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The place does Actual Madrid win rank among the many biggest comebacks?

Soccer doesn’t precisely repeat itself, however generally it rhymes.

Wednesday’s dramatic end to the Champions League semi-final second leg on the Bernabeu noticed Actual Madrid snatch victory from the jaws of defeat, whereas for Bayern Munich followers, and even a few of their gamers, there was a particular sense of de ja vu.

The place does the Joselu recreation rank among the many different unlikely comebacks within the competitors’s storied historical past?


Manchester United 2-1 Bayern Munich – Champions League Last 1999

There’s nowhere else to start out in terms of analysing unbelievable finishes than the Camp Nou on a balmy Might evening in 1999.

Mario Basler gave Munich the lead after simply six minutes and the Germans held that benefit for the rest of the 90 minutes.

There are many parallels in what got here subsequent. German coach Ottmar Hitzfeld opted to substitute star man Lothar Matthaus and Basler himself within the ultimate 10 minutes, a lot as Thomas Tuchel did with Harry Kane and Jamal Musiala in Madrid.

The remainder is historical past – two targets in fast succession by substitutes to show the tie round within the dying seconds.

First Teddy Sheringham swept dwelling within the first minute of harm time after which Sheringham flicked on for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to stab dwelling the winner two minutes later, leaving Bayern gamers dropping to the turf in anguish.

Mauricio Pochettino

Ajax 2-3 Tottenham (agg 3-3 – Tottenham win on away targets) – Champions League semi-final 2019

Suppose it’s onerous overturning a one-goal deficit? Attempt doing it with a 3-0 deficit and solely 35 minutes to play.

Tottenham had misplaced the primary leg 1-0 in London and Matthijs de Ligt (extra on him later) and Hakim Ziyech put the hosts 2-0 up earlier than half-time within the second leg in Amsterdam.

With Harry Kane watching from the stands – this time resulting from harm reasonably than substitution – Lucas Moura wrote himself into Spurs folklore with two targets in 4 minutes to present the guests hope.

Within the days earlier than the away targets rule was abolished, Tottenham wanted only one objective to succeed in their first ever Champions League Last nevertheless greater than 5 minutes into stoppage time the sport seemed up, till Moura popped as much as slot dwelling a flick from Dele Alli and break Ajax hearts.

De Ligt was the person he pipped to the ball within the field and he fell to the turf in disbelief in scenes paying homage to the Bayern gamers 20 years earlier than.

De Ligt could not want reminding the Joselu recreation got here 5 years to the day after the Moura Miracle.

Mohamed Salah

Liverpool 4-0 Barcelona (agg 4-3)– Champions League semi-final 2019

Simply 24 hours earlier it had been one other English group reserving their place within the ultimate – paradoxically in Madrid – in dramatic trend.

Liverpool had misplaced the primary leg of their semi-final 3-0 within the Camp Nou and have been with out star males Mo Salah and Roberto Firmino within the return at Anfield.

Divock Origi started his ascent to cult hero standing by placing the Reds forward early on however it was two targets in three minutes earlier than the hour from sub Georginio Wijnaldum which actually blew the tie open.

A spontaneous corner-kick from Trent Alexander-Arnold led to Origi’s second 11 minutes from time which knocked the stuffing out of the guests.


Roma 3-0 Barcelona (agg 4-4 – Roma win on away targets) – Champions League quarter-final 2018

Barca ran-out 4-1 winners within the first leg with Daniele de Rossi and Kostas Manolas personal targets contributing to the guests downfall in Camp Nou.

Edin Dzeko did pull one again late on in Spain and that proved pivotal because the Bosnian additionally opened the scoring within the Stadio Olimpico after simply six minutes to present the Romans perception.

Simply earlier than the hour de Rossi transformed from the spot to convey the hosts again inside one objective and eight minutes from time it arrived, courtesy of a towering header from Manolas.

The celebrations have been wild, Peter Drury’s line about Roma rising from their ruins turned immortal and the Italians have been within the final 4 of the competitors for the primary time in 34 years.


Barcelona 6-1 PSG (agg 6-5) – Champions League spherical of 16 2017

Barcelona usually are not at all times on the tip of this stuff.

PSG have been irresistible in Paris and registered a thumping 4-0 win, a sure-fire altering of the guard amongst Europe’s elite, proper?

Flawed. Luis Suarez wanted solely three minutes to drag one again on the Camp Nou and a Layvin Kurwaza personal objective made it 2-0 on the interval – nonetheless two adrift, in fact.

A penalty from Lionel Messi decreased the arrears however Edinson Cavani’s reply for the guests seemed prone to spoil the occasion after 62 minutes.

It meant the hosts wanted three targets in underneath half-an-hour to undergo, and with 88 minutes on the clock they nonetheless wanted these three targets.

Enter Neymar, who fired in a free-kick to spark some hope after which transformed a penalty a minute into added time to degree the tie at 5-5, with PSG’s away objective nonetheless the distinction.

With seconds of added time remaining Neymar dinked a go by way of for Sergi Roberto to web Barcelona’s sixth objective of the evening and write their title into historical past as the one aspect to have overturned a four-goal deficit within the competitors.

The magnitude of the comeback was so nice that the match was instantly given the title La Remontada (The Comeback).


Deportivo La Coruna 4-0 AC Milan (agg 5-4) Champions League quarter-final 2004

Keep in mind them?

Walter Pandiani put the Spaniards forward at San Siro within the first leg however Milan roared again to win 4-1 and seemingly had one foot within the semi-final.

Within the return Pandiani once more struck first after simply 5 minutes however this time Deportivo pressed on, scoring twice extra earlier than half-time by way of Juan Carlos Valderon and Albert Luque.

That they had the benefit on away targets however made positive of their progress, and place in historical past, with a late fourth objective from veteran sub Gonzalez Fran.

It was to not be Carlo Ancelotti’s final expertise of being on the tip of a turnaround.

Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti

AC Milan 3-3 Liverpool (AET – Liverpool win 3-2 on penalties) – Champions League Last 2005

Did you actually assume we’d forgotten Istanbul, Liverpool followers?

Milan raced right into a 3-0 half-time lead because of Paolo Maldini’s strike within the opening seconds and two in 5 minutes earlier than the break from Hernan Crespo.

Andriy Shevchenko was denied a fourth by Jerzy Dudek after the restart however then Steven Gerrard took over.

The Reds skipped headed dwelling a John Arne Riise cross on 53 minutes and inside a minute it was 3-2 when Dida didn’t maintain out Vladimir Smicer’s long-range effort.

Gerrard was fouled within the field on the hour as he seemed destined to attain however Xavi Alonso smashed within the rebound after Dida saved his preliminary spot-kick to revive parity.

The momentum fizzled out and hopes of Liverpool successful in regular time disappeared as Shevchenko was denied by Djimi Traore’s goalline clearance after which in extra-time by Dudek’s miraculous double save.

Dudek was additionally the hero within the shootout, blocking the Ukrainian’s effort to spark wild scenes of celebration.

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