Top 10 greatest Comebacks in a History of Football

Football, a game of passion and drama, has witnessed numerous epic comebacks throughout its history. From thrilling Champions League encounters to dramatic Premier League clashes, these matches have left fans in awe.

Let’s delve into the Top 10 greatest Comebacks in a History of Football, each a testament to the unpredictable nature of the beautiful game.

Here’s the list of the Top 10 greatest Comebacks in a History of Football, ranked:

Match Final Score Competition
Barcelona vs PSG (2017) 6-1 (6-5 agg) Champions League
Manchester City vs QPR (2012) 3-2 Premier League
Liverpool vs AC Milan (2005) 3-3 (3-2 pens) Champions League
Manchester United vs Bayern Munich (1999) 2-1 Champions League
Newcastle vs Arsenal (2011) 4-4 Premier League
Liverpool vs Barcelona (2019) 4-0 (4-3 agg) Champions League
Portugal vs North Korea (1966) 5-3 World Cup
West Germany vs Hungary (1954) 3-2 World Cup
Tottenham vs Manchester United (2001) 3-5 Premier League
Reading vs Arsenal (2012) 5-7 League Cup


1. Barcelona vs PSG (2017) – The ‘Remontada’

Final Score: 6-5 on aggregate

Barcelona's Sergi Roberto celebrates scoring their sixth goal vs PSG

Barcelona’s iconic comeback against PSG remains unmatched in football folklore. Trailing 4-0 after the first leg, Barcelona needed a miracle. With goals from Suarez, Messi, and Neymar, they staged a remarkable comeback, culminating in Sergi Roberto’s historic winner.

2. Manchester City vs QPR (2012) – Premier League Triumph

Final Score: 3-2

Sergio Aguero celebrates against QPR

In a nail-biting finale to the 2011/2012 Premier League season, Manchester City clinched the title in dramatic fashion. Trailing 2-1 against QPR in stoppage time, goals from Dzeko and Aguero secured a historic victory, etching their names in Premier League history.

3. Liverpool vs AC Milan (2005) – Miracle of Istanbul

Final Score: 3-3 (3-2 on penalties)

Captain Steven Gerrard and manager Rafael Benitez of Liverpool

Dubbed the ‘Miracle of Istanbul,’ Liverpool’s comeback in the 2005 Champions League final is legendary. Trailing 3-0 at halftime, Liverpool staged a remarkable resurgence, with goals from Gerrard, Smicer, and Alonso. They eventually triumphed on penalties, defying all odds.

4. Manchester United vs Bayern Munich (1999) – Champions League Glory

Final Score: 2-1

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Ronny Johnsen and Teddy Sheringham

Manchester United’s dramatic comeback in the 1999 Champions League final is etched in football history. Trailing to Bayern sealing United’s treble triumph in dramatic fashion.

5. Newcastle vs Arsenal (2011) – Premier League Thriller

Final Score: 4-4

Arsenal's Cesc Fabregas with Newcastle's Joey Barton

In a thrilling Premier League encounter, Newcastle staged a remarkable comeback against Arsenal. Trailing 4-0 after 26 minutes, Newcastle rallied back with goals from Barton, Best, and Tiote, securing a memorable draw in a match still talked about to this day.

6. Liverpool vs Barcelona (2019) – Anfield’s Heroics

Final Score: 4-3 on aggregate

Liverpool's Georginio Wijnaldum celebrates scoring vs Barcelona

Liverpool’s unforgettable comeback against Barcelona in the 2019 Champions League semifinal showcased the spirit of Anfield. Overturning a 3-0 deficit from the first leg, goals from Origi and Wijnaldum, coupled with an electrifying atmosphere, propelled Liverpool to a stunning 4-0 victory.

7. Deportivo vs AC Milan (2004) – Champions League Upset

Final Score: 5-4 on aggregate

Deportivo La Coruna’s comeback against AC Milan in the 2004 Champions League quarterfinals stunned the football world. Trailing 4-1 from the first leg, Deportivo orchestrated a remarkable turnaround, securing a 5-4 aggregate victory against the defending champions.

8. West Germany vs Hungary (1954) – World Cup Miracle

Final Score: 3-2

In the 1954 World Cup final, West Germany staged a remarkable comeback against Hungary. Trailing 2-0 within eight minutes, West Germany leveled the score and secured a historic victory, famously known as the “Miracle of Bern.”

9. Portugal vs North Korea (1966) – World Cup Spectacle

Final Score: 5-3

Manchester United's David Beckham celebrates after scoring the fifth goal against Tottenham Hotspur

Portugal’s comeback against North Korea in the 1966 World Cup quarterfinals provided a spectacle for football fans. Trailing 3-0, Portugal staged a stunning turnaround, with Eusebio’s four goals leading them to a memorable victory.

10. Tottenham vs Manchester United (2001) – Premier League Drama

Final Score: 3-5

Theo Walcott celebrates scoring vs Reading

In a captivating Premier League encounter, Manchester United staged a remarkable comeback against Tottenham. Trailing 3-0 at halftime, Manchester United rallied back with goals from Cole, Blanc, Van Nistelrooy, Veron, and Beckham, securing a memorable victory.

These remarkable comebacks remind us of the unpredictable nature of football and the enduring spirit of determination and resilience. Each match stands as a testament to the passion and drama that make football the beautiful game.


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