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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

5 Greatest Comebacks In Football History

At the 2018 FIFA World Cup, there have been some recorded poor starts coming from soccer giants. Argentina drawing with Iceland and Brazil doing same with Switzerland. These teams had been expected to deal their opponents some deadly blows from the word go. But as we are seeing, it is not to be. This does not mean that all hope is lost as there are plenty of chances of these teams making comeback and taking their rightful places in this tournament.

With respect to the FIFA World Cup as the greatest gathering of top football talents from across the world, we will, today be looking at the best of the best comebacks in the history of the round leather game.

1. Reading VS Arsenal (2012 Capital One Cup)

On October 30th, 2012, Arsenal played one of its most memorable games against a good Reading side. By the 46th minute of that game, Reading was already 4 goals up. it all looked a concluded game but surprises were yet to be seen.

The match which was fourth-round of the Capital One Cup at the Madejski Stadium "produced what Arsène Wenger reckoned to be the most extraordinary match of his career, the Reading defender Alex Pearce calls “the weirdest I’ve ever seen” and his colleague Chris Gunter more succinctly describes as “a stupid game” - wrote the Telegraph.

By the last minute of the game, Arsenal had equalised and the game was moved into extra time. At the start of the extra time, Chamakh put Arsenal ahead, it was not too long before Pavel Pogrebnyak equalised. By the final blast of the whistle, it was Reading 5 - 7 Arsenal. What a comeback!

2. Newcastle VS Arsenal (EPL Match 2011)

By the second half of the match played on 5th of February 2011, Arsenal was leading by four unanswered goals thanks to Walcott, Djourou and two goals from van Persie. They already had the match on cruise control. Their happiness was however destroyed the moment  Abou Diaby was sent off five minutes after the restart for pushing Kevin Nolan and Joey Barton.

From that point, the Baggies seemed to have taken over and their struggle paid off in the 68th minute when Barton converted a penalty kick. Soon, goals from Leon Best, another penalty kick from Barton and another by Cheick Tiote saw the match end in a draw.

3. Real Madrid VS Atletico Madrid (UCL Final 2014)

An early goal from Diego Godin saw him open the score sheet for Atletico after a grave error from the veteran, Iker Casillas. It looked like the game would end in favour of Atletico until a late, 93rd-minute header from Sergio Ramos forced extra time.

Goals from Gareth Bale, Marcelo and Cristiano Ronaldo saw the pendulum of victory swinging to Real's side of the divide giving it its 10th European Cup.

4. Manchester United VS Bayern Munich (UCL Final 1999)

May 26, 1999, will always be remembered by Bayern fans as the day Manchester United stop the Champions League Cup right from their hands. It was a terrible and unbelievable day for them.

For Manchester United fans, it is a whole different story. Bayern had been leading by a lone goal until United brought in two substitutes who delivered two injury-time goals that saw Bayern players looking helpless.

5. Liverpool VS AC Milan (UCL Final 2005)

A Maldini's first-minute goal sure put a clog in the engines of the guys that never walked alone. To make it all worse, by the end of the first 45 minutes, AC Milan was leading by 3 goals. It was almost done and dusted.

But, the hope was not lost. Liverpool, inspired by Steven Gerrard produced one of the greatest comebacks that modern football has ever witnessed.

In just six minutes, the British team levelled the 0-3 deficit to force a penalty shootout. I have never witnessed a lost game turn around in such a short period of time. It was mesmerizing, amazing, jaw breaking and unexplainable.

The game dragged into a penalty shoot-out and the moment Jerzy Dudek saved Andrey Shevchenko's kick that would have kept the game alive for Milan, Liverpool lifted the cup on the night which is now referred to as the “Miracle of Istanbul”.