After Bayern Munich overturned a 3-1 first leg deficit to win 6-1 on Tuesday against FC Porto to make the UEFA Champions League semifinals 7-4 on aggregate, plenty are asking if their comeback is the best in Champions League history…
Well, is it?
As far as second leg comebacks go, it is right up there as Bayern simply blew Porto away with their attacking prowess and they even had the likes of Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben missing.
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Here’s a quick look back at three of the best second leg comebacks in UCL history. Where would you rank Bayern’s obliteration of Porto among this lot?
Monaco 3-1 Real Madrid (Monaco win on away goals, 5-5 on agg.) – 2003-04 season
Real beat Monaco 4-2 at home in the first leg of the UCL quarterfinals and took an early lead in the principality in the second leg to make it 5-2 on aggregate. Game over, right? Not so fast. Ludovic Guily made it 5-3 on agg. and former Real striker Fernando Morientes headed home in the second half to make it 5-4 and Monaco went through on away goals thanks to Guily’s late flick. Stunning. Moncaco proved that was no fluke as they made it to the final in ’04 but lost to Porto.
Chelsea 4-1 Napoli (Chelsea win 5-4 on agg.) – 2011-12 season
Remember this? The Blues lost 3-1 at Napoli in the first leg of the Round of 16 and Andre Villas-Boas was fired. Then Roberto Di Matteo took charge and Chelsea eventually won the Champions League for the first time in their history in 2012, against all the odds. Didier Drogba and John Terry put the Blues 2-0 up at Stamford Bridge in this one before a Frank Lampard penalty 15 minutes from time made it 4-4 on agg. and took the match to extra time. Branislav Ivanovic emerged as the unlikely hero to send Chelsea through. Amazing.
Deportivo La Coruna 4-0 AC Milan (La Coruna win 5-4 on agg. – 2003-04 season
Milan beat Deportivo 4-1 in the first leg of the quarterfinal at the San Siro as Kaka and Co. ripped the Spaniards to shreds with the reigning UCL champs favorites to retain their crown. But the northern Spanish outfit had quite a surprise for Milan at the Riazor in the second leg as they raced into a 3-0 lead before half time and Fran Gonzalez made it 4-0 with 15 minutes to go to seal one of the greatest, and most unexpected, comebacks the Champions League has ever seen.