Arsenal imploded last night in the UEFA Champions League, after beating Anderlecht a couple of weeks back with a brilliant comeback in the last minute of the game. The Belgian team decided to give the London club a taste of their own medicine, with Arsenal leading the minnows 3-0, Anderlecht staged an incredible comeback to level the game 3-3. Here are some of the greatest comebacks in the history of the Champions League

Arsenal 3-3 Anderlecht 2014

Arsenal had just completed a brilliant comeback a few weeks back by beating Anderlecht when not playing really well, they came up with a last minute 2-1 win with both goals coming in the dying minutes of the game. Arsenal raced to a 3 goal lead thanks to Arteta, Sanchez and Oxlade-Chamberlain but Anderlecht fought back well as they capitalized on Arsenal’s defensive frailties, especially once Mikel Arteta was substituted due to a hamstring injury. Anthony Vanden Borre scored twice before Mitrovic scored in the 90th minute for one of the greatest comebacks in the Belgian club’s history.

Manchester United 2-1 Bayern Munich 1999

The 1999 Champions League final will forever be etched in memory with one of the great comebacks. Mario Basler gave the German giants an early lead in the 1999 final and for a long time it seemed that Manchester United would lose out to Bayern Munich. The last few minutes will always be treasured by Manchester United fans, first Teddy Sheringham scored in the 90th minute and then they won another corner in the 92nd minute. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer pounced on the ball to give Manchester United a 2-1 lead and helping them claim the title.

Deportivo la Coruna 4-3 Paris St Germain 2000

The Spanish club has quite a history regarding comebacks in the UEFA Champions League; they scripted what could be the greatest comeback in normal time against the French club PSG. PSG were rampant and scored thrice thanks to goals from Jay-Jay Okacha and Leroy, who scored twice. Deportivo La Coruna decided to make a game of it, first Walter Pandiani scored from a brilliant header before Tristan scored a header as well to make it 3-2. Pandiani, who was nicknamed the rifle scored a couple of headers to make the score 4-3 and complete his hat-trick.

Borussia Dortmund 3-2 Malaga 2013

A crazy game in the quarterfinal stage of the UEFA Champions League, the earlier tie was a 0-0 affair in Spain and it looked like the Spanish side was going to progress when Joaquin scored in the 25th minute before Robert Lewandowski equalized in the 40th minute. That was enough for the Spanish team to go through on the away goals rule but they scored another in the 82nd minute to take a 2-1 lead and half more than a foot in the semis. Reus scored in the 91st minute before Felipe Santana made it 3-2 in the favor of the Germans in the 92nd minute, joy for Dortmund, and agonizing defeat for Malaga.

AC Milan 3-3 Liverpool (Liverpool won on penalties) 2005

The greatest comeback in Champions League history, especially when you consider the team sheets, Milan had Kaka, Crespo, Shevchenko, Cafu, Dida, Nesta, Gattusso, Seedorf and Maldini, amongst others. Liverpool had Djimi Traore, Milan rushed to a 3-0 lead at half time. No one expected anything from Liverpool but behold a miracle! 6 minutes of madness at Istanbul, Liverpool scored 3 times in 6 minutes to level the game and then the game went to extra time where Jerzy Dudek denied Shevchenko with a brilliant double save. It went on to penalties where Liverpool edged out AC Milan 3-2; meaning Liverpool won the title, somehow.

 

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