Foot­ball’s 9 Great­est Ever Come­backs

Fol­low­ing New England Pa­tri­ots’ in­spir­ing come­back to win the Su­per Bowl, a look at some mem­o­rable foot­balling fight­backs...

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MI­LAN 3-3 LIVER­POOL (2005)

Rafael Ben­itez may have left An­field un­der a cloud but even his fiercest crit­ics would have to con­cede that Is­tan­bul 2005 was an epic achieve­ment. Mi­lan took the lead in­side a minute and were three-up by half-time, prompt­ing some Reds fans to leave the Ataturk Sta­dium. At half-time Ben­itez mapped out Liver­pool’s strat­egy for the sec­ond 45 min­utes. He ini­tially had planned to send out 12 play­ers be­fore Jamie Car­ragher pointed out his er­ror! In six crazy min­utes the match was all square and the Reds even­tu­ally ran out win­ners in a penalty shoot-out.

MONACO 3-1 REAL MADRID (5-5 AGG) (2004)

Real were on course to progress into the semi-fi­nal stage of the Cham­pi­ons League, lead­ing Ligue 1 side Monaco 5-2 on ag­gre­gate, be­fore Lu­di­vic Gi­uly pulled one back for Los Blan­cos. Fer­nando Mori­entes made it 2-1 on the night and 5-4 on ag­gre­gate, with Gi­uly lev­el­ling the game and send­ing Monaco through on away goals with a clever back­heel.

LIVER­POOL 4-3 DORT­MUND (5-4 AGG) (2016)

Liver­pool staged one of the most dra­matic come­backs An­field, and the Europa Leag ue, has ever seen to over­come Jur­gen Klopp’s former side Borus­sia Dort­mund and reach the semi-fi­nal stage of the com­pe­ti­tion. A 1-1 draw in the first meet­ing in Ger­many was fol­lowed by two early goals from Thomas Tuchel’s side, putting the Bun­desliga club into a 3-1 ag­gre­gate lead. Divock Origi pulled one back for the Reds be­fore Marco Reus looked to have put the tie to bed, be­fore Philippe Coutinho, Ma­madou Sakho and a last-gasp De­jan Lovren goal snatched the semi-fi­nal spot from Dort­mund.


Hav­ing seen been 3-0 down at half time in the Copa del Rey quar­ter-fi­nal, Barcelona mountedasen­sa­tion­al­come­back­with­goals from Luis Figo and Ron­aldo. Fol­low­ing the tie,ElMun­doDe­portivode­scribedthe­come­back as the “most vi­brant, emo­tional and spec­tac­u­lar match of re­cent years”.


Un­beat­enin32games­theWorldCupseemed des­tined for Hun­gary when the teams met again in Berne’s fi­nal. De­spite not be­ing fully fit Ferenc Puskas put Hun­gary in the lead in the sixth minute and team-mate Zoltan Cz­i­bor made it two mo­ments later. Thanks to a cer­tain Adi Dassler the Ger­man team switched to longer studs which suited the soggy turf and their prepa­ra­tion paid off as Hel­mut Rahn an­gled in the win­ner with six min­utes to play.


Against Bay­ern Mu­nich in the fi­nal the Red Devils were out­played and en­joyed sev­eral slices of luck as the Bavar­i­ans twice hit the wood­work in the sec­ond half. Then English com­men­ta­tor Clive Tyldes­ley asked: “Can Manchester United score? They al­ways score.” United pro­vided the an­swer with in- jury time strikes from Teddy Sher­ing­ham and Ole Gun­nar Sol­sk­jaer seal­ing an im­prob­a­ble vic­tory.


Bun­desliga giants Bay­ern led com­fort­ably at half time, with a dou­ble from Bernd Gers­dorff and a Gerd Muller goal be­fore half time. Muller then scored on the other side of the break but Bay­ern were pow­er­less to a Kaiserslautern on- slaught, with six goals from the host in just 30 min­utes.


Sampdoria took the lead just be­fore half­time­and­had­toen­dure­anIn­teron­slaugh­tin thesec­ond­half.As­thegameen­tered­its­fi­nal 10 min­ute­san equaliser­looked­likely­but­the vis­i­torsrippedupthe­scrip­tand­scoredasec­ond. Cue a mass ex­o­dus from the home sup­port,but­the­dra­mawa­son­lyget­tingstarted. In­spired by sub­sti­tute Al­varo Re­coba, who mo­mentsear­lier­hads­mackedthe­p­ost,In­ter pulled one back through Obafemi Martins af­ter an as­sist from the Uruguayan. In in­jury time Chris­tian Vieri made it 2-2 be­fore that man Re­coba smashed home the win­ner with a per­fect left foot drive.


There are plenty of peo­ple in England who will tell you that the Three Lions’ 1970 team was bet­ter than their 1966 win­ners. A re­match with West Ger­many was al­ways go­ing to be tasty in the sear­ing Mex­i­can heat four years later. England made light of the con­di­tions and were two goals to the good with just un­der 20 min­utes to go. West Ger­many pulled one back through Franz Beck­en­bauer and mo­ments later England man­ager Alf Ram­sey sub­sti­tuted Bobby Charl­ton. Uwe Seeler made it 2-2 with a loop­ing header and the match headed for ex­tra­time­whereGerdMuller­com­plet­edthe­fight­back with a close range vol­ley.

Liver­pool won Cham­pi­ons League in 2005

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