Most embarrassing Champions League moments three years on from Karius nightmare

Loris Karius has spent time away from Liverpool rebuilding his career since he cost them a fair shot at Champions League glory in 2018 with two unfortunate blunders.

The German goalkeeper rolled the ball into the foot of Karim Benzema for the opening goal of their encounter in Ukraine, then allowing Gareth Bale a second goal with what should've been a comfortable save.

While there has been sympathy for the 27-year-old as he tries to turn his career around, he isn't the first to have a nightmare during the biggest game in club football.

Daily Star Sport have taken a look at five moments that will not be fondly remembered by those involved, two of which involve team collapses from rather comfortable positions.

Sissoko blunder

The year after the notorious Karius final, Liverpool got another chance to claim a sixth European Cup victory while taking on Tottenham in Madrid.

While Spurs were always the underdogs, the returning Harry Kane and threat of Son Heung-min, Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli meant the match wasn't a foregone conclusion.

However, Moussa Sissoko inadvertently put his side on the backfoot after just a minute by giving away a penalty for a rather clumsy handball inside the area.

Mohamed Salah accepted the gift, with Divock Origi ensuring the triumph just before full-time.

Drogba slap

The previous all-English Champions League final was contested by Chelsea and Manchester United in 2008, with Cristiano Ronaldo and Didier Drogba facing off in Moscow.

The match was tightly contested following strikes from Ronaldo and Frank Lampard, but the Red Devils were handed an advantage just minutes before the penalty shoot out.

Drogba lashed out at Nemanja Vidic and was sent off by Slovenian ref Lubos Michel, forcing John Terry into taking the fifth penalty of the night which proved decisive.

Terry slip

Terry had the chance to make Chelsea European Champions for the first time in their history on that night in Moscow, but he slipped at the vital moment and his spot kick hit the post.

The former England skipper had to watch on as Giggs put United in control in sudden death, with Nicolas Anelka missing and the game going the way of Sir Alex Ferguson's men.

Terry was understandably left in floods of tears following the defeat, but he did go on to lift the trophy in 2012 despite being suspended for the final.

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Bayern fold

In what remains one of the most memorable comebacks in Champions League history, United scored twice in the additional time at the end of the 90 to clinch a historic treble.

The goals from Teddy Sheringham and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who were both second-half substitutes, came after Bayern had left for 85 minutes following Mario Basler's opener.

While United look on the victory as one of the finest days in their history, Bayern have been somewhat bitter in their responses to the defeat in Barcelona.

Lothar Matthaus commented that "it was not the best team that won but the luckiest".

Milan capitulate

In a similar fashion, AC Milan capitulated against Liverpool in Istanbul to throw away a 3-0 half-time lead and end up losing in a penalty shoot-out.

Paolo Maldini grabbed the opening goal after just a minute of the first-half, with Hernan Crespo grabbing a brace before the break to put the Italian giants in cruise control.

Steve Gerrard rallied the troops at the break and got one back himself after 54 minutes, with Vladimir Smicer and Xabi Alonso levelling the tie on the hour mark.

With Serginho, Andrea Pirlo and Andriy Shevchenko all missing penalties, Liverpool lifted the trophy.

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