With the Stade de Marseille hosting the 2020 Heineken Champions Cup final, we look back at the two European Cup semi-finals held at the stadium.
2014: RC Toulon 24 Munster Rugby 16
Toulon captain Jonny Wilkinson kicked 21 points as the defending champions inched closer to a second successive European Cup after victory over a battling Munster side.
Four penalties and a drop–goal from the former England international, as well as a long-range three-pointer from full-back Delon Armitage, gave the French side a nine-point lead at the interval.
The Irish province briefly got to within two points of Toulon after a try from wing Simon Zebo was converted by fly-half Ian Keatley, but Toulon sealed victory and a spot in the final with two further penalties from Wilkinson.
Toulon went on to clinch a second consecutive European Cup with a comfortable 23-6 victory over Saracens at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.
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2015: RC Toulon 25 Leinster Rugby 20 (AET)
In a Champions Cup blockbuster, Toulon needed extra time to squeeze past Leinster and reach a third European Cup final thanks to a superb interception try from wing Bryan Habana.
The two sides traded eight penalties in normal time, with four successful three-pointers from Toulon full-back Leigh Halfpenny being cancelled out by four from Leinster centre Ian Madigan to leave the score deadlocked at 12-12 after 80 minutes.
Halfpenny then put Toulon back in front with his fifth penalty and they grabbed the decisive try soon afterwards as Habana intercepted a cross–field pass from Madigan on the halfway line and sprinted clear to give the French side an unassailable lead.
Halfpenny converted the try and added a penalty, but Leinster hit back via Madigan’s fifth penalty and a try from Leinster flanker Sean O’Brien, who dotted down after a ferocious driving maul.
However, Madigan missed the conversion and Toulon were able to pin their opponents back and hold on for a famous victory.
The French side were again victorious in the showpiece final, defeating ASM Clermont Auvergne 24-18 at Twickenham.
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