The most incredible Champions League comebacks of all time

 

Throughout the history of the Champions League, numerous teams have fought against the odds to produce amazing comeback victories.

Europe’s favorite competition has long been a tourney of unbelievable fortune reversals – but which are the best?

LiveScore takes a trip down memory lane to select the most memorable two-legged matches.

Real Madrid — 5-3 (agg) Ajax — 2019

Ajax had already surprised many during the group stage of the 2018-19 season, drawing both at home and away against German powerhouses Bayern Munich.

Nonetheless, the Dutch appeared unlikely to recover from a 2-1 home defeat to Spanish giants Real Madrid in the first leg of their last-16 match.

However, they delivered one of the biggest upsets in recent history against Europe’s most successful side, with Hakim Ziyech scoring early on and David Neres adding another.

Then came Dusan Tadic, who fired a rocket past Thibaut Courtois before Lasse Schone capped the night off with a free-kick into the top corner, making it 4-1 following Marco Asensio’s late consolation.

4. Spurs 3-3 (agg) Ajax — 2019
Erik ten Hag’s side found themselves 90 minutes away from the final just a few weeks after defeating Los Blancos.

After an outstanding performance against Tottenham in North London, the Amsterdam club returned a 1-0 lead to the Netherlands.

And the hosts quickly jumped out to a 3-0 lead when Matthijs de Ligt and Ziyech scored just before halftime.

But, in one of the tensest second half in Champions League history, Spurs striker Lucas Moura scored twice in the 55th and 59th minutes to keep the tie alive.

Mauricio Pochettino’s players were up against Ajax goalkeeper Andre Onana until Moura pounced six minutes into additional time to seal his hat-trick, an away goals triumph, and a place in the final.

Few gave Roma a chance to defeat Barcelona in their 2017-18 quarter-final, and that number would have shrunk even further after their 4-1 thrashing at the Camp Nou.

However, when the match returned to the Stadio Olimpico for the second leg, Edin Dzeko’s early goal gave the hosts a lifeline.

After the break, a rowdy home crowd in the Italian capital erupted as Daniele De Rossi scored from the penalty spot.

When Greek defender Kostas Manolas scored Roma’s third goal in the 82nd minute, decibel levels reached an all-time high, securing the Serie A club a memorable away goals victory.

Barcelona 3-4 (agg) Liverpool — 2019
Liverpool’s impressive victories over Bayern Munich and Porto have earned them a semi-final meeting with Barcelona in May 2019.

The Merseysiders, meanwhile, trailed the Catalan hosts 3-0 in the first leg at the Camp Nou, thanks to a Lionel Messi double.

However, Anfield has a history of hosting memorable European events, and the second leg was one of the best.

Braces from Divock Origi and Georginio Wijnaldum gave Jurgen Klopp’s men a 4-0 victory over a dejected Barcelona.

1. PSG 5-6 (agg) Barcelona — 2017

Barcelona had been on the verge of a stunning Champions League comeback two years before.

The LaLiga side were 4-0 down after the first leg of their last-16 clash with Paris Saint-Germain, having been utterly outplayed in France.

A 2-0 half-time advantage had given the Camp Nou crowd a glimmer of optimism for a comeback, but as the game entered stoppage time, despite being 4-1 up on the night, two more goals were still necessary.

Neymar then scored a free-kick before Sergi Roberto emerged as the unlikely hero to bring one of the competition’s most enthralling encounters to a close.

 

Today on LiveScore: The Reds prepare to face Villarreal in the semi-finals.

The Champions League semi-finals got off in spectacular fashion last night at the Etihad, and now it’s the turn of Liverpool and Villarreal to take center stage.

We preview the first leg, provide all the reactions to Manchester City’s thrilling 4-3 triumph over Real Madrid, and provide our normal dose of news.

Villarreal vs. Liverpool
Liverpool appears to be unstoppable in their pursuit of the Quadruple, but they will not underestimate a Villarreal club that has already knocked out heavyweights Juventus and Bayern Munich on their way to the final four.

Jurgen Klopp has put together a well-oiled machine at Anfield, but he is constantly eager to add to his squad, and the latest reports suggest that Barcelona wonderkid Gavi might be the next to arrive.

With the Reds hoping to take advantage of the 17-year-contract old’s uncertainty with the Blaugrana, we take a look at how he might fit in on Merseyside.

And you can watch all of tonight’s action live with our FREE Watch along with service, where host Jack Collins is joined by special guests to walk you through all of the drama as it happens.

The Etihad’s Reaction

Pep Guardiola’s City will carry a slender advantage to the Santiago Bernabeu in a week’s time after a semi-final first leg to remember.

We have post-match reactions from a game that seemed to have every twist and turn imaginable.

There’s more to enjoy.
With barely a month until the start of the 2021-22 season, many clubs are already planning how they will expand their rosters this summer.

Manchester United is anticipated to be among the busiest, with today’s transfer column focusing on claims that incoming manager Erik ten Hag will attempt to raid his old club, targeting striker Sebastien Haller.

And, as always, LiveScore Daily will provide you with the most recent football headlines in bite-sized bites throughout the day.

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