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Ranking the greatest comebacks ever after Barcelona’s crazy win

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On Wednesday night at the Nou Camp Barcelona led 3-1 but trailed Paris Saint-Germain 5-3 on aggregate in the 88th minute.

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By full time they’d won 6-1 on the night and 6-5 on aggregate to spark wild celebrations as Luis Enqriue’s men completed the greatest comeback in UEFA Champions League history and made the quarterfinals at PSG’s expense.

Was it the greatest comeback in the history of the game though?

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Here’s a look at the top six greatest comebacks, including the madness last night. Let us know in the comments section below if you agree or if there are any others comebacks which deserve recognition.


1. Liverpool 3-3 AC Milan (Liverpool win 3-2 on PKs) – May 25, 2005

This night in Istanbul will never be forgotten. Trailing 3-0 at half time in the UEFA Champions League final and completely ripped apart by Milan’s stars such as Kaka, Pirlo and Crespo, Liverpool surged back with three goals early in the first half to make it 3-3 with captain and hometown hero Steven Gerrard the driving force. They then managed to hang on throughout extra time despite an onslaught from Milan and were then victorious on penalty kicks to win their fifth European Cup. Incredible scenes for Rafael Benitez’s side.


2. Barcelona 6-1 Paris Saint-Germain (Barca win 6-5 on aggregate) – March 8, 2017

As Enrique said, it’s a night that every kid in Barcelona will never forget. Trailing 4-0 for the first leg in Paris, Barcelona knew they’d have to launch the greatest ever comeback in UCL history to advance. They led 3-0 early in the second half to make the hostile home crowd believe it was possible, but then Edinson Cavani scored for PSG to make it 3-2 on the night and that meant Barcelona needed three more goals to advance. In the 88th minute it was still 3-1 but then Neymar scored a free kick to make it 4-1 and then he scored a PK in the 91st minute to make it 5-1. Then, with almost the last kick of the game, substitute Sergi Roberto scored to make it 6-1 and send Barca past PSG 6-5 on aggregate.


3. Manchester United 2-1 Bayern Munich – May 26, 1999

Another wild final in the Champions League saw Manchester United dead and buried with 90 minutes on the clock. They trailed Bayern 1-0 at the Nou Camp and that looked to be it for Sir Alex Ferguson‘s side. Not so far. First Teddy Sheringham equalized and then Ole Gunnar Solksjaer popped up in stoppage time to score the winner as United scored twice in two minutes to win 2-1 and be crowned Champions of Europe for the first time since 1968. Pandemonium in Manchester and in the stands in Barcelona as Fergie’s boys completed the famous treble.


4. Manchester City 3-2 Queens Park Rangers – May 13, 2012

Heading into stoppage time Man City trailed QPR 2-1 on the final day of the season. A win meant they’d win the Premier League, their first in 44 years. A draw or defeat meant their bitter rivals Manchester United would be crowned PL champions. Edin Dzeko made it 2-2 in the 92nd minute to give City hope and then in the 95th minute Sergio Aguero got free in the box and hammered home to win Man City the title on goal difference and leave United heartbroken just when they thought they’d won the crown. Martin Tyler’s call of “Aguerooooooo! I swear you will never see anything like this ever again” made the moment even more incredible. The best finish to perhaps the best PL season in history.


5. Tottenham Hotspur 3-4 Manchester City – February 4, 2004

Manchester City, once again, have a penchant for the spectacular as they trailed 3-0 at Tottenham in an FA Cup and were down to 10-men after Joey Barton was sent off. No chance of a comeback… Sylvain Distin pulled one back just after half time and then Paul Bosvelt made it 3-2 with 20 minutes to go. Shaun Wright-Phillips then scored a stunner to make it 3-3 with 10 minutes to go and although Spurs had a man advantage, they were broken. City sealed the incredible 4-3 win in stoppage time as Jon Macken headed home. Quite possibly the greatest comeback in the illustrious history of the FA Cup.


