MasterCard conducted a survey of European football fans ahead of the competition's final between Chelsea and Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena on Saturday
MasterCardasked 1246 people which matches they believed were the best and most memorable in the Uefa competition’s history.
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The Reds’ triumph on penalties in Istanbul came after the Merseyside club were 3-0 down at half-time and needed a Steven Gerrard-inspired six-minute scoring spree to level the match.
That incredible victory came ahead of the second-placed 2002 final, when Zinedine Zidane scored a spectacular volley to win the prestigious trophy for Real Madrid against Bayer Leverkusen.
In third is Manchester United’s epic two-goal comeback in stoppage-time to conquer this year’s Champions League finalists Bayern Munich 2-1.
The German giants feature heavily in the list, with their 2010 final defeat to Inter Milan and 2001 triumph on penalties over Valencia also appearing.
Chelsea, Bayern’s opponents on Saturday night at their home stadium in Munich, feature twice in the list, although neither clash is a final.
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Their 2009 semi-final clash with Barcelona at Stamford Bridge is ranked tenth, while their quarter-final loss at Napoli this season is voted ninth.
Last year’s final - Barcelona's comfortable 3-1 victory over Sir Alex Ferguson's Manchester United - takes sixth spot.
Read the Top 10 list in full below:
1. Final 2005: Liverpool and the miracle of Istanbul
2. Final 2002: Zinedine Zidane's volley against Bayer Leverkusen
3. Final 1999: Manchester United secure the treble against Bayern Munich
4. Final 2010: Saturday Night Fever for Inter Milan
5. Final 2001: Bayern Munich Bounce Back
6. Final 2011: Barcelona outclasses Manchester United
7. Final 1996: A Triumph for “The Old Lady”
8. Final 1997: Record Breaking Ricken
9. Quarter-final 2012: Chelsea Caught Napping by Napoli
10. Semi-final 2009: The Battle of Stamford Bridge –Barcelona vs Chelsea