Now that the cat is out of the bag, everyone is waiting to see what is the Champions League match that Europol referred to in their match fixing investigation, apparently taking place in England over the last three or four years. The 1-1 semifinal between Barcelona and Chelsea is the first that comes to mind, although others with slightly suspicious results have also occurred.
Chelsea 1 Barcelona 1, May 6, 2009
Most people probably think this is the match in question – Tom Henning Øvrebø, a psychologist outside of football, ignored three or four clear penalty appeals from Chelsea, as Andres Iniesta scored a late goal that sent Barcelona into the Champions League Final. After the final whistle, several Chelsea players confronted Øvrebø on the field including substituted Didier Drogba, who was recorded shouting “It’s a fucking disgrace!” at Øvrebø by live television cameras. Guus Hiddink labeled the refereeing performance as the worst he ever saw. This wasn’t the last time Øvrebø made a huge mistake in the Champions League. Just ask Fiorentina fans.
Liverpool 4 Real Madrid 0, March 10, 2009
Real Madrid were a mess that season, coming into the second leg of the Champions League clash between the clubs after losing 0-1 at home. Still, for a club of this pedigree to crumble and be crushed like that in the most prestigious of competitions is a bit weird. However, maybe the 2008-2009 Liverpool were just that good.
Tottenham 3 Inter 1, November 2, 2010
Inter weren’t that great following the departure of Jose Mourinho, as Rafa Benitez failed for the first time to follow in the footsteps of the special one. However, some might suggest that Gareth Bale had an easier than expected time against one of the best right backs and defenses in the world.
Chelsea 4 Napoli 1, March 14, 2012
There was nothing before or after this match during the Roberto Di Matteo reign that explained such a fantastic display of football from Chelsea, eventually going on to win the Champions League by a series of “park the bus” performances against Benfica, Barcelona and Bayern Munich.