UEFA Champions League is a very prestigious competition and comebacks in the knockout phase are characteristic of this trophy. Comebacks or Remuntada (the spanish term) are just too frequently because the teams participating are the strongest in Europe and in the world. When such strong teams face off in Champions League they give rise to some really exciting clashes that remain etched in the history of football.
The beauty of the Champions League playoff is that the matches are never taken for granted and can happen exceptional comebacks! The matches between two teams can end with a result in favor of a team will start in the first, but in the second this result can be folded completely. Look at what are the best recoveries of the Champions League – Best Champions League Comebacks!
AC Milan v RC Deportivo La Coruña
1st Leg match: AC Milan – RC Deportivo La Coruña 4-1
2nd Leg match: RC Deportivo La Coruña – AC Milan 4-0
UEFA Champions League quarter finals 2003/04
The record. Walter Pandiani bring on Depor at the San Siro stadium, but Milan responded with two goals from Kaká and an overall poker. Before returning to the Riazor, Depor coach Javier Irureta was clinging to a dream. Incredibly the Spanish was already ahead in comparison to double back through goals from, Pandiani, Juan Carlos Valerón and Alberto Luque. Fran González rounds the result to 76 ‘. Irureta had promised to go on a pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela on incredible comeback. Depor was then defeated in the UEFA Champions League semifinals.
Real Madrid v AS Monaco
1st Leg match: Real Madrid CF – AS Monaco FC 4-2
2nd Leg match: AS Monaco FC – Real Madrid CF 3-1
UEFA Champions League quarter finals 2003/04
AS Monaco seems doomed to the final whistle of going to the Santiago Bernabéu on 24 March 2004. Four goals of Real Madrid after the interval had stunned the team of the Principality which, however, was hanging from Fernando Morientes network 83 ‘. Coach Didier Deschamps continued to believe it: “Otherwise I’d better stay at home”, he said. Under a goal a few seconds interval in return, Monaco equalized with Ludovic Giuly. Morientes – on loan from Real Madrid just – marks the head the second goal and again Giuly signing it 3-1. Raúl González in the final shot high from a good position missing the goal-qualification for Real. Morientes is not even sure whether to celebrate or not. “I’m happy to win the Monaco of course, but I have many friends in Madrid who will pass a bad time.” AS Monaco has then lost the historic final against Mourinho and Deco’s Porto FC.
Napoli v Chelsea
1st Leg match: SSC Napoli – Chelsea FC 3-1
2nd Leg match: Chelsea FC – SSC Napoli 4-1 (aet)
UEFA Champions League knockout stage 2011/12
A change on the bench inspired the comeback of Chelsea. The last European race of Andre Villas-Boas with the Blues ends with a clear defeat in Naples; Juan Mata had the lead Londoners then punished by two goals from Ezequiel Lavezzi and Edinson Cavani. “Thanks to this away goal we have a good chance of recovery,” said Villas-Boas after the race. The Portuguese coach, however, is replaced by Roberto Di Matteo for the return when Didier Drogba nets, John Terry and Frank Lampard (75 ‘penalty) lead the challenge to extra time, Branislav Ivanović complete the comeback at 105’. “I remember many great nights but I think this will change in the club’s history,” the words of Di Matteo, could not know what would have reserved its the rest of the competition. Chelsea won the Champions League in the final match 2011/2012.
AC Milan v Barcelona
1st Leg match: AC Milan – FC Barcelona 2-0
2nd Leg match: FC Barcelona – AC Milan 4-0
UEFA Champions League knockout stage 2012/13
No team had ever reassembled a defeat with two goals leg deficit without the aid of an away goal scored, but Barcelona succeeds in thanks deafening support of the Camp Nou. A sensational brace from Lionel Messi in the first half cancels the Rossoneri’s advantage and the gold David Villa for the start of full recovery overtaking. The Catalans are also helped by fate – the result of 1-0 M’Baye Niang hit the post for Milan – and has to wait for the recovery of the security goal by Jordi Alba. At the final whistle Massimiliano Allegri admits that Barcelona played “extraordinarily well,” while Messi declares UEFA.com: “This is the Barça that we and the fans we would always like to see.” To get the better of Bayern, the Catalans will have to repeat that performance. Barcelona came out in the semi-final against Atletico Madrid that season.
