11 of the Most Dramatic Comebacks in Football

Tottenham Hotspur scored three late goals on Wednesday evening to earn a 3-1 victory over Swansea City. Dele Alli, Son Heung-min, and Christian Eriksen all scored after the 87th minute in a dramatic late comeback. Here are 11 of the most dramatic comebacks in football... Possibly Liverpool's most famous victory, coming from 3-0 down at half time to win on penalties was a truly remarkable feat. Paolo Maldini made it 1-0 to Milan in the first minute and then a brace from Hernan Crespo put the...

2016/17: Newcastle United 4-3 Norwich City

A Dwight Gayle hat trick secured victory for Newcastle in this Championship thriller.


Norwich were 3-1 up with 20 minutes to go, but completely blew it, allowing Rafa Benitez's men to clinch a famous victory. 


With the score at 3-2 in the 94th minute a win for the Magpies looked unlikely, but two goals in two minutes from Yoann Gouffran (95th minute) and Dwight Gayle (96th minute) gave the three points to Benitez' side.

2016/17: Bournemouth 4-3 Liverpool

Bournemouth found themselves 3-1 down with less than half an hour left but Eddie Howe's introduction of Ryan Fraser proved to be a masterstroke as he was instrumental in orchestrating his side's comeback, completed by Nathan Ake in the 93rd minute.


Sadio Mane and Divock Origi had put Liverpool two up after 22 minutes. A penalty from Calum Wilson pulled one back for Bournemouth but eight minutes later Emre Can made it 3-1.


Loris Karius didn't field one of his best performances and helped Bournemouth in making it 3-3, thanks to goals from Fraser and Steve Cook. Ake sealed the massive victory in the 93rd minute to secure a big three points for Howe's side.

2001/02: Tottenham Hotspur 3-5 Manchester United

Tottenham were 3-0 up at half-time in this classic FA Cup clash, thanks to goals from Dean Richards, Les Ferdinand, and Christian Ziege.


Whatever Sir Alex Ferguson said at half time worked wonders as goals from Andy Cole, Laurent Blanc, Ruud van Nistelrooy, Juan Sebastian Veron and David Beckham sealed a dramatic comeback for the Red Devils.

2009/10: Motherwell 6-6 Hibernian

Motherwell snatched a late draw in this 12 goal thriller. Hibs raced into a 4-1 lead in the first half thanks to a 36-minute hat-trick from Colin Nish.


Two goals from Anthony Stokes around the hour mark made it 6-2 to Hibs but Giles Coke's second goal sparked a stunning turn around in which Motherwell scored four goals in less than half an hour.


Tom Hateley made it 6-4 after 72 minutes and the Chris Sutton bagged his second of the game four minutes later to make it 6-5.


The spectacle reached its epic climax in the 90th minute as Ross Forbes has a penalty saved by Hibs keeper Graeme Smith, only for Lukas Jutkiewicz to equalise in the 93rd minute with a spectacular solo effort which his manager compared to Marco van Basten's goal in the 1988 European Championship final.

2009/10: Fulham 4-1 Juventus (agg 5-4)

Juventus won the first-leg of this Europa League tie and scored early on in the second leg to make it 4-1 on aggregate, but what happened next Fulham fans couldn't have dreamed of.


Bobby Zamora levelled the score for Fulham, before Fabio Cannavaro was sent off for a foul on Zoltan Gera. This and a cool finish from Gera put the tie in Fulham's favour.


A penalty from the Hungarian made it 3-1 on the night, and 4-4 on aggregate. Clint Dempsey produced a delightful Cantona-esque chip from 18 yards with his back to goal to win the tie for Fulham, making it 4-1 on the night and securing a famous victory for Roy Hodgson's side.

2012/13: Reading 5-7 Arsenal (aet)

Goals from Jason Roberts, Mikele Leigertwood, Noel Hunt, and an own goal from Laurent Koscielny put Reading 4-0 up after just 35 minutes in this League Cup classic.


Four Arsenal second half goals from Theo Walcott (two), Olivier Giroud and Koscielny forced the tie into extra time in which the Gunners took an early lead through Marouane Chamakh. Reading made it 5-5 thanks to Pavel Pogrebnyak.


Reading couldn't hold on, however, as Arsenal scored twice in the last minute of extra time. Walcott completed his hat-trick and Chamakh bagged himself a brace.

2011/12: Newcastle United 4-4 Arsenal

Newcastle came back from four goals down in the last 20 minutes thanks to two penalties from Joey Barton, a close range toe poke from Leon Best, and a 25-yard screamer from Cheick Tiote in the 87th minute.


The comeback was triggered by the sending off of Abou Diaby in the 50th minute. Goals from Theo Walcott, Johan Djourou, and a brace from Robin van Persie had put the Gunners 4-0 up after 26 minutes.

1998/99: Manchester United 2-1 Bayern Munich

This game needs no introduction, and bought Ferguson his first European Cup to Old Trafford. 


United were 1-0 down in added time and looked to be on the receiving end of a runners up medal, but Teddy Sheringham and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had other ideas.


Sheringham equalised in the 91st minute from a corner, and then two minutes later Solskjaer scored from another corner to hand United the European Cup.

1957/58: Charlton Athletic 7-6 Huddersfield Town

Huddersfield were 5-1 up with half an hour to play in possibly the greatest comeback in English league history.


The Addicks turned the tables and were 6-5 up with four minutes to play but Huddersfield managed to pull one back to equalise. The momentum was very much with Charlton, however, who grabbed a winner in injury time thanks to a goal from Ryan, assisted by Johnny Summers, his second of the game.


Five goals and two assists from winger Summers made the comeback possible for Charlton. Summers scored the first, third, fourth, fifth and sixth goals while assisting Johnny Ryan for the second and decisive seventh.

2016/17: Barcelona 6-1 Paris Saint-Germain (6-5 aggregate)

After PSG took a 4-0 lead into the second leg of this Champions League round of 16 tie, most people thought that a Barcelona comeback was impossible, but Lionel Messi and co. had other ideas.


Barca were 2-0 up at half time thanks to a goal from Luis Suarez and and own goal from Layvin Kurzawa, but even then most people though the chance of a comeback was too much.


After Messi converted a penalty in the 50th minute and Edinson Cavani pulled one back for PSG, which was a vital away goal, the score was 3-1, and what was to follow can only be described as madness.


Neymar made it 4-1 in the 88th minute, earned a controversial penalty and converted it for 5-1, and then Sergi Roberto poked home from six yards in the 95th minute to complete the remarkable turn around.

2004/05: AC Milan 3-3 Liverpool (penalties 2-3)

Possibly Liverpool's most famous victory, coming from 3-0 down at half time to win on penalties was a truly remarkable feat.


Paolo Maldini made it 1-0 to Milan in the first minute and then a brace from Hernan Crespo put the Italian side 3-0 at half time with Liverpool sinking without a trace.


A stirring half-time team talk from skipper Steven Gerrard inspired Liverpool to comeback and they did that in style. Gerrard scored the first and then six minutes later it was back at 3-3, with goals coming from Vladimir Smicer and Xabi Alonso.


Jerzy Dudek pulled off some stunning saves to keep the Reds in it, producing a breathtaking double save off of Andriy Shevchenko when it was 3-3. Dudek would haunt Shevchenko again when he saved his penalty in the shoot out to won it for Liverpool.

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