TT's Famous Five: Classic comebacks

31 October 2012 07:11
TEAMtalk remembers five fantastic football comebacks in the wake of Arsenal's stunning win from 4-0 down at the Madejski Stadium on Tuesday. Arsenal produced a stunning comeback on Tuesday night, rallying from 4-0 down to knock Reading out of the Capital One Cup. Here, TEAMtalk looks at five other terrific turnarounds. Manchester Utd 2 Bayern Munich 1 (European Cup final, Nou Camp, 1999): United trailed for nearly the entire game after falling behind to Mario Basler's sixth-minute free-kick. But, in the most amazing finish in the competition's history, United turned the game on its head. Substitute Teddy Sheringham equalised with a shot on the turn from eight yards, then David Beckham's corner was flicked on by Sheringham and fellow substitute Ole Gunnar Solskjaer rifled the ball into the roof of the net to spark incredible scenes. Tottenham 3 Manchester City 4 (FA Cup fourth-round replay, White Hart Lane, 2004): City produced one of the greatest comebacks in FA Cup history as they came from three goals and a man down at half-time to win. Ledley King, Robbie Keane and Christian Ziege scored inside 43 minutes, then City had Joey Barton dismissed after the half-time whistle for dissent. But City gave a stunning second-half performance and won with goals from Sylvain Distin, Paul Bosvelt, Shaun Wright-Phillips and a stoppage-time header from Jon Macken. Tranmere 4 Southampton 3 (FA Cup fifth-round replay, Prenton Park, 2001): Hassan Kachloul, Jo Tessem and Dean Richards gave the Saints a 3-0 lead by half-time and Tranmere looked dead and buried. Paul Rideout, who headed Everton's 1995 FA Cup final winner against Manchester United, sparked a Rovers comeback by pulling a goal back on the hour. Rideout made it 3-2 with a 70th-minute bullet header and hauled Rovers level with his hat-trick goal 10 minutes later. Substitute Stuart Barlow capped an astonishing fightback seven minutes from time. QPR 5 Newcastle 5 (Division One, 1984): With a 4-0 half-time lead and Chris Waddle in inspirational form, Newcastle looked home and dry - however QPR had other ideas. Gary Bannister, John Gregory and an own goal dragged the home side back into the contest, only for Kenny Wharton to restore Newcastle's two-goal lead with six minutes left. But Rangers were still not done as Steve Wicks and Gary Micklewhite netted to earn the hosts a point. Tottenham 3 Man Utd 5 (Premier League, 2001): Spurs stunned the champions in the first half - establishing a 3-0 interval lead with goals from Dean Richards, Les Ferdinand and Ziege. However, United were a different side in the second half, sweeping the hosts aside with goals from Andy Cole, Laurent Blanc, Ruud van Nistelrooy, Juan Sebastian Veron and David Beckham.

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