Eintracht have their backs to the wall after the 2-0 defeat against SSC Napoli in Frankfurt. But as we all know, hope dies last. The past of the Champions League also shows that. SPOX has listed the most spectacular comebacks in the premier class.
The SGE has a real chunk in front of its chest – and stones are also put in the way of the reigning Europa League winner. Officially, there will be no fans of Eintracht Frankfurt in Naples because the Italian authorities are in the way.
To make matters worse, the Hessians also have to do without their top scorer. Randal Kolo Muani saw the red card in the first leg for gross foul play. To do this, a 2-0 deficit against one of the most in-form teams in Europe must be made up in Naples. So it takes one of the much-cited magical Champions League nights (Wednesday, 9 p.m. in the live ticker).
The past shows that this is the case in the most important club competition in Europe. A non-exhaustive selection of the biggest comebacks…
Werder Bremen 5-3 RSC Anderlecht, 1993/1994, group stage:
Werder experienced a number of comebacks in the European Cup. The older ones will remember the “Miracle of the Weser” against Spartak Moscow in the UEFA Cup and Dynamo Berlin in the European Cup.
In the Champions League in 1993, Bremen achieved the third miracle in the preliminary round. Against RSC Anderlecht in the first half Werder “were presented like never before in the European Cup” (Uli Borowka). Even 25 minutes before the end, coach Otto Rehhagel’s team was still 0:3 behind.
A number of fans had already left the Weser Stadium. Bitter, because Wynton Rufer (66′, 89′), Bernd Hobsch (80′), Rune Brateth (74′) and Marco Bode (83′) turned the game around within 24 minutes. “Friends, why are you looking for explanations? Better be happy that football is like this,” said Rehhagel after the game.
Manchester United 2-1 Bayern Munich, 1998/1999 final
“I can’t believe it. Football, bloody hell!” Sir Alex Ferguson was completely blown away – like the entire football world.
Mario Basler’s opening goal from the 6th minute lasted until the 91st minute. Shortly before the final whistle, Carsten Jancker and Mehmet Scholl failed because of the aluminum.
Probably the worst 102 seconds in the life of any Bayern fan followed. Teddy Sheringham swept away a long-range shot from Ryan Giggs after 90 minutes and 36 seconds. “That can’t be true,” exclaimed Marcel Reif RTL-Micro. The nightmare took its course. “The baby-faced Assassin” Ole Gunnar Solskjaer caused Munich’s European Cup trauma in the 93rd minute.
Deportivo La Coruna 1-4/4-0 AC Milan, 2003/04 Quarterfinals
It was a masterpiece, the 4:1. “This is the strongest AC Milan ever,” proclaimed Silvio Berlusconi. His Rossoneri shot Deportivo La Coruna from the Giuseppe Meazza Stadium after a 1-0 deficit with dream football. The 21-year-old newcomer Kaka was the outstanding man with his brace. Within just ten minutes, Milan converted a 0-1 into a 4-1.
“It’s too much against this team,” said Depor forward Albert Luque. Nobody expected anymore that the defending champion would let himself be denied a place in the semi-finals.
Then Walter Pandiani opened the scoring in the Riazor after five minutes. Shortly thereafter, the hero of the first leg, Kaka, was denied by a seemingly already beaten Jose Molina. It was Milan’s only chance in the first half. Depor lined up attack after attack and constricted Milan. The Galicians increased to 3:0 before half-time. All dams broke in the 76th minute when Joker Fran made it 4-0.
Liverpool FC – AC Milan 3:3 (3:3, 0:3) aet 3:2 pt, 2004/2005, final
A year later, Milan managed to lose a three-goal lead again. This time in just one half.
The “Miracle of Istanbul” shapes Liverpool’s self-image to this day: the Reds were shown for half a period. Paolo Maldini and Hernán Crespo (double) seemingly secured the title for Milan.
Rafa Benítez made a change at half-time for Didi Hamann. “All of a sudden we played safer and finally got things done up front,” recalls Hamann 11friends. Within just 15 minutes, the Reds turned a 0:3 into a 3:3.
“You could have assumed that the three goals would break Milan’s neck. But that wasn’t the case: while we were exhausted and dragging ourselves across the pitch, the Italians had plenty of chances,” says Hamann. The Reds saved themselves on penalties thanks to keeper Jerzy Dudek. The Pole held against Pirlo and Shevchenko and became a hero.
