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England makes history with four clubs in both European finals

England makes history with four clubs in both European finals

ADRIAN DENNIS

AFP

For the first time in history, the four finalists that make up the Champions League and Europa League finals will come from the same country.

Liverpool, Tottenham, Chelsea and Arsenal have made history by making England the first country ever to have four representatives in the Champions League and Europa League finals in a single season.

On Tuesday, Liverpool were the first club to book their place in the Champions League 2019 final, as they stunned Barcelona at Anfield to overturn a 3-0 deficit from the first leg, scoring four goals to go through 4-3 on aggregate.

On Wednesday, Mauro Pochettino’s Spurs pulled off a come-back of arguably greater magnitude against Ajax in Amsterdam. After having gone 3-0 down on aggregate following two first-half goals by the Dutch side, Spurs scored three away goals in the second half to secure their first-ever appearance in a Champions League/European Cup final.

Chelsea-Arsenal make Europa League final an all-London affair

On Thursday, a hat-trick from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and an Alexandre Lacazette strike saw Arsenal win 4-2 at Valencia (7-3 on aggregate) to become the first team to reach the 2019 Europa League final.

Meanwhile, Chelsea had a much more difficult task in overcoming Eintrecht Frankfurt at Stamford Bridge, in a game that went all the way to penalties, with Eden Hazard converting the final spot-kick to win the shootout 4-3. 

Liverpool and Spurs will now battle it out in the first all-English Champions League final since 2008, when Manchester United beat Chelsea on penalties to secure their third European Cup title.

Chelsea and Arsenal, meanhwhile, will make up the first all-English Europa League/UEFA Cup final since 1972, when Tottenham beat Wolves over two legs to become the inaugural winners of the newly formed competition.