Fantastic Five: Week 4

Sport

Oxford’s 3-1 rout of York City put the Us back where they belong.

We look at five other great victories.

5. Tottenham Hotspur 2 Arsenal 1 (1999).

Without wishing to take anything away from Spurs’ 2010 win over Arsenal, the one before that was even sweeter. This was a full strength side against a weakened Spurs, and Arsenal lost their heads, the match, and their title (by a single point).

4. Real Madrid 4 Barcelona 1 (2008).

On the back of a woeful season, Barcelona travelled to their greatest rivals and newly-crowned champions Real Madrid and were duly humiliated.

3. Manchester United 0 Arsenal 1 (2002).

Winning the title is always special. But taking it from one of your greatest rivals. in their own home, after having out-played, out-passed and out-fought them is even better.

2. Fulham 4 Juventus 1 (2010).

While Fulham’s cup run ended in heartache, the ‘miracle of Craven Cottage’ deserves to live on in the memory.

1. Liverpool 1 Reading 2 (2010).

When Championship struggles travelled to Liverpool, pundits joked that the Thames Valley club was the only team in the country in worse form than the stuttering juggernaut. A Steve Gerrard deflection put the Reds one goal to the good. But a 90th minute penalty was coolly put away by Gylfi Sigurdsson and in extra time, after Brynjar Gunnarsson nutmegged Insua, Shane Long headed the winner in front of the Kop. Things have only got better for the Royals; for Liverpool less so.