Following the absence of Paul Scholes, because of seeing the red in their 2-1 defeat, Michael Carrick and Darren Fletcher began in central midfield. Only after11 minutes, the Red Devils took the lead by Carrick's goal from a long-range. Then Alan Smith's goal caused a large amount of excitement at Old Trafford.

After a short time, by netting for the third time, no one could believe Manchester 3-0 Roma within the first 19 minutes of the match. Ronaldo, who had not scored in the Champions League till the night, netted his goal and brought another superiority point for his team.

If Roma had hoped even one percent to surpass their opponent within the second half, Ronaldo, Carrick, and Evra's goals made them believe their desire would be unavailable. 

Liverpool 4-0 Real Madrid

  • Date: 2008-09

Recalling the night that Liverpool destroyed Real Madrid in 4-0 shows why we have mentioned it as one of the other 

worst Champions League defeats of all time

. In 2008-09, Rafa Benitez's Liverpool experienced one of the most memorable Champions League triumphs in history.

The Benitez's men produced an absorbing night for the enthusiastic Anfield crowd and made it one of the most remarkable memories in their team's history. Having played for 16 minutes, Liverpool took the lead by the scored goal of the former

Atletico Madrid

hero, Fernando Torres.

Torres, nicknamed El Nino, through exchanging passes with Dirk Kuyt, scrambled away from Pepe, and by firing into the net, could complete his effort. The 12 minutes later, due to a handball in the penalty area by Gabriel Heinze, the former Manchester United defender Steven Gerrard doubled the lead and changed the result to 2-0.

However, by scoring another one in the 47th minute, Gerrard performed one of his finest displays in a Reds jersey during his 100th appearance in Europe. Though Liverpool's fans were completely satisfied by the result, Andrea Dossena's goal in the 88th minute was the icing on the cake. 

Barcelona 6-1 Paris Saint-Germain

  • Date: 2016-17

One of the other worst Champions League defeats of all time is the Barcelona 6-1 

Paris Saint-Germain

 on 8 March 2017, as the result of the second leg of a UEFA Champions League tie at the amp Nou in Barcelona.

Accompanied by 96,290 attendances, Barcelona's 

Luis Suarez

 brought excitement to the stadium by scoring the first goal in the 3rd minute. Although Barcelona was taking the lead, in the 40th minute, Layvin Kurzawa, PSG left-back player, scored one own goal and doubled Barcelona's point.

After Thomas Meunier's foul on 


, Lionel Messi scored the third goal of the match in the 50th minute via a penalty. Ten minutes later, the scored goal of Edinson Cavani brought down Barcelona's hopes because based on the away goals rule, they required three more goals.

Through a free kick in the 88th and a penalty kick in the 91st minute, Neymar scored two goals, but the player who ended the process of Barcelona's goalscoring was Sergi Roberto.

Bayern Munich 0-4 Real Madrid

  • Date: 2013-14

We have allocated this section of the article to the

Bayern Munich

0-4 Real Madrid competition, considered as one of the worst defeats in Champions League history.

Sergio Ramos

and Cristiano Ronaldo's goals returned Real Madrid, called Los Blancos, to the Champions League final.

During the first leg and in the second one, Real Madrid was the better side, and by the excellent defense could overcome the most attacking from Bayern. Their brilliant performance was such that they did not even let the Germans shot more than three times. The 3 out of 4 goals of Madrid happened during the first 45 minutes.

In the 16th minute, Ramos scored his first goal, and within less than the following 5 minutes, doubled the result. Then, it was Ronaldo's turn to display his excellent performance. Ronaldo changed the point to 3-0 by scoring in the 34th minute, and with his last-minute goal ended the match.

AC Milan 4-0 Barcelona

  • Date: 1993-94

The 1994 UEFA Champions League Final is on the list of the 

worst defeats in Champions League history

, a match between Milan, appearing in their all-white away strip, and Barcelona, playing in their red and blue jersey. 

Dejan Savicevic's running down the right flank and passing to Daniele Massaro got the opportunity of scoring to Massaro, which caused Milan to take the lead. Just before half-time, through a solo run by Roberto Donadoni, Massaro doubled the result.

Milan reached the third goal by Savicevic following a defensive error by Miguel Angel Nadal in the 47th minute. Eight minutes later, Marcel Desailly, Milan defender, changed the result to the 4-0 when he beat the offside trap. There is no wonder why most believe the match has been one of the worst losses in the history of the Champions League. 

Barcelona 2-8 Bayern Munich

  • Date: 2019-20

The last match in the list of 

worst losses in Champions League history

 was the 2019-20 UEFA Champions League quarter-final game between Bayern Munich and Barcelona. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic in Europe, they did it behind closed doors.

During the first 10 minutes and following Thomas-Muller's one-two with Robert Lewandowski, Muller could score the first goal. It did not take so much that through slicing a cross from 

Jordi Alba

, David Alaba scored an own goal.

Afterward, Sergi Roberto's passing the error got the opportunity of firing the next home to Ivan Perisic in the 21st minute. Gnabry and Muller scored the following two goals for Bayern Munich in three minutes.

Gnabry did it with a shot from a through-ball from 

Leon Goretzka

, and Muller scored from a cross by

Joshua Kimmich

. It is clear how much the five scored goals had brought excitement to the Estadio da Luz crowd within only the first 45 minutes of the match.

No one could have imagined that the second half would be as great as the previous part. Suarez netted for the second time for Barcelona. Within about the last 30 minutes of the match, Bayern Munich scored four more goals, Kimmich in the 63rd, Lewandowski in the 82nd, and


in the 85th and 89th minutes.

Within the article, you read the story of the worst defeats in Champions League history and got how some top and outstanding clubs could do like it and earn themselves as embarrassing as was possible. 

As you read, besides presenting the names of participated teams in each match and their dates, we tried to cover the competitions' details as much as was possible. Despite our effort in making a brief but comprehensive text, there might have been extra facts that we missed. So, if you have any ideas, let us know by sharing them in the comment section.

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