Kicking things off at Number 5 is one of the most memorable matches to have ever been played not only between Inter and Milan, but in the history of European football. We’re talking about the infamous Champions League quarterfinal match from April 12, 2005.
The Background: Inter were down 3-0 to Milan on aggregate when Esteban Cambiasso scored, only for referee Markus Merk to disallow the goal for no reason. This set off the already volatile atmosphere, as the Curva Nord went crazy and made it rain flares. Milan keeper, Dida, was hit by a lit flare in the scenes before Merk eventually called the match.
The fallout? Inter forfeited the match 3-0 and lost the tie. Milan went to the Champions League Final, only to lose to Liverpool on penalties after blowing a 3-0 lead.
One of the most famous images to ever have been taken at a football match happens to be from this match:
Marco Materazzi & Rui Costa watch as fans set flares on the pitch in the Champions League quarter final, 2005 pic.twitter.com/4jwmXnkGIE— Football Images (@IconicFooty) August 1, 2013
Some homemade video of the flares raining down: