Champions League double trouble as Aleksei and Anton Miranchuk face Sven and Lars Bender to become first pairs of twins to play against each other in Europe’s premier competition
- Lars Bender came on as a 90th-minute sub for Bayer Leverkusen in Russia
- He joined his brother Sven on the pitch against Lokomotiv Moscow on Tuesday
- Moscow were playing twins of their own – Aleksei and Anton Miranchuk
Bender’s introduction for Kerem Demirbay meant that, for the first time in Champions League history, there were twins playing for both sides.
As Lars joined brother Sven on Leverkusen’s side, brothers Aleksei and Anton Miranchuk were already on the pitch for Moscow.
Lars Bender’s late substitute appearance meant history was made in the Champions League
Bender featured alongside his brother Sven (above) and took on twins at Lokomotiv Moscow
Anton Miranchuk (left) and Aleksei Miranchuk (right) were playing for Locomotiv in the match
And it was the German duo who were celebrating when the full-time whistle was blown moments later as Leverkusen sealed a 2-0 victory.
There have been a number of twins to have shared a field in Champions League and Premier League history.
The most notable are arguably Fabio and Rafael Da Silva, who were at Manchester United together and won the Premier League.
(L-R) Ronald and Frank de Boer clocked 215 appearances overall in UEFA competitions
Jacob and Josh Murphy came through the ranks at Norwich together, while England’s Michael Keane, when he was at Hull, played against his brother Will.
In UEFA competitions, such as the Champions League and Europa League, the most renowned brothers are the Ronald and Frank De Boer, who clocked 215 appearances between them.
Lars and Sven Bender currently have an accumulative total of 90 games between them following Tuesday’s match in Russia.