6. Newcastle United 4-4 Arsenal – February 5, 2011

Arsenal were 4-0 up after 26 minutes and Newcastle were stunned. They looked stunned until the 68th minute when Joey Barton pulled a goal back from the penalty spot and then something happened as Leon Best made it 4-2 with 15 minutes to go and then Barton added another PK in the 83rd minute to make things interesting. The ball then fell to Check Tiote and he hammered home from distance to make it 4-4 in the 87th minute and send St. James’ Park wild. Arsenal were stunned, while Newcastle’s fans will still mark this down as one of the most memorable games in their history. It has rightly gone down in PL folklore.

Tottenham – Everton stream: How to watch, odds, team news, prediction

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Tottenham – Everton is an intriguing clash on Monday (start time, 3pm ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com) between teams who are separated by just one point and one place in the table but have been heading in very different directions since new managers arrived midseason.

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Spurs lost last time out at Sheffield United in very controversial fashion as Jose Mourinho now has a very tough task to guide them back to the Premier League ahead of the final six games of the season.

Carlo Ancelotti has Everton surging as they have lost just three of his 14 Premier League games in charge and those defeats came at Man City, Arsenal and Chelsea.

Tottenham – Everton is a game both teams will go all out to win in their pursuit of European action and this should be a beauty.


Team news

Tottenham may have Dele Alli available, as he suffered a slight hamstring injury after coming on as a sub in their defeat at Sheffield United. Aside from that Japhet Tanganga will return to training next week.

Everton should have Richarlison back fit as the Brazilian suffered a knock in their win against Leicester City.

What they’re saying

Jose Mourinho on Carlo Ancelotti: “I think everyone in football admires Carlo as a coach and as a person. If you don’t know him as a person, at least you know him as a coach. It’s not because I like him so much as a person that I’m going to say the obvious, which is: he’s one of the top managers in the world of the last two decades and of course now. I think it’s a privilege for the Premier League to have Carlo back, it’s a privilege for Everton to have Carlo as manager, or head coach, whatever way you want to call him.”

Carlo Ancelotti on teenager attacker Anthony Gordon: “He is doing really well and is ready to play for Everton, no doubt. He improved in the past six months and how he is playing [in training and games] gives me a lot of confidence and trust in him. He is a player with personality. You can find a lot of players with quality, but you have to show strong personality. In football, you need players with personality and character. Players who are not afraid to make decisions. Anthony is one of these. He is ready to be with us and part of what we are doing.”

Odds and ends (full matchweek odds)

Tottenham (+107) are the slight favorites but this should be a very tight game as Everton (+265) have been in really good form and look solid defensively. The value here is in a win for Everton or a tie (+250) in north London.

Prediction

Tottenham basically have to win all of their remaining games to have a chance of finishing fifth and a potential Champions League spot. Mourinho’s side won’t really want to be in the Europa League next season so if they don’t win here, what do they do? Everton would be delighted to be in the Europa League and I could see the Toffees edging this, especially if Richarlison is fit. I’m going for Tottenham 1-2 Everton.

American coach Marsch named Austrian Bundesliga Coach of the Year

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American coach Jesse Marsch saw his incredible season grow with a predictable but wonderful honor.

Marsch is the Austrian Bundesliga Coach of the Year after leading Red Bull Salzburg to a domestic double despite myriad challenges.

Obviously all coaches had to manage their teams during the coronavirus pandemic, but Marsch also had to contend with sales of stars Erling Haaland (Borussia Dortmund), Takumi Minamino (Liverpool), and Marin Pongracic (Wolfsburg) to big clubs in top European leagues.

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The Salzburg release brands Marsch as someone with “his American charm and sheer endless positivity” and includes this quote from Marsch:

“Winning Coach of the Year for me is a reward for the entire team, which I think is deserved. The trophy is for the whole coaching staff, as we have worked so well together. Losing players in winter brought us even closer together.

Aided by LASK Linz loses its table lead when it was docked six points for unauthorized team training during the pandemic, Marsch’s Salzburg left no questions in winning the league with four matches left (The club went 1W-1D-2L in the final matches).

