Nine of the greatest UCL comebacks

UEFA Champions League

A year ago today, Lionel Messi & company were left in tears after Liverpool dumped FC Barcelona out of the UEFA Champions League with a remarkable 4-3 come-from-behind victory – here are 10 of the greatest comebacks in the competition's history. 

Having suffered a resounding 3-0 defeat in the first leg of their semi-final tie, Liverpool completed one of the Champions League's most remarkable comebacks with a 4-0 win at Anfield, securing their place in the final, where they were ultimately crowned champions. 

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The Reds' victory follows some of the great upsets in the Champions League in recent years, including Manchester United's 2-1 win over Bayern Munich in the 1998/99 final. Having trailed for the opening 84 minutes of the match, the Red Devils struck twice in two minutes to claim the title and, in doing so, secured a historic treble. 

In the 2003/04 campaign, AS Monaco stunned record 13-time champions Real Madrid with a 5-5 aggregate draw to go to the next round via the away goals ruling. The Ligue 1 outfit had trailed 5-2 on aggregate just before half-time of the second leg before storming back with 3 unanswered goals, including one from Los Blancos loanee Fernando Morientes.

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Arguably the greatest-ever comeback in the competition belongs to Liverpool's 2004/05 squad. The "Miracle of Istanbul" saw Rafa Benitez's men overturn AC Milan's three-goal first-half lead to win the trophy after a dramatic penalty shootout.