Top 10 comebacks in Football 2017
Football is a game of surprises, thrills, miracles, wonder goals and what not. “Keep going until the final whistle” is an old football adage that makes sense in theory. But nothing has ended until it is all finished as, “it only takes a second to score a goal” as a goal can change everything, and no game is won until it’s all truly all over. This article lists the encounters which didn’t quite go to the script, and more specifically with the most outrageous and unexpected comebacks in the history of the sport. Let us take a look at the Top 10 Comebacks in Football.
Top 10 comebacks in Football
10. Reading 5-7 Arsenal:
We start our list of Top 10 comebacks in Football 2017 with the 12 goal thriller that came up in the League Cup. Reading put the sword on Arsenal for 45 minutes leading 4-0 till Walcott pulled one back on the stroke of half time. The second half saw some turn of events as the Full Time score turned out to be 4-4 which lead to extra time. The play was extended to Extra Time where Arsenal made the last laugh.
9. Tottenham 3-5 Manchester United
The next match to come in the list of Top 10 comebacks in Football 2017 was the famous 8 goal thriller between Manchester United and Tottenham at White Hart Lane. The very definition of a game of two halves, Tottenham were irresistible in their first period domination over the reigning champions. Tottenham lead the 1st half 3-0. But champions are for a cause and they eventually were the winners 5-3 as Andy Cole, Laurent Blanc, Ruud van Nistelrooy, Juan Sebastian Veron and David Beckham scored the goals.
8. Newcastle United 4-4 Arsenal
The surprising yet most interesting match in our list of Top 10 comebacks in Football 2017 was this Newcastle United vs Arsenal 8 goal thriller. 4-0 down at half time, Newcastle stood humiliated in their own St James’ Park stadium, yet the sending-off of Abou Diaby just after the break gave the magpies a glimmer of hope. And how well they took that chance, with a barrage of 4 goals in 19 minutes levelling things up in one of the all-time great Premier League combacks – the last of them a stunning long-range thunderbolt from Cheik Tiote with 3 minutes remaining which prompted wild celebrations amongst the massed Geordies.
7. Barcelona 1-4 Metz
A brilliant comeback not only in pure footballing terms, but also because of the stories that unfolded around it. Metz lost the first leg of this Cup Winners’ Cup match 4-2 at home and the French media was so convinced that it was au revoir for Metz. They also lost league games 6-0, 7-0 and no french media bothered to cover it. Desperate to oust their opponents out of their own home ground, Metz roared back, scoring 4 unanswered goals from the 38th minute onwards much to the world’s shock.
6. Germany 4-4 Sweden:
Many termed this match as a cake walk for the Germans but 1 man in the opponent team ruind their win. Zlatan Ibrahimovic, the name was enough to strike fear into the hearts of Hummels and Lahms. The Germans had looked to be cruising as they led 4-0 in this World Cup qualifier with just 28 minutes remaining. However the Swedes bounced back and equalised with a stunning screamer which sent Joachim Löw into a “state of shock” at the final whistle.
5. Tottenham 3-4 Manchester City:
Looking back at one of the classic FA Cup encounters in our list of Top 10 comebacks in Football 2017 is this 7 goal thriller between the Spurs and Manchester City. Coming Back from a 3-0 deficit at half time is tricky but its an almost impossible task if the team is 3-0 down and down to 10 men. Heroics from Kevin Keegan and Joey Barton equalised the game for Manchester City but Wright-Philips completed the drama in the 90th minute to slot the winner.
4. Charlton 7-6 Huddersfield:
Any game with 13 goals is likely to be something of a classic, and Charlton against Huddersfield in 1957 was no exception. Not only did this game feature 13 goals but also a comeback of unimaginable proportions. Huddersfield were 5-1 down with 27 minutes left when a bizzare turn events saw them 6-5 up in 8 minutes. But Huddersfield equalised 6-6. Finally, in the 89th minute, John Ryan added his second and the match winner as Charlton emerged 7-6 victors in an absolutely epic clash.
3. Hungary 2-3 West Germany:
The Bronze medalist in our list of Top 10 Football Comebacks in Football 2017 is 1954 World Cup Final, Hungarty vs West Germany. The Germans had been thumped 8-3 in the group stages by a Hungary team unbeaten in 30 oddd matches and the clear favourites for the final. The game appeared to be going to script when Ferenc Puskas and Zoltan Czibor put Hungary 2-0 up inside eight minutes. However, what became known as the ‘Miracle of Bern’ was completed by a dramatic comeback in the rain by a German side that acted as a focal point for post-Second World War recovery for the nation.
2. Liverpool 3-3 AC Milan:
The silver medalist in our list of Top 10 comebacks in Football 2017 is the 2005 UCL Final between Liverpool and AC Milan. Milan had a dream team back then and it was a nearly impossible task for iverpool to compete them. As usual, The first half saw Liverpool go 3 goals down and, utterly outclassed. But seconf half goals from Gerrard, Smicer and Alonso levelled the match up and it went to the penalties. Jerzy Dudek saved shots from Pirlo and Shevchenko and Liverpool had claimed an utterly remarkable victory, dubbed the ‘Miracle of Istanbul’.
1. Manchester United 2-1 Bayern Munich:
The winner in our list of Top 10 comebacks in Football 2017 is the historic UCL final between Manchester United and Bayern Munich. Two injury time goals from substitutes Teddy Sheringham and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer secured the European Cup for Manchester United in dramatic fashion after Bayern Munich lead the match for 85 minutes. The first when Ryan Giggs turned a David Beckham corner back into the box, Sheringham steered it home to secure an unlikely equaliser. From the kick-off, United again stole possession forcing another corner, with Solskjaer striking Sheringham’s header first-time into the roof of the net. And thus United secured their 3rd European title.