“The Europa League cannot be compared to the universal appeal of the Champions League, but in terms of drama and top entertainment, the competition is far above its weight,” the European Football Federation (UEFA) said, announcing the ten best matches of this season in the most massive European Cup.
Among them is the fantastic Dinamo performance when they defeated Tottenham 3-0 at Maksimir Stadium and thus came back after the 0-2 defeat in London.
“After the match, Jose Mourinho went to Dinamo’s locker room to congratulate the team that eliminated his team with a hat-trick by Mislav Oršić,” UEFA writes, then quoted Damir Krznar.
“This was a wonderful match that you dream about, but don’t you dare,” Dinamo’s coach emphasized at the time.
UEFA singled out two “must-see” moments of the match: Oršić’s first goal and Dominik Livaković’s fantastic defense against Harry Kane’s shot in extra time.
Interestingly, in the selection of fans, Dinamo’s victory is in a high second place with 30 percent of the vote.
Only the duel between the Rangers and Benfica, which ended 2-2, collected more votes. The Scottish side led 2-0 but the Portuguese club scored two goals in the last 10 minutes.
10 BEST MATCHES:
Manchester United – Roma 6-2 (first semifinal match)
DINAMO – Tottenham 3-0 (return match of the round of 16)
Arsenal – Benfica 3-2 (return match of the 16th final)
Leicester City – Slavia Prague 0-2 (return match of last 32)
PSV Eindhoven – Olympiacos 2-1 (return match of last 32)
Young Boys – Bayer Leverkusen 4-3 (first match of last 32)
Rangers – Benfica 2-2 (group)
Milan – Lille 0-3 (group)
Spart Prague – Celtic 4-1 (group)
Villarreal – Sivasspor 5-3 (group)
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