Being the most popular sport in the world, football draws a lot of attention throughout the year.
Individuals also love placing their bets on football fixtures as it can be very lucrative if you know what you’re doing.
In today’s article, we’re going to look at some of the best football comebacks in the history of the sport.
Top football comebacks
As you’d expect, the biggest football comebacks come from the main leagues in Europe. With the Premier League and Champions League two of the best football tournaments in the world, this doesn’t come as a surprise.
Barcelona vs PSG – 2017
Possibly the greatest comeback of all time took place back in 2017 when Barcelona knocked PSG out of the Champions League in dramatic fashion.
In the first leg, PSG won 4-0 in Paris. That left Barcelona with a huge task when they headed back to Spain. No team had ever overturned a 4-0 deficit heading into a second leg in the Champions League.
Barcelona left it late, requiring 3 more goals in the last couple of minutes of normal time. None other than the brilliant Neymar scored two goals in the 88th and 91st minute.
With the scores level, Barcelona will still heading out of the tournament having scored more away goals. However, the game had one more twist to come. Sergi Roberto scored in the 95th minute creating one of the best comebacks in football history and sending Barcelona through.
Liverpool vs AC Milan – 2005
Another contestant for the best football comeback is the ‘Miracle of Istanbul’. You may have heard of this one before and it’s certainly stood the testament of time.
Liverpool played AC Milan in the final of the Champions League but got off to a poor start. AC Milan went into half time leading 3-0.
In the second half, Liverpool came out all guns blazing and scored three goals to take the game to extra time and then penalties.
Remarkably, Liverpool managed to win the spot-kicks taking them to Champions League victory.
Liverpool vs Barcelona
The 2019 Champions League threw up some great fixtures one of which was Liverpool vs Barcelona in the semi-final.
The first leg was played in Spain and it looked all too comfortable for Barcelona. They easily won 3-0 leaving Liverpool a lot to do back at home.
However, The Reds saved the heroics for the second leg. They got off to a great start scoring inside the opening 10 minutes of the game. With another two goals coming just after the break, Liverpool were well on track.
It wasn’t until the 79th-minute when Divock Origi scored the crucial goal meaning Liverpool proceeded to the final 4-3 on aggregate.
Ajax vs Tottenham Hotspur – 2019
This one is a little more up to date and happened just last season in the Champions League. It was the semi-final of the Champions Leauge between Ajax and Tottenham.
Ajax went into the second leg as favourites, having won 1-0 at Tottenham in the opening leg. It got worse for Tottenham as they went 2-0 down in the first half.
However, Spurs rallied in the second half and with two quick goals from Lucas Moura in the 55th and 59th minute, Tottenham looked to back in the game.
However, it wasn’t until the 96th minute and the last kick of the game that Tottenham hit the winner and advanced into the final thanks to the away goals rule.
To make the comeback even more special, Lucas Moura scored the final goal leaving him with a hattrick in what is arguably the greatest comeback in football history.
The night after Liverpool’s comeback, the two teams set up an all-English Champions League final which Liverpool went on to win.