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List: 14 memorable comebacks in UCL second leg

05:26 BST 15/04/2022
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Goal takes a look at the most memorable comebacks in the second leg of the UEFA Champions League...

The UEFA Champions League is undoubtedly the most premier continental club competition in the world. We have witnessed teams making incredible comebacks, overturning mammoth deficits to progress further.

However, it was only on five occasions that an away team turned the table, erasing a first-leg deficit. Of the five, on two occasions the tie was won on away goals, a rule that was scrapped by UEFA before the 2021-22 campaign.

  • Manchester United PSG

    PSG vs Manchester United ( Round of 16, 2018-19)

    Manchester United 0-2 PSG

    PSG 1-3 Manchester United

    Manchester United conceded twice at Old Trafford with Presnel Kimpembe and Kylian Mbappe on the scoresheet. However, in Paris, the Red Devils put up a commendable show to win the tie 3-1. Kimpembe, who was a hero after the first leg turned villain as he handled the ball deep into added time which allowed Marcus Rashford to score from the spot and win the tie on away goals.

  • Messi Barcelona PSG

    Barcelona vs PSG (Round of 16, 2016-17)

    PSG 4-0 Barcelona

    Barcelona 6-1 PSG

    It was a historic night at the Camp Nou. Barcelona were down by 4-0 at the end of the first leg and they had a mountain to climb. The Parisians were in control until the 87th minute and in the next seven minutes, all hell broke loose when Barcelona scored thrice in seven minutes to clinch the tie 6-1.

  • Liverpool Barcelona

    Liverpool vs Barcelona (Semifinal, 2018-19)

    Barcelona 3-0 Liverpool

    Liverpool 4-0 Barcelona

    Barcelona took a healthy 3-0 lead to Anfield in the 2018-19 semifinals. Liverpool were without Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino in the return leg. However, the Reds, backed a pulsating crowd, pulled off a miraculous comeback to win the match 4-0, courtesy of a brace each from Divock Origi and Gini Wijnaldum.

  • Kostas Manolas Roma

    Roma vs Barcelona (Quarterfinal, 2017-18)

    Barcelona 4-1 Roma

    Roma 3-0 Barcelona

    Kostas Manolas scored one of the most significant goals in his career as his header sent Barcelona crashing out of the Champions League.

    The Romans were staring at a three-goal deficit after losing the first leg 4-1. However, they won the return leg 3-0 to progress on away goals, with Manolas' goal in the 82nd minute sparking wild celebrations.

  • Albert Luque

    Deportivo La Coruna vs AC Milan (Quarterfinal, 2003-04)

    AC Milan 4-1 Deportivo La Coruna

    Deportivo La Coruna 4-0 AC Milan

    The Spanish side were outplayed by AC Milan at the San Siro as they lost 4-1. "Miracles often happen, things you might not rationally expect," said Deportivo coach Javier Irureta after the first leg.

    He stood vindicated as his side romped to get level on aggregate in the first half itself. Whereas, in the 76th minute, they scored another to clinch the tie and progress into the next round.

  • Ronaldo Juventus

    Juventus vs Atletico Madrid (Round of 16, 2018-19)

    Atletico Madrid 2-0 Juventus

    Juventus 3-0 Atletico Madrid

    It was a Cristiano Ronaldo show at Turin in the second leg. The Old Lady were beaten 2-0 by Diego Simeone's men at the Wanda Metropolitano and the Portuguese was booed by the fans. Ronaldo stepped up in the return leg and scored a hat-trick to propel Juventus into the quarterfinals.

  • Ronaldo

    Real Madrid vs Wolfsburg (Quarterfinals, 2015-16)

    Wolfsburg 2-0 Real Madrid

    Real Madrid 3-0 Wolfsburg

    The Los Blancos were the emphatic favourites after the quarterfinal draw however, they fell to a shock 2-0 defeat in Germany and were staring at an early exit.

    But it was Cristiano Ronaldo who once again delivered when his team needed the most. With a mountain to climb in the second leg, Ronaldo scored twice in the opening 17 minutes. The third was an outrageous free-kick in the 77th minute that completed another famous remontada.

