- Aug 13, 2008
I thought Liverpool v Arsenal was more thrilling than the Chelsea v Liverpool game and would have like to have seen a certain Chelsea 1-1 Southend in there too... I shall dream onfootball365.com said:10) Aston Villa 3 Everton 3 (Premier League, April 12)
Though marginally not the best game these two played out this season, this one was still a cracker and serves to illustrate that there's barely a cigarette paper between the Europa League-bound pair. Everton had the best of the opening exchanges and raced to a 2-0 lead through Marouane Fellaini and Tim Cahill. Villa belatedly woke up and John Carew made it 2-1 before the break, with Martin O'Neill's men continuing in the same vein after the break. But Steven Pienaar's magnificent curler was an against-the-play beauty and seemed to have sealed all three points for the Toffees. But it was not to be - James Milner and Gareth Barry making it 3-3. The only disappointment is that there were no goals in the final 34 minutes. Boo.
9) Chelsea 4 Bolton 3 (Premier League, April 11)
With Chelsea 4-0 up after 63 minutes, Guus Hiddink hauled off Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba assuming that it was job done - eyes, hearts and minds could now turn to Liverpool and the Champions League. Except Chelsea (and Petr Cech) proceeded to fall apart and conceded three goals in eight minutes that went from consolation, to regaining some pride to 'bloody hell, get the ball, we can do this'. They couldn't, but the final few minutes were frantic as the Blues failed to deal with the Trotters' long punts towards Kevin Davies. If nothing else, it gave Liverpool the belief to set up no 1) in this list.
8) Manchester City 2 Liverpool 3 (Premier League, October 5)
Rafa Benitez could not help mentioning Istanbul in the wake of this game after the Reds overhauled a half-time 2-0 deficit to win the game 3-2. They were helped by a red card for Pablo Zabaleta but they still had plenty to do, with 23 minutes left on the clock to score two goals when the Argentine went off. Fernando Torres was inspired but it was Dirk Kuyt who was the eventual injury-time hero with the winner. Five goals, a red card and two horrendous misses from Robinho and then Torres made this a classic.
7) Stoke 3 Aston Villa 2 (Premier League, August 23)
The game that signalled the arrival of the Britannia Stadium and Rory Delap's throw into the Premier League. The Potters took the lead three times and the third - deep into injury time - proved decisive as Villa failed to deal with a Delap hurl. But if this game showcased the worst/most effective of Stoke, it also showcased the best. Ricardo Fuller scored a beauty of a goal with control, turn and finish that would not have looked out of place at any stadium in the top flight. It added a touch of style to a game otherwise low on that, but high on atmosphere and thrills.
6) Manchester United 3 Aston Villa 2 (Premier League, April 5)
When Ronaldo opened the scoring against a supposedly out-of-form Villa, it looked like the start of a routine victory. But that would be failing to appreciate the damage that Martin O'Neill's men could do to a defence that featured John O'Shea, Jonny Evans and Gary Neville. The Neviller had a game to forget as he was given the run-around by Gaby Agbonlahor before being outjumped by John Carew for Villa's equaliser, which precipitated a move to right-back and an hour of fun for Ashley Young. To cut a long story short, Villa took a deserved lead against a very poor United team. If the equaliser from Ronaldo was harsh on Villa, then the winner - an instant classic from Federico Macheda - was a heartbreaker.
5) Burnley 3-2 Tottenham (Carling Cup, January 21)
Anyone who backed Burnley to go through from this semi-final at 100/1 after they lost the opening leg 4-1 must have had a) a massive amount of belief and b) the longest 120 minutes of their lives. After 73 minutes Burnley had moved to within one goal of a very lethargic Spurs thanks to the inspired Robbie Blake and Chris McCann. Jay Rodriguez climbed off the bench and pounced on a Ben Alnwick fumble to send the game into extra-time. Spurs finally woke up and after 118 minutes, Roman Pavulychenko scored for a Spurs side that were an embarrassment to their fans. There was just time for Jermain Defoe to grab the last of the night to save Spurs' considerable blushes. Bullet dodged.
4) Everton 2 Aston Villa 3 (Premier League, December 7)
The scoring began just 31 seconds into the game and ended roughly 31 seconds before the end in a clash between the Premier League's chasing Gang of Two. A piledriver from Steve Sidwell opened the scoring but Everton's equaliser from Joleon Lescott was both deserved and probably an inadequate reward for their domination. A Everton winner looked certain but a rare lapse from Phil Jagielka let in Ashley Young and Villa had an undeserved lead. Justice seemed to have prevailed when Lescott hit an injury-time equaliser but Martin Atkinson found a few more seconds on the clock for Ashley Young to produce a stunning winner. It was little consolation to David Moyes that his team had taken part in a cracker.
3) Arsenal 4 Tottenham 4 (Premier League, October 29)
Available for £9.78 on the Tottenham website, the DVD unfortunately does not include the celebration of the watching Jamie Redknapp, who finally put his legs together to jump up and go mental at the exploits of his dad's team. Spurs fans will do well to watch David Bentley's stunning opener and then forward-wind to the 89th minute, with Spurs 4-2 down, outclassed and seemingly broken. Goals from Jermaine Jenas and Aaron Lennon later and 'Arry looks like a genius and Tottenham have a new song to sing.
2) Liverpool 4 Arsenal 4 (Premier League, April 22)
It's too soon after the event to waste your time with a rundown of the events at Anfield, but what was brilliant about this game was that every single goal was significant. The Gunners led three times and Liverpool once in a match which saw the very worst in defending and the very best in attacking play. You know the stats - Andrey Arshavin had four shots and scored four goals while Liverpool had 23 attempts and scored exactly the same amount. You couldn't take your eyes off it for a second and if Kaka and co were watching, they will have been straight on the phone to their agents.
1) Chelsea 4 Liverpool 4 (Champions League, April 14)
Breathtaking. Ridiculous. Bonkers. This wins solely because the prize was so great - not the small matter of three points but a place in the Champions League semi-finals. You know the details - Liverpool were as long as 12/1 to go through after a 3-1 first-leg defeat at Anfield but were 2-0 up on the night after just 28 minutes. Chelsea looked vulnerable and messy until Pepe Reina dropped a monumentel b***ock and gifted Didier Drogba a goal. Two more Chelsea goals later and the game was over at 6-3 on aggregate. Except it wasn't because just after Benitez had taken off Fernando Torres, Liverpool scored two quickfire goals to leave themselves needing just one goal in eight minutes. Truly mental scenes followed until Lampard put the game to bed on the break. And breathe...