Real Madrid v Juventus
1st Leg match: Real Madrid – Juventus 2-1
2nd Leg match: Juventus – Real Madrid 3-1
UEFA Champions League semifinal 2002/03
Real Madrid did not expect to find a really strong Juventus in the second leg of the semifinals of UEFA Champions League. Especially after winning the first leg at the Santiago Bernabeu. The Blancos managed to win thanks to goals of Ronaldo and Roberto Carlos, but the goal by Trezeguet kept lit the hopes for the Bianconeri. Everyone thought that the Galacticos (having in team together Ronaldo, Zidane, Figo, Raul, Casillas and Roberto Carlos) would be able to win the return match, but Juventus drew a heroic performance and thanks to Trezeguet, Del Piero and Nedved goals (Buffon was able to save a penalty take by Figo) won the historic final against AC Milan in Manchester, then lost on penalties.
PSG v Chelsea
1st Leg match: Paris Saint-Germain – Chelsea FC 3-1
2nd Leg match: Chelsea FC – Paris Saint-Germain 2-0
UEFA Champions League quarter finals 2013/14
Chelsea again! This time the team led by Jose Mourinho must reassemble after the own goal by David Luiz was below the goal 93 ‘Javier Pastore condemned the Blues to a 3-1 defeat in the French capital. The Eden Hazard goal will prove crucial. Six days later André Schürrle came off the bench after 32 minutes opened the scoring in favor of the hosts. Then Demba Ba scored the decisive goal two minutes from time and Chelsea qualified for the on away goals. “We risked everything tonight,” said Mourinho, “If for some reason we had not scored that second goal we would still have been proud of the guys.”. Chelsea was then defeated in the semifinals.
Liverpool v AC Milan
Liverpool – AC Milan 3-3
UEFA Champions League Final 2004/05
Istanbul 2005 Champions League final is simply one of the most incredible and inexplicable things happened in football history. Of course one of the best Champions League comebacks ever seen, maybe the most exciting. No doubt a legendary comeback. Milan goes ahead 3-0 in the first half, in the locker room as Liverpool swear they have heard already celebrating. And in the second half the game tips beyond belief: Gerrard, Smicer and Xabi Alonso equalized accounts, Dudek saves everything and AC Milan on penalties collapses. European champions Liverpool in a mad Turkish night.
Barcelona v PSG
1st Leg match: Paris Saint-Germain – FC Barcelona 4-0
2nd Leg match: FC Barcelona – Paris Saint-Germain 6-1
UEFA Champions League knockout stage 2016/17
On the one hand a historical team of the Champions League, FC Barcelona. On the other side one of the most unlucky teams of this tournament, Paris Saint-Germain. Barça made a historical comeback against Paris Saint-Germain on March 8th 2017 by beating the French side 6-1 to reach the Champions League quarterfinals. This clash has made it to the history books along with Manchester United’s comeback against Bayern Munich in 1999 and Liverpool’s 2005 turnaround against AC Milan in Istanbul.
PSG certainly did not think of being able to win also the second leg after the fantastic 4-0 in Paris in the first leg. When Di Maria, Cavani, Lucas and Draxler tried to close the historical era of the great Messi’s Barcelona. Anyway PSG seemed certain to go through after Edinson Cavani scored a valuable away goal following Barcelona’s opening salvo of three goals in first half, before Neymar turned it all around. Neymar Jr hailed the best game of his career after Barcelona scored three times in the last seven minutes of the game. Barcelona were given mission impossible and they delivered with 30 seconds to spare and for a heartbroken Paris Saint-Germain to take the restart.
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