Football's greatest winning comebacks

 

Football’s greatest winning comebacks

2001: Tottenham Hotspur 3 Manchester United 5. When Spurs led the Premier League champions 3-0 at White Hart Lane at half time, it looked all over. It wasn’t. Here David Beckham celebrates capping United’s incredible fightback with the Reds’ fifth goal

Football’s greatest winning comebacks

March 18, 2010 Fulham 4 (5) Juventus 1 (4)
Roy Hodgson’s Fulham were up against it entering the last-16 quarter-final against Juventus. Having been outplayed in Turin, Dickson Etuhu’s deflected strike gave them a precious away goal in a 3-1 defeat.
Facing a two-goal deficit at Craven Cottage, things went from bad to worse almost instantly as David Trezeguet seized upon some sluggish defending to slot beyond Mark Schwarzer and put Juventus 4-1 up on aggregate after just two minutes.
Cue the comeback. Bobby Zamora slammed home on ten minutes, Fabio Cannavaro was sent off shortly after, and Zoltan Gera scored before the break to make the score 3-4 on aggregate.
Gera converted a penalty shortly after the break to level the tie, before Clint Dempsey’s sublime chip won it for the hosts with eight minutes remaining. Jonathan Zebina was sent off in injury time for lashing out at Damien Duff.

Football’s greatest winning comebacks

1953: Blackpool 4 Bolton 3. Bolton led the FA Cup final 3-1 with 22 minutes to go. Enter the two Stans, Matthews and Mortensen. The former jinked and dribbled his way into immortality by inspiring an amazing fightback, while the latter completed his hat-trick before Bill Perry capped it with the winner two minutes into injury time. Mortensen scored three goals and Perry the winner but it’s known as the ‘Matthews Final’…

Football’s greatest winning comebacks

Juventus 2 Manchester 3: Juve led 2-0 in the 1999 Champions League semi-final second leg after a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford. Cue the great fightback that eventually saw Roy Keane and Paul Scholes ruled out of the final. Here, Andy Cole celebrates scoring Manchester United’s third goal in Turin.

Football’s greatest winning comebacks

2004: Tottenham Hotspur 3 Manchester 4: Spurs led 3-0 in an amazing FA Cup clash at White Hart Lane that also Joey Barton sent off after the referee blew for half time. But 10-man City fought back to win, Jon Macken snatching an amazing injury-time winner

Football’s greatest winning comebacks

1957: Charlton 7 Huddersfield 6. In the old Second Division on a grey December day, Huddersfield led 5-1 at the Valley with 26 minutes remaining. The rest is history. Johnny Summers tattled in five goals as the home side went 6-5 up, Stan Howard made it 6-6 before Johnny ‘Buck’ Ryan scored Charlton’s winner in the last minute. The Terriers are the only team in English football history to score six goals and lose a League match.

Football’s greatest winning comebacks

2005: Liverpool 3 Milan 3. The Champions League Final was one-way traffic in the first half as Milan traced into a 3-0 lead. Inspired by Steven Gerrard, Liverpool rallied back to 3-3 before becoming champions of Europe on penalties

Football’s greatest winning comebacks

Manchester United 2 Bayern Munich 1: In United’s 1999 Treble winning year, they trailed 1-0 to Munich in the Champions League final going into injury time. Substitute Teddy Sheringham then levelled before fellow sub Ole Gunnar Solskjaer scored THAT winner even later in injury time

Football’s greatest winning comebacks

2012: Reading 5 Arsenal 7. It might have only been a League Cup tie but well worth a mention. Reading led the Gunners 4-0 before Arsene Wenger’s side came out fighting, Theo Walcott netting a hat-trick as Arsenal won in extra time

Football’s greatest winning comebacks

1954: West Germany 3 Hungary 2. The best team in football history never to have won the World Cup looked to have this final sewn up after just eight minutes when they led 2-0. Hungary had already beaten the Germans 8-3 in a group match but they were pegged back to 2-2 by the 18th minute. Helmut Kahn bagged a stunning winner for West Germany in the 84th minute. English referee William Ling came in for some stick after the match, allowing Germany’s equaliser to stand after an apparent foul then ruling out a third Hungarian goal – scored by Ferenc Puskas – for offside after allowing it then chatting to a linesman.