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5 GREAT FOOTBALL COMEBACKS

Posted on 14 March, 2017

WORDS BY MARCUS RAYMOND 

Last Wednesday, Barcelona pulled off one of the most dramatic turnarounds ever witnessed in football.
 
4-0 down after the first leg of this Champions League tie, they scored three goals in the final seven minutes of the second leg to beat PSG 6-1.

This meant that they won 6-5 on aggregate and advanced to the next round.
 

Championed as being one of the greatest nights in football history, the Spanish titans did what no club before them has managed - to come back from four goals down in a European Cup game.

This was a moment so good, it made Gary Lineker clap like a seal, Michael Owen did an awkward lap of the studio, and Rio Ferdinand shouted really fucking loud:

Here we look at five other amazing comebacks from the football history books.
 

Liverpool 3-3 AC Milan

In the 2005 Champions League Final, Liverpool were 3-0 down at half time.
 
In an incredible six-minute spell in the second half, goals from Gerrard, Smicer and Alonso pulled them level before the match even reached the hour-mark.
 
Still neck-and-neck come the end of extra time, the Reds held their nerve in the penalty shoot-out - goalkeeper Jerzy Dudek saved Andriy Shevchenko’s spot kick to win the game and spark wild celebrations in Istanbul.
 

Manchester City 3-2 Queens Park Rangers

On the last day of the 2012 Premier League season, City scored twice in stoppage time to take home the title for the first time in 44 years.
 
In the most dramatic end to a Premiership campaign, a winning goal at the death from Sergio Aguero triggered bedlam in the home ends.
 
Bitter rivals Manchester United had an eight-point advantage at the top of the table with five weeks to go. United looked to be cruising towards their 20th Premier League title, but City started to claw things back.
 
United won their final game of the season at Sunderland and by full time thought they’d got both hands on the trophy. But news filtered through of the remarkable turnaround at the Etihad, meaning City stole it from under their noses with two last-gasp goals.
 
Sir Alex didn’t know what to do with himself:

Manchester United 2-1 Bayern Munich
 
In the Champions League final in 1999, Bayern led 1-0 from the 6th to the 90th minute.  
But injury time goals for United, from substitutes Teddy Sheringham and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, secured them the treble –European Cup, Premiership and FA Cup, a feat that no English club had achieved before.
 
Mali 4-4 Angola
 
With 11 minutes left in a 2010 African Cup of Nations game, Angola were 4-0 up.
 
Mali then did the impossible and pulled it back to 4-4.
 
The internet was awash with stories that a British student had placed an in-play bet of £4,400 – his entire student loan – on Angola to cruise to victory whilst it was 4-0.
 
Standing to win just £44 extra, this unthinkable turnaround shattered the poor lad’s dreams of ever drinking a Jagerbomb again.


Motherwell 6-6 Hibernian
 
6-2 up with about 25 minutes to go, Hibs thought they had it sewn up.
 
Four late goals from the Europa League challengers Motherwell then turned this into the most riveting match Scottish football has probably ever seen.
 
This twelve-goal thriller in 2010 was the highest scoring match in the history of the Scottish Premiership.

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