Ahead of Manchester City’s monster clash with Liverpool on Tuesday in the second leg of the UEFA Champions League, we thought City’s fans may need a little bit of inspiration as to how on earth their team can overturn a 3-0 deficit from the first leg at Anfield last week.
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Teams have been in a worse position than Pep Guardiola and Co. going into the second leg of a UCL knockout game and still advance… but it hasn’t happened often.
In fact, it has happened just twice in the history of the Champions League in its current format.
Barcelona v. PSG (2017)
It’s quite difficult to forget this incredible comeback as it was just last season. This will probably go down as the greatest comeback in Champions League, if not soccer, history. Trailing 4-0 from the first leg in Paris, nobody gave even this great Barca side a chance. Barcelona led 3-0 at the Nou Camp in the second leg but then Edinson Cavani scored with 28 minutes to go. That meant Barcelona would need three more goals and to win 6-1 on the night. They did it with goals from Neymar and Sergi Roberto as they led 3-1 with just two minutes of normal time remaining. Truly epic.
Deportivo La Coruna v. AC Milan (2004)
Remember those rainy European encounters at the Riazor being commonplace well over a decade ago? Deportivo had plenty of fine players (Diego Tristan and Juan Carlos Valeron to name a few) but after losing the first leg at the San Siro 4-1 with Kaka, Andrea Pirlo and Andrei Shevchenko doing the damage, it was a huge task facing the La Liga outfit. Tucked away in the far north of Spain, a fantastic atmosphere was created for the second leg and Depor were soon 3-0 up with Fran netting a late fourth to complete the epic comeback. Milan were stunned.