LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 14:  Borussia Dortmund manager Thomas Tuchel shows his dejection as he walks off the pitch after his teams defeat during the UEFA Europa League quarter final second leg match between Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund at Anfield on April 14, 2016 in Liverpool, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

9 of the Best Matches From a Crazy Year of Football in 2016

2016 is close to drawing its final curtain, in a year which many are calling one of the worst ever. 


So forget the fact it feels like it dragged on for about 35 months, almost all the celebrities in the world seemed to die and some ridiculous viral trends took the world by storm (Damn Daniel was this year, can you believe it!?). 


Football, however, was a different kettle of fish, and 2016 has been one of the most mental years in the history of the sport. 


Here's nine of the best games that enthralled us this past year...

9. Argentina 0-0 Chile (2-4 on Pens)

Argentina started off the Copa Centenario with a 2-1 win over Chile to avenge their loss in the Copa America final just a year earlier, before the two met again in the final. 


Lionel Messi and co were looking to win the first bit of silverware for their country since 1993, but came unstuck against a fierce Chilean side. The game trickled into extra time and penalties, with the Barcelona star blasting his penalty over the bar before Lucas Biglia's penalty was saved and Francisco Silva scored the decisive kick. 


Messi then announced his retirement from the national team. Before changing his mind, obviously.  

8. Borussia Dortmund 8-4 Legia Warsaw

A latecomer to the game of the year contenders was Borussia Dortmund's thumping win over Legia Warsaw in late November, becoming the highest scoring game in Champions League history. 


There were seven goals in 22 first half minutes, whilst the Polish champions became the first team to score four times and not win in Europe's premier competition. As well as that, it was the first time in Champions League history that eight players scored in a single match. 


Truly mental...

7. Bayern Munich 4-2 Juventus (AET)

With the first leg of the last-16 clash delicately poised at 2-2, Juventus stormed into an early 2-0 lead at the Allianz Arena, with Juan Cuadrado's goal one of the finest you'll see. 


The Italian champions were looking for a third and looked good value for it before Robert Lewandowski's late header gave Bayern hope. 


Then in stoppage time, Thomas Muller's header forced the game into extra time, where two goals from Thiago and Kingsley Coman saw the Bavarians through in one of the most exciting Champions League games of all time. 

6. Norwich City 4-5 Liverpool

Any game with nine goals is bound to be one to remember, but it's impossible to forget the circumstances in which Liverpool claimed all three points in this crazy encounter at Norwich. 


The Reds found themselves 3-1 down before mounting a comeback which saw them go 4-3 up - but it looked to have come unstuck as Sebastien Bassong looked to have secured a point in the 92nd minute for the hosts. 


But it wasn't to be as Adam Lallana scored his first goal of the season right at the death to spark crazy scenes in which Jurgen Klopp had his glasses broken by Christian Benteke. He later claimed this was the reason he sold the Belgian, but we assume he was joking. 


What a game...

5. Chelsea 2-2 Tottenham

In what was dubbed the 'Battle of Stamford Bridge', Chelsea's 2-2 draw with Tottenham had everything - goals, drama and more yellow cards than ever before - with Spurs becoming the first team to receive nine yellows in a Premier League match. 


It was also the game which handed Leicester City an historic maiden title. 


The visitors went 2-0 up thanks to goals from Harry Kane and Son Heung-min as they looked to win for the first time at the Bridge for 26 years, but Gary Cahill pulled one back before Eden Hazard's curling effort saw the spoils shared before sparking pandemonium in west London and the Midlands...

4. Man City 1-3 Leicester City

This was the game that was meant to see Leicester's title bid come unstuck, but instead it was the one which made the footballing world stop and listen - the Foxes were genuine contenders. 


With just three points separating the sides at the top of the table, Robert Huth's early goal gave the visitors the lead before Mahrez netted and Huth added a third. City's late goal was nothing but a consolation, and Claudio Ranieri's men never looked back in the title race...

3. England 1-2 Iceland

As England fans, the less we say about this game, really, the better. Iceland shocked the footballing world (not us though, we knew we were bad) with a 2-1 win over the Three Lions at Euro 2016. 


It all seemed so straightforward for Roy Hodgson's men, especially after going 1-0 up, with a route to the quarter finals looking like a walk in the park. But the script was not written that way and Iceland, who had already won a place in the hearts of millions thanks to their plucky displays and energetic fans, scored two quick-fire goals to condemn England. 


Roy Hodgson duly stepped down after the full time whistle and was replaced by Sam Allardyce, who famously lead England to World Cup success*.


*may not have happened. 

2. Wales 3-1 Belgium

Wales, like Iceland, were one of the stories of Euro 2016.


The outsiders were given little or no chance of even progressing past the group stages, but ended making it to the semi finals. Their 3-1 win over pre-tournament favourites Belgium was the pick of the bunch, with the Welsh underdog story one of the greatest in football history. 


Radja Nainggolan's screamer put the Red Devils in the lead before Ashley Williams equalised. Hal Robson-Kanu, a free agent before the tournament, then scored one of the goals of the year, Cruyff turning and firing past Thibaut Courtois, before Sam Vokes sealed a famous win. 

1. Liverpool 4-3 Borussia Dortmund

Both teams featuring for a second time, but only Liverpool fans will want to remember this one as they overcame Dortmund after yet another European comeback in the Europa League. 


After the first leg finished 1-1, the Germans came to Anfield full of confidence and were sure to progress after going 2-0 up in the first 10-minutes. 


Divock Origi pulled one back but Marco Reus looked to have sealed it netting a few minutes later. But it was not to be. 


Philippe Coutinho and Mamadou Sakho both bagged a goal each to make it 4-4 on aggregate, but the Reds still needed one more to progress to the semi finals. Step up Dejan Lovren, who headed in the 91st minute to send the Reds fans, Jurgen Klopp and pretty much everyone into raptures. Unforgettable.