The Top Five Champions League Comebacks of all time

Milan Baros during Liverpool's win against AC Milan in the 2005 Champions League final

After FC Barcelona's incredible win against Paris Saint-Germain, HITC Sport has been taking a look at some of the all time great Champions League comebacks, including Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United.

Barcelona coach Luis Enrique and Sergi Roberto celebrate after the gameBarcelona coach Luis Enrique and Sergi Roberto celebrate

After what may well have been one of the most incredible games in Champions League history, HITC Sport has been taking a look at some of the best ever comebacks that have come up in the competition over the years. 

But which comeback was the best? Which one meant the most? Which will live longest in the memory? Here's a look at HITC Sport's top five...

5. Chelsea 5-4 Napoli (2012)

Didier Drogba after Chelsea won the Champions LeagueDidier Drogba after Chelsea won the Champions League

When people look back at Chelsea's stunning Champions League win in 2012, they're likely to remember either Fernando Torres' goal at the Nou Camp, including Gary Neville's unforgettable commentary, or the final itself against Bayern Munich, which they won on penalties. However, they also completed an incredible comeback against Napoli earlier in the competition. After losing the first leg 3-1 in Naples, Chelsea won the second leg 4-1, thanks to a goal from Branislav Ivanovic in extra time. 

4. Deportivo 5-4 AC Milan (2004)

Deportivo - AC MilanDeportivo - AC Milan

The Italian giants had won the Champions League in 2003, and looked well positioned to defend their crown in 2004, after beating Spanish side Deportivo La Coruna 4-1 in the first league of their quarter-final tie. However, the Spanish club did the unthinkable, and overcame the deficit, even when set up against one of the strongest defences in world football.

3. Manchester United 2-1 Bayern Munich (1999)

MK/GBManchester United - Champions League Winners 1999

After already securing the domestic double in the same season, Manchester United came up against German giants Bayern Munich in the 1999 Champions League final. Facing Bayern without the suspended Roy Keane and Paul Scholes, Manchester United had a mammoth task on their hands, but thanks to a late goal from the 'Baby-faced assassin' Ole Gunner Solskjaer, it was United who secured a historic treble.

2. Liverpool 3-3 AC Milan (2005)

Liverpool Manager Rafael Benitez and Steven Gerrard celebrate winning the Champions League with the TrophyLiverpool Manager Rafael Benitez and Steven Gerrard

That night in Istanbul will live long in the memory of football supporters all over the world. After going 3-0 down in the first half, Liverpool were left with a mountain to climb in the second half. However, goals from Steven Gerrard, Vladimir Smicer and a penalty from the now-retiring Xabi Alonso brought Liverpool level, and took the game to penalties. Thanks to some heroics (and wobbly legs) from Jerzey Dudek, Liverpool completed one of the most amazing comebacks of all time to win their historic fifth Champions League trophy. 

1. FC Barcelona 6-5 Paris Saint-Germain (2017)

Barcelona's Sergi Roberto celebrates scoring their sixth goal with team matesBarcelona's Sergi Roberto celebrates scoring their sixth goal with team mates

You guessed it! How could we not put that incredible night at number one? After losing the first leg 4-0 in Paris, Barcelona looked all but set to exit the Champions League early, bringing about a miserable end to Luis Enrique's last Champions League campaign with the Spanish side. However, an own goal from PSG defender Layvin Kurzawa, along with goals from Luis Suarez, Lionel Messi, Neymar and Sergi Roberto secured the greatest comeback in the competition's history. With the last three goals being scored after the 85 minute mark, surely no team will ever out-do Barcelona here?

Barcelona's Lionel Messi celebrates after the gameBarcelona's Lionel Messi celebrates after the game

 

Have something to tell us about this article?

Register for LIVERPOOL team updates

Register for MANCHESTER UNITED team updates

Register for CHELSEA team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch