The top five greatest Champions League comebacks

Date published: Tuesday 12th April 2022 3:44 - Ben Stewart


With the Champions League returning to our screens this evening, we’ve taken a look into the top five greatest European comebacks of the last 20 years, with the help of Betfair.


5. Ajax v Tottenham Hotspur, 2019
Having knocked out Cristiano Ronaldo’s Juventus in the previous round, Ajax were riding a wave of momentum coming up against Spurs in 2019. Donny van de Beek secured a first leg win for the Dutch side and they were the favourites coming into the reverse fixture.

In the second leg Spurs were 2-0 down after just 35 minutes and their odds of making to the final had drifted to 43/1 as they were 3-0 down on aggregate.

Step forward Lucas Moura. With star man Harry Kane injured, it fell to the Brazilian winger to step up to the plate, and step up he did in spectacular style. Spurs sealed their place in the final with Lucas slotting in a 96th minute winner to send Spurs through on away goals.


4. Liverpool v Ac Milan, 2005
Probably the most famous comeback on the list, this final will live long in the memory. AC Milan’s star-studded side found themselves 3-0 up at half time and had totally outclassed Liverpool.

Steven Gerrard then managed to ignite a second half comeback and the rest is history. While they were 3-0 down, Liverpool had drifted to 99/1 to win the Champions League and they managed to seal it in an iconic penalty shootout.


3. Roma v Barcelona, 2018
Barcelona have made quite the name for themselves when it comes to throwing away leads in the Champions League, but their 2018 defeat to Roma was a massive shock to the system.

The Spanish champions somehow managed to let a 4-1 lead slip and Roma defied the 199/1 odds to oversee a second half comeback. Kostas Manolas headed home the winning goal and Barcelona have never quite been the same since.


2. Barcelona v PSG, 2017
Appearing twice on today’s list, this time for a comeback of their own, Barcelona’s demolition of PSG will forever be iconic.

Having been humiliated 4-0 in the first leg, Barcelona served up one of the best comebacks we have ever seen in the competition. The Spanish side were backed at 349/1 at one stage to qualify and Sergi Roberto’s 95th minute winner saw Barcelona win the tie 6-5 on aggregate.


1. Dortmund v Malaga, 2013
Having drawn the first leg in Spain 0-0, Dortmund found themselves 2-1 down at home heading into stoppage time. Jurgen Klopp’s side needed two goals to qualify, with just three minutes added on.

Marco Reus made it 2-2 in the 91st minute and Felipe Santana stepped up just 60 seconds later to secure Dortmund’s 3-2 win in the last minute.

The German side managed to defy the odds of 659/1 as they scored twice in two minutes to secure their place in the semi-final.

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