Top 10 Crazy Comebacks


It was all about Roma this morning as the Italian side capped a remarkable comeback in the second leg of their Champions League tie with a stunning 3-0 second leg win.

A seemingly inconsequential late goal in their 4-1 loss at the Nou Camp suddenly was the deciding factor as they knocked Barcelona out on away goals.

It was only the third time in history a team had surrendered a three goal lead in the Champions League knockout phase.

This comeback was incredible, but where does it rank on the list of the most impressive comebacks of all-time?

10. 2001 AFL – Essendon vs North Melbourne

This remains the greatest successful comeback in AFL history.

Essendon had lost just two of their 15 games heading into this clash with North Melbourne, but it was the Kangaroos that flew out of the gates and had a 69 point led halfway through the second quarter.

The Bombers kicked nine goals on the trot in the second quarter to get themselves back in touch and they kicked eight goals in the final quarter to complete the greatest comeback in the history of the AFL.

9. 2015 NRL – North Queensland Cowboys vs Parramatta Eels

The North Queensland Cowboys pulled off stunning comebacks just about every week during the 2015 NRL season, but this was the best of the bunch.

The Parramatta Eels led by 24 points with less than half an hour left to play, but they managed to score 30 unanswered points in less than 20 minutes – including a hat-trick to Gavin Cooper in seven minutes.

8. 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs – Boston Bruins vs Tampa Bay Lightning

As these teams prepare for another playoff series against one another, the inevitable call backs to this series make their way into the media.

With just over ten minutes remaining in the deciding Game Seven, the Maple Leafs were looking set to eliminate the Bruins.

Nathan Horton got one back before goals by Milan Lucic and Patrice Bergeron with 1:22 and 0:57 on the clock sent the game to overtime where Bergeron was the hero once again.

The best part of the highlights is definitely the local commentary losing their minds at the tying and winning goals.

7. 2005 Champions League Final – Liverpool vs AC Milan

It’s pretty common knowledge that Liverpool don’t know how to win the Premier League, but in a purple patch in 2005 they worked their way into the UEFA Champions League final against AC Milan.

When Milan scored less than a minute into the match and continued to lengthen their lead to 3-0 by half time, the result looked over, but Liverpool weren’t done.

Steven Gerrard led from the front in the second half before the Reds pegged another back via Vladimir Smicer two minutes later.

When Xabi Alonso equalised 20 minutes later, Milan had lost all the wind from their sails and barely made an imprint in a penalty shootout.

6. 2018 Champions League – Roma vs Barcelona

Barcelona’s 4-1 lead should have been enough for their trip to Rome in the Champions League quarter finals.

Key words: should have.

When Edin Dzeko scored in the first half, it gave the home side hope that they could pull off the impossible and Daniele De Rossi’s successful penalty on the hour mark made it a distinct possibility.

With ten minutes left the comeback was complete as Manolas met a corner at the near post and guided it home to complete the comeback and set off pandemonium in the stands.

5. 2011 A-League Grand Final – Brisbane Roar vs Central Coast Mariners

The Roar had clearly been the best team in the A-League and they started the game against the Central Coast Mariners as clear favourites, but they were unable to break the Mariners down in regular time and the game was sent to extra-time.

The Mariners looked as though they would finally claim their maiden A-League title when they took a 2-0 lead in the first half of extra-time, but the Roar scored two incredible late goals to force a penalty shootout, which they won to secure one of the most incredible comebacks in the history of the A-League.

4. New England Patriots vs Atlanta Falcons – Super Bowl 51

This a game that fans of both the New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons will never forget.
Atlanta were simply outstanding in the first three quarters of the game and held a 25-point lead with just over two minutes left in the third quarter.

Enter Tom Brady.

Brady had struggled to getting anything going for the Patriots in the first three quarters, but in the last six minutes of regular time he led the Patriots to three touchdowns to take the game into overtime.

The Patriots got the first opportunity with the ball in overtime and they did not miss out as a James White touchdown run delivered the Patriots the biggest comeback in Super Bowl history.

3. 2011/2012 English Premier League – Manchester City vs QPR

This was easily the most exciting finale to an English Premier League season in history and it still needs to be seen to be believed.

Manchester City only needed to beat the struggling Queens Park Rangers to win their first championship since 1968 and they took an early lead, but QPR scored two surprise goals to take the lead in the 66th minute, while Manchester United took the lead against Sunderland to go to the top of the live table.

Manchester United looked as though they were going to claim another Premier League title as the Manchester City game went into injury-time, but two goals from Edin Dzeko and Sergio Aguero delivered City an emotional win.

2. 2016/2017 Champions League Round Of 16 – Barcelona vs PSG

This is a football game that had to be seen to be believed, and one that Barcelona fans may use to comfort themselves after their exit this season.

Paris St-Germain won the opening leg of this Champions League Round Of 16 tie 4-0 and looked to have secured their passage through to the quarter-finals when Edinson Cavani scored in the 62nd minute.

At the 88 minute mark, Barcelona still required three goals to progress and that is when a Neymar free-kick started an incredible sequence of events.

Luis Suzarez won a penalty that was convereted by Neymar in the early stages of stoppage time before Neymar created another goal for Sergi Roberto in what was almost the final kick of the day to deliver Barcelona a 6-5 aggregate win.

1. 2013 America’s Cup – Oracle Team USA vs Emirates Team New Zealand

This was the choke of all chokes!

Team New Zealand challenged Team Oracle from the United States in the 2013 America’s Cup and they had one hand on the trophy when they took a massive 8-1 lead.

Amazingly, Team New Zealand managed to lose the next eight races and gave up the title in arguably the biggest choke in sporting history.

We are fairly sure Kiwi PM John Key did not award his countrymen a public holiday the next day.

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