  • Bayern Munich

    Bayern Munich vs Porto (Quarterfinals, 2013-14)

    Porto 3-1 Bayern Munich

    Bayern Munich 6-1 Porto

    The German giants succumbed to a shock 3-1 loss at the Estadio do Dragao in Portugal. Lewandowski and co. could hardly believe what transpired in those 90 minutes as Ricardo Quaresma's brace and a goal from Jackson Martinez propelled them to a 3-1 win.

    Bayern had to deliver and they did. They had 21 shots in the return leg and won 6-1 to oust Porto with Lewandowski being the main the protagonist with two goals.

  • Chelsea Demba Ba

    Chelsea vs PSG (Quarterfinals, 2013-14)

    PSG 3-1 Chelsea

    Chelsea 2-0 PSG

    PSG ran riot in Paris as they inflicted a 3-1 defeat on Chelsea. Ezequiel Lavezzi opened the scoring while Javier Pastore and a David Luiz own goal completed the rout. Eden Hazard scored the only goal from the spot for the Blues.

    At Stamford Bridge, Chelsea found their mojo once again. Andre Schurrle gave them hope with a 32nd-minute strike while Demba Ba scored the winner. Jose Mourinho was absolutely ecstatic after the 87th-minute winner and that once again sparked the famous touchline celebration.

  • Robin van Persie Manchester United

    Manchester United vs Olympiacos (Round of 16, 2013-14)

    Olympiacos 2-0 Manchester United

    Manchester United 3-0 Olympiacos

    A Robin van Persie hat-trick helped Manchester United overturn a 2-0 deficit from the first leg. It was one of the most famous victories of the David Moyes era. The Dutch striker scored his first from the penalty spot, his second was a clinical finish, and the third was a brilliant free-kick that sent the Old Trafford crowd completely berserk.

  • Messi Barcelona v AC Milan

    Barcelona vs AC Milan (Round of 16, 2012-13)

    AC Milan 2-0 Barcelona

    Barcelona 4-0 AC Milan

    Lionel Messi and co. had all the possession in Italy but returned to Spain with a two-goal deficit. Kevin-Prince Boateng and Suley Muntari were on target at San Siro.

    However, at the Camp Nou, Barcelona were in total control right from the first whistle. Messi scored within five minutes and added a second just before the break after Milan's M'Baye Niang had hit the woodwork. David Villa and Jordi Alba scored the third and fourth goal respectively to seal a famous win.

  • Didier Drogba Chelsea

    Chelsea vs Napoli (Round of 16, 2011-12)

    Napoli 3-1 Chelsea

    Chelsea 4-1 Napoli

    The 2011-12 Champions League campaign will forever remain etched in the history of Chelsea. Roberto di Matteo was brought in as a caretaker manager after a 3-1 humiliation in Naples. And the Italian manager changed the face of the team after taking over.

    In the return leg, Chelsea won 4-1 to progress to the quarterfinals, courtesy of goals from Didier Drogba, John Terry, Frank Lampard and Branislav Ivanovic.

  •  Fernando Morientes

    Monaco vs Real Madrid (Quarterfinals, 2003-04)

    Real Madrid 4-2 Monaco

    Monaco 3-1 Real Madrid

    The Whites managed to register a comfortable 4-2 lead in the first leg at the Bernabeu. However, their defence failed to hold their nerve in France as they conceded three goals. Ludovic Giuly scored a brace for Monaco which fired the French side into the next round. Raul pulled one back to level the aggregate score but Madrid sank due to the away goal rule.

  • Barcelona

    Barcelona vs Chelsea (Quarterfinals, 1999-00)

    Chelsea 3-1 Barcelona

    Barcelona 5-1 Chelsea

    Barcelona had to overcome a 3-1 defeat at home and they did so in style. Rivaldo, Luis Figo and Dani Garcia scored in regulation time to match the scoreline from the first leg. Garcia's 83rd-minute goal shifted the momentum towards the Spanish side in extra time. Rivaldo and Patrick Kuivert scored in the first half of extra time to seal the tie in favour of the Blaugranas.