Over the years, football has witnessed some amazing comebacks. In fact, the greatest comebacks that spring to mind include Newcastle leveling with Arsenal from 4-0 down, Manchester United’s late turnaround against Bayern Munich in the 1999 Champions League Final and Liverpool’s most recent drubbing of Borussia Dortmund to snatch a last-minute winner to reach the 2016 Europa League Final.
However, for over a decade Liverpool’s performance against AC Milan in the 2005 Champions League Final, turning around a 3-0 deficit at the half time remains to be the ultimate bench mark. Not only was LFC’s performance one of the greatest comebacks in football history but arguably one of the most remarkable sporting events ever.
Due to Liverpool setting such a high bench mark, this makes you wonder whether history could ever repeat itself again…
8th March 2017, a truly astonishing day that will be remembered for years to come. The day Barcelona overcame a 4-0 first leg deficit, defeating PSG in extraordinary circumstances.
To start with, it was no secret that Camp Nou needed a miracle to qualify for the next round. Much to the delight of Barcelona fans, Luis Suarez provided the perfect start with a second-minute opener. PSG then tactically sat back and absorbed the pressure without doing any of the pressings that won them the first leg in such incredible circumstances. However, much to the frustration of Barcelona fans, the PSG game plan was working. Andres Iniesta was restricted and the men behind the ball proved difficult to break down.
However, with a touch of good fortune, the breakthrough came in the 40th minute when Layvin Kurzawa mistimed his clearance, kicking the ball into the back of his own net. Shortly after half-time, Barcelona was then awarded a soft penalty, making them in just touching distance of completing the ultimate comeback.
BANG! PSG respond through a devastating Edinson Cavani strike to silence the Camp Nou. Going into the final quarter of the game, hope seemingly faded. It appeared as if it was almost a matter of time before PSG qualified to the next round.
However, Luis Enrique’s men had other ideas. Neymar curling in a sublime free-kick in the 88th minute and then scoring a controversial penalty in the 92nd minute spurred Barcelona on. Coming this far; Barcelona was crying out for a hero. A Messi? A Suarez? A Sergi Roberto… surely not? BANG! Sergi Roberto win’s it for Barcelona in the dying seconds of the game to complete one of the greatest Champions League comebacks ever.
Filled with anticipation, nail biting moments and controversy on the night; Barcelona managed to win 6-5 on aggregate to progress through to the next round and mark their names down in history books.
Do you think Barcelona completed the greatest football comeback ever? Does it top the famous Istanbul 2005 Champions League Final?
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