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Champions League: Manchester City's win over Bayern Munich one of the best in European history

Manchester City produced one of the greatest performances in Champions League history on Tuesday, blowing Bayern Munich away with a 3-0 win at the Etihad.

The pair's quarter-final first leg was billed as the initial contest in a double-header between the competition's two most free-flowing sides. However, barring a spell early in the second half, the Citizens' defence kept Bayern Munich at bay to provide the platform for their attackers to run riot.

Rodri opened the scoring with a cultured curling effort from the edge of the area before Bernardo Silva hammered a header home and Erling Haaland netted his 45th goal of the season courtesy of an assist from the excellent John Stones.

Manchester City are now 10/11 to win their maiden Champions League title but will need to be wary of a wounded Bayern, who still have the likes of Jamal Musiala, Joshua Kimmich and Leroy Sane to call upon.

Thomas Tuchel's team are 7/4 to win next Wednesday's return game at the Allianz Arena but will need a minor miracle to progress to the semi-finals, with the Citizens 28/1 to repeat Tuesday's Correct Score in Bavaria.

City's display at a wet and windy Etihad ranks among the best in Champions League history, and here is a countdown of the greatest-ever showings since the European Cup was revamped in 1992.

5. Borussia Dortmund 4-1 Real Madrid - April 2013

Not the last time a Jurgen Klopp side will appear on this list, a Robert Lewandowski-inspired Borussia Dortmund destroyed Real Madrid 4-1 in North Rhine-Westphalia.

The Pole scored all four of his side's goals, with a Cristiano Ronaldo strike all current holders Los Blancos, 6/1 To Win Outright in 2022/23, could muster.

Dortmund held firm for much of the return game of their semi-final in the Bernabeu, with late strikes from Karim Benzema and Sergio Ramos leading to late tension but the then-German champions held on for a 4-3 aggregate victory.

However, they would lose to old foes Bayern in the showpiece, with Arjen Robben netting the decisive goals in his side's third final in four years.

4. Barcelona 6-1 Paris Saint-Germain - March 2017

All looked lost for Barcelona as they returned to Camp Nou following a 4-0 humbling in the first leg, but after falling out with his full-backs on the back of the defeat in Paris, Luis Enrique went on the attack.

Lionel Messi played a withdrawn role in what was essentially a 3-3-4 and Luis Suarez opened the scoring after just four minutes.

Barca brought the aggregate score back to 4-3 before Edinson Cavani scored what looked like an insurmountable away goal just after the hour.

The Blaugrana continued to batter their Parisian visitors and Neymar made it 5-5 on aggregate with a 91st-minute penalty before one of the villains of the first leg, Sergi Roberto, smashed home to make it 6-5 on aggregate and complete La Remontada (the comeback).

Enrique's side rode their luck, with Angel Di Maria missing a key chance late on and referee Deniz Aytekin later criticised for giving them two penalties.

However, Enrique's bravery in throwing caution to the wind was rewarded as his team produced one of the greatest showings in Champions League history.

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3. AC Milan 4-0 Barcelona - May 1994

Barcelona have been on the end of their own fair share of defeats and their 4-0 reverse against AC Milan in the 1993/94 final has to be on a list like this.

Despite being without the likes of Franco Baresi and Alessandro Costacurta through suspension, and UEFA's three non-national player rule robbing them of Jean-Pierre Papin, the Rosseneri, 20/1 To Win Outright in 2022/23, were magnificent in Athens.

Fabio Capello's usually defensive side outplayed Johan Cruyff's 'Dream Team', themselves without the player Cappello feared the most, Michael Laudrup, due to the regulations, with a first-half Daniele Massaro double and second-half strikes from Dejan Savicevic and Marcel Desailly guiding them to a convincing 4-0 win.

Milan themselves have been on the wrong end of such performances, losing to Deportivo la Coruna in 2004 and Liverpool in 2005 but the way they battled adversity to bounce back from losing the previous year's final was the mark of a great team.

The seven-time winners are back in the business end of this competition, with them 8/5 to get the Full Time Result against Napoli when the Serie A sides meet in the first leg of their quarter-final on Wednesday.

2. Manchester City 3-0 Bayern Munich - April 2023

It would be unfair not to include City's showing on Tuesday, with the English champions excellent to a man.

Not only were they fluent with the ball, defenders Stones, Manuel Akanji, Ruben Dias and Nathan Ake were all excellent without it.

They even improved after Kevin De Bruyne's withdrawal due to an ankle knock, with replacement Julian Alvarez helping to pin Bayern back.

The only fear for Guardiola and his side will be that they may have peaked too early in their quest for the club's maiden Champions League crown.

1. Liverpool 4-0 Barcelona - May 2019

The result City will be most wary of is this one and the best performance in Champions League history.

Liverpool trailed 3-0 from the first leg of their semi-final against Barcelona but roared past the Blaugrana thanks to braces from Divock Origi and Georginio Wijnaldum.

The Reds were rampant at Anfield and Bayern's fans will need to produce a similar atmosphere to inspire their troops next Wednesday.

Klopp's side went on to complete the job, beating Tottenham 2-0 in the final in Madrid.

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