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Greatest UEFA Champions League comebacks have been revealed - Top 5

5 - Deportivo La Coruna 4-0 AC Milan (agg 5-4)

Playing against the European champions, Deportivo had already sprung one surprise as they went 1-0 up in the first leg in Milan back in 2004.

The Italian giants promptly put things right with a 4-1 win, and began to ready themselves for the semi-finals. After all, no side had ever come from three goals down to win a Champions League knock-out tie.

Clearly, nobody had told Deportivo. They were level before half-time.

Walter Pandiani, Juan Carlos Valeron and Albert Luque scored as the Spaniards ran rings around AC Milan, with Fran winning it in the second with a deflected effort off Cafu.

Rui Costa almost dug Milan out of their hole with a powerful strike from range late on, but Jose Molina pulled off a stunning save to preserve his side’s lead and seal their progress to the semis.

Deportivo coach Javier Irureta had prayed for a miracle and got one. Honouring a promise, he later made a pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela in thanks.

4 - Ajax 2-3 Tottenham (agg 3-3, Tottenham win on away goals)

This was a semi-final comeback in 2019 that really did seem to come from nowhere. Tottenham were second-best in the first leg and most of the second, 3-0 down at half-time and without Harry Kane.

Ajax had already beaten Real Madrid and Juventus and looked on course for a mouth-watering final with Liverpool, but the introduction of Fernando Llorente at half-time changed the game as Spurs' other forwards pivoted around him.

Dele Alli released Lucas Moura to side-foot home 10 minutes into the second half, and the Brazilian kept his composure to find space in a crowded penalty area and grab a second just moments later.

Hakim Ziyech fired against the base of the post with 12 minutes to play before Ajax academy graduate Jan Vertonghen headed off the bar at the other end.

Erik ten Hag’s vibrant young side were feeling the pressure of Ajax’s long and proud history in Europe, and eventually they buckled.

Five minutes and one second into stoppage time, Moussa Sissoko lumped the ball forwards, Llorente brought it down, Alli poked it through and Lucas found the bottom corner.

Mauricio Pochettino celebrated like a man who had guided his club to the greatest night in their history, and rightly so.

3 - Liverpool 4-0 Barcelona (agg 4-3)

Lionel Messi knew the job wasn’t done. With Barca 3-0 up at home in stoppage time, he collapsed to the turf in dismay when Ousmane Dembele lifted a weak finish into the arms of Alisson with the goal at his mercy.

This Barcelona team had a soft core, and its best player knew it. Even after a dominating personal performance and one of the most iconic free-kicks ever scored, Messi must surely have had a nagging doubt in his mind as he took to the Anfield turf for the second leg of the 2018-19 semi-final.

Divock Origi, Liverpool’s enigmatic man for the biggest moments, scored early to see Jurgen Klopp’s side leading at the break, but two more goals were needed.

“We score, Liverpool need FIVE - and we're going to get at least one... agreed?” was the rallying call from Barca’s official Twitter account.

They were wrong. The sight of Georginio Wijnaldum trotting off the bench would become the stuff of legend for Liverpool fans as he levelled the scores with two goals in three minutes.

Barca were crumbling, Messi shackled, his team-mates wilting around him, and then Liverpool won a corner. Trent Alexander-Arnold, with a flash of genius, took it quickly, and Origi lifted it into the roof of the net. Luis Suarez’ scrappy early opener got Camp Nou believing.

A comical Layvin Kurzawa own goal and Lionel Messi penalty either side of the break brought Barca right back into it, before Edinson Cavani thumped in a stunning away goal to leave the hosts needing three more.

Cavani and Angel Di Maria missed golden chances to end the contest, and were made to pay. Suarez and Messi had already stepped up, but truly this was Neymar’s night.

A stunning free-kick in the 88th minute, a penalty in the 91st, and a gorgeous floated pass from deep for Sergi Roberto to win it in the 95th. The historic ‘MSN’ meant Barca were never out of a game.

2 - AC Milan 3-3 Liverpool (Liverpool win 3-2 on pens)

Some people dispute the Miracle of Istanbul’s place at number one. There have been comebacks from larger deficits, comebacks with the game won before a penalty shoot-out.

But this game is the comeback against which all other comebacks are measured.

The Turkish city was first settled some 2600 years ago, and is now home to more than 15 million people – but say the word ‘Istanbul’ to any football fan, and the first things they’ll think of are Xabi Alonso bundling home on the rebound, and Jerzy Dudek’s wobbly legs in the 2005 Champions League final.

AC Milan’s team that day reads like a roll-call of mid-2000s legends, and Paolo Maldini’s first-minute goal looked to set the tone. An exquisite double from Hernan Crespo killed the game off before half-time.

You already know the rest. Gerrard, Smicer, Alonso, all the way through to Shevchenko and Dudek.

A result that reignited the Reds’ love affair with Europe and ensured no Liverpool fan would ever accept that a game was lost before full-time again.

1 - Barcelona 6-1 PSG (agg 6-5)

In 2017, Barcelona were on the verge of missing out on the Champions League quarter-finals for the first time in a decade after a humbling 4-0 defeat in Paris.

It was a result that apparently signalled a changing of the guard – the nouveau riche putting one of the world’s grand old clubs to the sword, and signalling their intent on the European throne.

A comeback from 4-0 down had never been seen in the competition in 213 attempts, but Luis Suarez’ scrappy early opener got Camp Nou believing.

A comical Layvin Kurzawa own goal and Lionel Messi penalty either side of the break brought Barca right back into it, before Edinson Cavani thumped in a stunning away goal to leave the hosts needing three more.

Cavani and Angel Di Maria missed golden chances to end the contest, and were made to pay. Suarez and Messi had already stepped up, but truly this was Neymar’s night.

A stunning free-kick in the 88th minute, a penalty in the 91st, and a gorgeous floated pass from deep for Sergi Roberto to win it in the 95th. The historic ‘MSN’ meant Barca were never out of a game.

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