Group stage, 2000-01

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List all of the es­sen­tial in­gre­di­ents for a group-stage clas­sic. An early goal? A keeper scor­ing? A thrilling come­back? A late and con­tentious equaliser? Tony Ye­boah?

Just five rea­sons why Ham­burg’s 4-4 draw against Carlo Ancelotti’s Ju­ven­tus de­serves myth­i­cal sta­tus. Igor Tu­dor’s sixth-minute header – and ma­ni­a­cal cel­e­bra­tion in which the Croat ran half the length of the pitch – set the tone for a see-saw en­counter with former Leeds hero Ye­boah in the thick of it. When the home Ham­burg keeper Hans-Jorg Butt lev­elled from the spot for 3-3 with 18 min­utes re­main­ing – af­ter a bizarrely stut­ter­ing run-up for a man who had scored nine times in the pre­vi­ous cam­paign – still the game was not done. Nor when Niko Ko­vac tapped in from six yards in the 82nd minute. Luck­ily for Ju­ven­tus, grav­ity failed Filippo In­za­ghi in­side the penalty area with two min­utes to go af­ter a shirt pull. The front­man dusted him­self down and se­cured a first 4-4 draw in the Cham­pi­ons League.

Ham­burg boss Frank Pagels­dorf said at full-time: “It’s not of­ten that you are in a po­si­tion to over­turn a 3-1 score­line against a club like Ju­ven­tus. But the play­ers put in a great per­for­mance and they won’t for­get that one in a hurry.”

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