Champions League finals are the biggest fixture of the football season, but the showpiece events can often fail to live up to the expectations.

Matches can be low on goalmouth action, or are too one-sided and predictable, while others are damaged by the pre-match favourites taking an early lead.

Arsenal suffered an early red card when they faced Barcelona in 2006 but still took the lead, only to face the heart-break of conceding two late goals.

We take a look at the five worst Champions League finals of this century, that neutrals are more likely to have endured rather than enjoyed.

Milan 0-0 Juventus (3-2 on penalties), 2002-03

Neither David Trezeguet nor anyone else scored in the 2003 final

Italian champions Juventus clashed with rivals Milan at Old Trafford in only the second ever intra-national final of the competition, after Real Madrid’s win over Valencia three years earlier.

The stereotypes over Italy’s preferred defensive style of football were fulfilled in this dull encounter, free from regular goalmouth action.

The lack of goals should not have come as a surprise - two of Milan’s four knockout games had ended scoreless while five of their six matches in the second group stage featured just one goal.

Andriy Shevchenko’s early goal was ruled out as Rui Costa was adjudged to have blocked Gianluigi Buffon’s line of sight from an offside position, while Antonio Conte and Andrea Pirlo both hit the bar for their respective sides.

The lack of conviction carried on into a penalty shootout - with only five of the ten penalties finding the net with the Rossoneri edging out Juve 3-2.

Porto 3-0 Monaco, 2003-04

The 2004 final was a one-sided affair

This was a memorable Champions League campaign - Chelsea, Monaco and Deportivo La Coruna all reaching the semi-finals for the first time in their respective histories, alongside Portuguese outsiders FC Porto, managed by Jose Mourinho.

The final was itself a disappointment that was not memorable due to the gulf between the two sides.

Carlos Alberto opened the scoring for Mourinho’s side five minutes before the break then quickfire goals from Deco and Dmitri Alenichev sealed the deal in the second half.

Porto were far superior to the French outlet and the final was never in doubt.

Inter 2-0 Bayern Munich, 2009-10

A tactical masterclass from Jose Mourinho made for tedious final

Fast forward six years and Mourinho - via Chelsea - was back in the Champions League final, this time with Italian club Inter.

Similar to his success with Porto, this tournament was a tactical masterclass from the Portuguese boss who was now operating at the peak of his powers.

Just 26 goals went in across Inter’s 13 games in this competition including two scoreless draws against Barcelona - whom they faced in the group stages and then memorably ousted at the semi-final stage.

That was the defining game of this competition, with Inter winning 3-1 in Milan (with Barcelona’s journey via land due to a volcanic ash cloud postponing air travel) and then securing a clean sheet at the Camp Nou with ten men in an ultra-defensive display.

A double from Diego Milito was enough for Inter to defeat Louis Van Gaal’s Bayern Munich in the showpiece in a one-sided encounter, with the Italian side in control from start to finish in the Spanish capital.

This was not a vintage Bayern outfit, matching up against arguably Inter’s greatest ever side.

Barcelona 3-1 Manchester United, 2010-11

Pep Guardiola's Barcelona emerged triumphant over Man Utd at Wembley in 2011

This was the second time in three seasons that these two sides met in the final and Barcelona were two-goal victors on each occasion.

In 2009, both sides were the strongest in European football and were both dominant domestically in the continent’s two strongest leagues.

By 2011, United were significantly weaker - Cristiano Ronaldo was gone, as was Carlos Tevez, while Dimitar Berbatov was injured.

The austerity of the Glazer regime had taken hold while Pep Guardiola’s side were at their wonderful, irrepressible peak.

The Catalan club’s semi-final triumph over Real Madrid was the true decisive encounter in the tournament, with the 3-1 scoreline in the final unrepresentative of their huge dominance.

Wayne Rooney drew United level at Wembley after Pedro’s opener but it was only a matter of time before Barcelona’s dominance was shown on the scoreboard.

Lionel Messi and David Villa duly obliged in the second period as Guardiola’s side enjoyed a comfortable, dominant final quarter - 19 years on from their first trophy triumph at the same venue.

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Tottenham 0-2 Liverpool, 2018-19

Mohamed Salah's early penalty made the 2019 final a bit of a drab affair

Liverpool were notable favourites for this clash in Atletico Madrid’s Wanda Metropolitano stadium, with the outcome of the encounter never in doubt after a controversial early penalty.

Moussa Sissoko’s handled from Sadio Mane’s cross - before FIFA adjusted the handball rule for the following season, meaning the Frenchman would not have been punished - allowing Mohamed Salah to open the scoring in the second minute.

It was the first use of VAR in a Champions League final.

This was a memorable tournament for multiple reasons - Spurs enjoyed victories over Manchester City and Ajax in scarcely believable dramatic circumstances, while Liverpool’s comeback over Barcelona in the semi-finals was a monumental achievement and, in hindsight, the decisive match in their lifting of this year’s trophy.

Spurs were one goal behind in the final for 85 minutes but never truly looked like troubling Jurgen Klopp’s side, whose deserved victory was secured by Divock Origi’s strike three minutes from time. It was a game played in high humidity at the end of a tough, gruelling season.

Liverpool secured their sixth European title, but it was far from a memorable spectacle for neutrals.