There is nothing better in football than a team that defies the odds and makes an incredible comeback.
The more goals they score, the better, and bonus points can be awarded if they have to overcome other setbacks, such as injuries or red cards.
Here are eight of the greatest comebacks in football history…
There is no game more important than the Champions League final and the 2005 edition was one of the most memorable.
Milan got off to a dream start in Istanbul, with Paolo Maldini giving them a 1-0 lead within a minute. A quick brace from Hernan Crespo just before half-time resulted in the Rossoneria a three-goal lead before half-time.
Liverpool could be forgiven for feeling a little down in the dressing room, but manager Rafa Benitez and captain Steven Gerrard got them back in shape. Incredibly, three goals in just six minutes into the second half tied the score and sent the game into extra time.
Liverpool won the final on penalties, achieving what has come to be known as the “miracle of Istanbul”.
The history of the Superclasico rivalry between Boca Juniors and River Plate is rich and turbulent.
Perhaps the most exciting derby took place in October 1972. River went on to win 5-4 in a nine-goal match that remains the most prolific Superclasico in history.
But that doesn’t tell the whole story.
River took a two-goal lead in nine minutes, before Boca reacted with three goals before half-time. They then made it 4-2 in the second half and presumably thought they would come out on top.
River had other ideas and scored three unanswered goals to secure the win. What a roller coaster!
We’ve already talked about a “miracle” in a European capital and it’s time to tackle another.
The 1954 World Cup final was dubbed the “Miracle of Bern” in Germany, not only because the Germans weren’t the favorites against Hungary, but also because of the way they won.
Everything seemed to go according to plan for the “Magic Magyars”. They quickly led 2-0 thanks to goals from Ferenc Puskas and Zoltan Czibor, but things quickly went downhill.
Just ten minutes after the second Hungarian goal, Germany got back on track by scoring two goals and six minutes before time the Mannschaft finds a barely credible victory. The 1954 Hungarian side remains one of the best losing finalists in World Cup history.
The 2010 Africa Cup of Nations was a great moment for the host country, Angola, which has gone through a traumatic recent past.
Expectations were high for the opening game of the tournament and they soon found themselves in dreamland when Flavio scored two goals against Mali late in the first half.
The 45,000 spectators couldn’t believe their eyes when two penalties seemed to seal the win late in the second half.
Mali, however, was in no mood to be a complacent guest. With 11 minutes to go, Seydou Keita scored what seemed like a consolation…then three more goals were scored, the last in the 94th minute. End of the game: 4-4.
Any team, regardless of level, shouldn’t waste a four-goal lead in the second half, which makes a German team at the peak of their game all the more amazing.
In October 2012, during a World Cup qualifier against Sweden, a brace from Miroslav Klose put Joachim Löw’s side on track, while goals from Per Mertesacker and Mesut Özil helped him recover.
Sweden started bouncing back every hour, scoring three goals in a row to set up a final quarter of an hour frenzy.
We thought they would fail, but in the 93rd minute a hero appeared in the form of Rasmus Elm.
All the best comebacks have their own specific name and the comeback definitely falls into this category.
FC Barcelona led 4-0 in the first leg and knew they needed a miracle to qualify for the quarter-finals of the 2016-17 Champions League at the expense of Paris Saint-Germain.
It is true that it started well with Luis Suarez reducing the deficit to three by scoring in 180 seconds. An own goal from Layvin Kurzawa and a shot from Lionel Messi then gave Barcelona hope, before Edinson Cavani threw the water on the fire on the hour.
And that’s all? Not exactly.
In one of the most memorable scenes in Champions League history, Barcelona scored twice in the last minute to equalize overall, before Sergi Roberto scored the decisive goal in the 95th minute, overturning the away goal rule and sending Barca to the quarter-finals. . final.
Charlton and Huddersfield Town are not two world famous teams, but in the 1957/58 season the two teams came together to put on a breathtaking spectacle.
Charlton was tenth from the start of the game after captain Derek Ufton was forced out with an injury when substitutions were not allowed. Unsurprisingly, this gave Huddersfield a 5-1 lead with 27 minutes to go.
Charlton striker Johnny Summers was not ready to pull back and take the loss. After John Ryan made it 5-2, Summers struck four times – yes, four – unanswered to put the team ahead. But Huddersfield Town managed to equalize!
The addicts were also not done. Nope, with a minute to go, Ryan jumped up to complete a dream turnaround.
Arsene Wenger has seen a lot of drama during his long tenure as Arsenal manager, but nothing quite as special as this.
An excellent first half saw the archers to take a four-goal lead at halftime at St James’ Park, Theo Walcott and Johan Djourou both scored, while Robin van Persie bagged a brace.
Arsenal’s dominance was then interrupted by the dismissal of Abou Diaby five minutes after the restart, giving Newcastle the hope they needed to get back into the game.
Joey Barton reduced the score from the penalty spot 22 minutes before the end, after which Leon Best took the opportunity to set the powder on fire.
First, Barton converted another penalty, which allowed Cheick Tioté to complete the miracle – a shot from 30 yards that gave the magpies get a point. Wow.
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