Football is arguably one of the greatest games known to men. It has produced some of the talented names we have in human history, the richest professionals, the biggest rivalries and possibly the best unifier of nations. Football matches are held in thousands of stadiums in some of the biggest tournaments in the soccer world. It is always a bad feeling when your team loses a crucial match, but how would you feel when at the dying minutes of the game? What will be your reaction when all hope is lost and you know you’ve lost the game and suddenly your team works magic and turns the game around for a surprise win?
Here are 10 of the greatest football comebacks in history.
1. Blackpool vrs Bolton Wanderers 1953 FA CUP FINAL
In 1953, Bolton Wanderers faced Blackpool in the finals of the FA Cup. Held at the Wembley stadium, Blackpool were down by 3-1. By the 89th minute, things had not changed much. With a minute left to go, Blackpool overturned the score by scoring twice. In extra time, they scored again to win the title. What a match!
2. Milan vrs Deportivo La Coruna 2004 Champions League
AC Milan had won the previous Champions league and probably were hoping to consolidate their football prowess by retaining the title that year. They proved this by giving a weaker Spanish side, Deportivo La Coruna a 4-1 thumping at San Siro.
In the return leg, the host dashed the hopes of a rather disorganized Milan with quick goals from Walter Pandiani, Juan Carlos Valeron, Luque Albert and a late goal from the captain of Deportivo, Fran sealed the victory, knocking Milan painfully from the tournament with 5-4 on aggregate.
3. Manchester City vrs 2019 Ajax Champions League
Spurs were down by two goals to Ajax in the first half of their second leg, which meant they needed three goals in the second half to advance to the finals. The second tie started and looked like it was going to end in a stalemate. Lucas Moura pulled a second-half hat trick, including an unbelievable goal deep into stoppage time, to give Spurs the 3-2 win in the game, and a spot in the Champions League Final.
4. Liverpool vrs Barcelona 2019 Champions League
In the 2019 Champions League semifinals, Liverpool was trounced 3-0 by Barcelona on the road. They headed home without two of their best players, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino, for a second leg that many thought was just an afterthought. Instead, the Reds stunned Barcelona, winning 4-0 at home and taking the tie. They went on to win the Champions League.
5. Liverpool vrs Milan 2005 Champions League Finals
Liverpool are the Kings when it comes to comebacks. Liverpool are not done until the whistle says so. In the history of soccer comebacks, the Miracle in Istanbul is one of the first games that comes to mind. The Reds were facing AC Milan in the Championship League Final taking place in Turkey. Milan dominated the first half of this 2005 matchup, going up 3-0. Somehow Liverpool regrouped and scored three goals in the second half. Then they took home the title with a victory in the penalty kick shootout.
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