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For First Time Ever Both European Club Competitions Will Have All-English Finals

For First Time Ever Both European Club Competitions Will Have All-English Finals

Both the Europa League final and the Champions League final will be all-English encounters for the first time in history.

Arsenal reached the Europa League final, sweeping aside Valencia 4-2 away from home in untypical Gunners fashion, to provide some consolation for one half of North London.

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Pierre-Emerick Aubamayeng smashed a hat trick at the Mestalla. His superbly-taken volley to cancel out Valencia's opener was arguably the pick of the goals. Check out his ice cold celebration with Lacazette in front of the home fans. WAKANDA FOREVER!

They will face London rivals Chelsea in the final. The Blues sent Eintracht Frankfurt packing on penalties at the Bridge - following a 1-1 draw (2-2 on aggregate) after being made to sweat by the Germans.

The results mean the clubs - which are currently separated by four points in the Premier League - will play each other in the final of the Europa League on 29 May at the Olympic Stadium in Baku, Azerbaijan.

Meanwhile, Liverpool will take on Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League final on 1 June at the Estadio Metropolitano in north-east Madrid, Spain.

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The all-English Champions League final looked extremely unlikely at various points over the course of the last two days though.

Both European club competitions will have all-English finals for the first time in history. Credit: PA
Both European club competitions will have all-English finals for the first time in history. Credit: PA

Liverpool had to overturn a three-goal deficit at Anfield to knock out La Liga champions Barcelona, progressing to the final with a stunning 4-3 aggregate victory.

Spurs looked more likely to stage a comeback going into their away tie against Ajax last (Wednesday) night, having lost the first leg at home by a goal to nil. However, the youthful Dutch side raced to a 2-0 lead at the Johan Cruyff arena, meaning Tottenham needed to score three goals without reply in the second half in order to go through.

They did just that courtesy of a hat-trick from Brazilian Lucas Moura, who scored his third in the 96th minute of the game to send Spurs through on away goals.


Tottenham manager, Mauricio Pochettino - who was tearful at the end of the game - said he thinks the all-English final will be 'amazing'.

He said: "I think it's one of the most important nights in my life.

"To get the club to the final of the Champions League... I think is very close to a miracle.

"I want to congratulate Jurgen Klopp and all the players and Liverpool, because I think they were amazing. We enjoyed a lot watching the tie against Barcelona. They are heroes too and, of course, it is going to be an amazing final between two English teams that for sure we are going to enjoy."



Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: uk news, Football

Jake Massey

Jake Massey is a journalist at LADbible. He graduated from Newcastle University, where he learnt a bit about media and a lot about living without heating. After spending a few years in Australia and New Zealand, Jake secured a role at an obscure radio station in Norwich, inadvertently becoming a real-life Alan Partridge in the process. From there, Jake became a reporter at the Eastern Daily Press. Jake enjoys playing football, listening to music and writing about himself in the third person.

 

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