Borussia Dortmund – Malaga FC 0:0/3:2, 2012/2013, Quarterfinals
It was a magical night in April 2013, one of the most legendary moments in Dortmund club history. A moment in which Felipe Santana made himself immortal and Danny Fritz from BVB-Netradio shouted goal so often that you still had tinnitus in your ears weeks later.
After the 0-0 draw in Spain, BVB was 1-2 down after 90 minutes in the second leg. BVB needed two goals. And two goals came. Because this game was crazy, not from this planet, not to be understood. Just a miracle.
Marco Reus (90+1) and Felipe Santana (90+2) made the Westfalenstadion shake to its foundations. “We were all on the verge of a heart attack,” said coach Jürgen Klopp.
Paris Saint-Germain 0-4/6-1 Barcelona, 2016/17 Round of 16
A team has lost the first leg 4-0 on 58 occasions in the history of European competitions. This team was also eliminated 58 times.
But not Barca. The biggest “remontada” in history turned the Catalans into “legends”, as the Spanish press wrote.
Even at the Camp Nou, everything went according to plan for PSG after Edinson Cavani reduced the deficit to 3-1 in the 62nd minute. The away goal meant that Barça would now have to win 6-1 to progress to the quarter-finals. But not only that L’Equipe then saw a “historic sinking ship”.
Neymar (88′, 90’+1) and Sergi Roberto (90’+5) scored. “It’s a historic achievement that will be remembered forever,” said then-Barça President Josep Maria Bartomeu. A year later, Barça would find themselves on the other side.
AS Roma 1-4/3-0 FC Barcelona, 2017/18 Quarterfinals
Mouth wide open, eyes wide as well. The veins in the eyeball almost burst, every muscle in the body tenses. The 56,580 spectators at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome saw an almost frightening picture, as Kostas Manolas experienced a special kind of adrenaline rush: he had just scored 3-0 against FC Barcelona.
Manolas became a hero. He ensured Roma’s first semi-finals since 1984. “Rome risked everything. They needed goals, they showed an outstanding attitude and for whatever reason we couldn’t resist let alone create chances. They were us in every aspect superior”, analyzed Sergio Busquets.
Lionel Messi’s Catalan goal machine fired just three shots at Alisson’s goal throughout the game.
Liverpool FC 0-3/4-0 Barcelona FC, 2018/19, semi-finals
The Brazilian keeper moved to Liverpool in the summer. With the Reds he experienced the next comeback against Barça a few weeks ago. The Reds were not necessarily worse than Barça in the first leg, they just lacked the necessary match luck. “It was a great football game. I enjoyed the game, apart from the result I liked everything,” said Klopp.
Without Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino, the Reds, with a 3-0 mortgage from the first leg, were given no chance of creating the miracle. 95 spectacular, highly emotional and dramatic minutes followed at Anfield.
“It blows my mind,” said Klopp. With goals from Divock Origi and Giorgino Wijnaldum, Liverpool’s dream of a handle pot comes to life. Already legendary: Trent Alexander-Arnold’s corner kick, which led to the 4-0.
Tottenham Hotspur 0-1/3-2 Ajax Amsterdam, 2018/19, semifinals
Only 24 hours later, football Europe experienced the next spectacle. After the 1-0 win in London, the surprise team of the season also led 2-0 at home at the Johan Cruyff Stadium. By the 55th minute, Ajax was on course for the final.
Christian Eriksen was on the mic about an hour later and said: “Today it wasn’t about tactics, it was about the fight, heart and Lucas Moura.” The latter became the “Lucas of the Century”, like the L’Equipe titled. He scored as often that Wednesday night as in all his 38 CL games for ex-club PSG: three times!
“We are a family. This is God’s greatest gift to me and I will share it with my friends, my family and my teammates,” said the Brazilian after his gala, with which he took the Spurs to the first CL final in the club’s history led.
Real Madrid 3-4/3-1 Manchester City, 2021/22, semi-finals
It was to be Pep Guardiola’s sixth semi-final defeat – once again a Spanish team thwarted his plans.
In a spectacular first leg, Manchester City won 4-3. The fact that Pep’s star squad didn’t win higher despite numerous chances should take revenge.
In the second leg, Riyad Mahrez gave the Skyblues the lead in the 73rd minute, but Rodrygo made a great showing just before the end. The Brazilian saved the Madrilenians, who were believed dead, with a brace (90′, 90′ + 1′) into extra time (the away goals rule was abolished this season). In this, Karim Benzema, who later won the Ballon d’Or, made the decision with a penalty.
The culmination of an already spectacular CL season for Real, who had just eliminated PSG and Chelsea, was the 1-0 win over Liverpool in the final.