Marsch spent last season assisting Ralf Rangnick and RB Leipzig to a third-place finish in the Bundesliga. Prior to that he was MLS Coach of the Year with the New York Red Bulls. As a player, he won three MLS Cups and four Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cups while also earning two USMNT caps.

It will be interesting to see if Marsch sticks around another year in Austria. His name has risen in renown like a rocket and he had been linked with Borussia Dortmund, and there are no guarantees he can continue to impress with Salzburg in the Champions League and Europa League.

Salzburg was a stepping stone for its last Coach of the Year, and Marco Rose enjoyed success at Borussia Monchengladbach this season. With league Player of the Year winner Dominik Szoboszlai expected to fetch a big fee and join Naby Keita, Sadio Mane, Konrad Laimer, and the aforementioned transfers in challenging a coach to rebuild his squad, perhaps Marsch will go sooner rather than later.

We wouldn’t put anything past him, though. At one point before he’s done, Marsch will be an exciting USMNT coach if he wants the job.

Premier League confirm zero positive COVID-19 test results

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Following the latest batch of tests on players and club staff the Premier League have revealed that there were zero positive COVID-19 results out of 1,973 tests from Monday 29 June to Sunday 5 July.

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With the twelfth round of testing now completed in the Premier League, a total of 16,280 COVID-19 tests have now been carried out with 18 positive results.

All players and staff at Premier League clubs will be tested twice a week during the strict return to training protocols put in place, as games are now up and running after a restart date of June 17 has been set.

Here is the statement from the Premier League in full on the latest result:


The Premier League can today confirm that between Monday 29 June and Sunday 5 July, 1,973 players and club staff were tested for COVID-19. Of these, zero have tested positive.

The Premier League is providing this aggregated information for the purposes of competition integrity and transparency. No specific details as to clubs or individuals will be provided by the League and results will be made public after each round of testing.

Previous test results

Round 1: 17-18 May – 748 tested, with six testing positive from three clubs.
Round 2: 19-22 May – 996 tested, with two testing positive from two clubs.
Round 3: 25-26 May – 1,008 tested, with four testing positive from two clubs.
Round 4: 28-29 May – 1,130 tested, with zero testing positive.
Round 5: 1-2 June – 1,197 tested, with one testing positive.
Round 6: 4-5 June – 1,195 tested, with zero testing positive.
Round 7: 8-9 June – 1,213 tested, with one testing positive.
Round 8: 11-12 June – 1,200 tested, with two testing positive from two clubs.
Round 9: 15-16 June – 1,541 tested, with one testing positive.
Round 10: 17-21 June – 1,829 tested, with one testing positive.
Round 11: 22-28 June – 2,250 tested, with zero testing positive.
Round 12: 29 June – July 5 – 1,973 tested, with zero testing positive.

Premier League odds: Matchweek 34

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Check out the EPL betting odds for the games in Matchweek 34, as the Premier League return continues with games coming thick and fast.

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Take a look below at the odds for the Premier League games in midweek, as the action has resumed following the suspension on March 13 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Click on the link above to watch all of the games live via our platforms here at NBC Sports, while below are the individual EPL betting odds for each game via DraftKings.

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Also, click play on the video above to watch my predictions for the games and where you should focus your attention this weekend as the Premier League action continues to come right at us.


Matchweek 33

Tuesday, July 7: (+650) Crystal Palace v. Chelsea (-220), Tie: +335
Tuesday, July 7: (-152) Watford v. Norwich (+440), Tie: +285
Tuesday, July 7: (+125) Arsenal v. Leicester (+220), Tie: +245
Wednesday, July 8: (-835) Man City v. Newcastle (+2000), Tie: +245
Wednesday, July 8: (+310) Sheffield United v. Wolves (+107), Tie: +210
Wednesday, July 8: (+104) West Ham v. Burnley (+285), Tie: +235
Wednesday, July 8: (+510) Brighton v. Liverpool (-182), Tie: +320
Thursday, July 9: (+100) Everton v. Southampton (+270), Tie: +255
Thursday, July 9: (+425) Bournemouth v. Tottenham (-157), Tie: +310
Thursday, July 9: (+900) Aston Villa v. Man United (-315), Tie: +420