23 Jan 19
Even the most optimistic Burton Albion fan (and there probably aren’t that many around) could not possibly see how their side could overturn a 9-0 deficit against Manchester City, one of the finest teams in world football.
To say Burton were put to the sword would be an understatement
Manager Nigel Clough is not holding out hope. “Manchester City are coming to town, one of the best teams in the world, and we’ve just to enjoy it for what it is. I just want the players to go out an enjoy it,” he told talkSPORT.
He’s right, hopes of making the final are extremely faint, however, one thing that makes football so great are games which have seen teams come back from seemingly impossible positions.
Here are some of the greatest against-the-odds comebacks that Burton could perhaps take inspiration from…
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Newcastle 4-4 Arsenal
Newcastle scored four goals in 19 second-half minutes to secure an incredible comeback draw against a shocked Arsenal side in January 2011.
Arsene Wenger’s men found themselves four goals to the good but collapsed at St James’ Park as two Joey Barton penalties, Leon Best’s strike and an excellent volley by the late Cheick Tiote resulted in one of the iconic Premier League matches.
This draw was basically the beginning of the end of the Gunners’ title challenge for that season as they failed to close the gap on Manchester United, who ran away with the crown in the end.
Tiote celebrates Newcastle’s equalising goal
Barcelona 6-1 (agg 6-5) Paris Saint-Germain
A big shout out to all the journalists who had to file through on-the-whistle reports for this Champions League last-16 tie in 2017 as Barcelona scored three goals in the final six minutes to change the entire course of the tie.
After a 4-0 defeat in Paris, Barca looked dead and buried and despite starting well at the Nou Camp, it definitely looked all over when Edinson Cavani scored early in the second-half to make it 5-3 to the French side on aggregate.
However, Neymar truly took the game by the scruff of the neck when he scored two goals before providing the assist for Sergi Roberto to make it 6-1 on the night and sensationally send the LaLiga giants through.
Germany 4-4 Sweden
This incredible 2014 World Cup qualifier doesn’t grab the headlines as much because it didn’t lead to either Germany’s decline or Sweden reaching the tournament but it’s still an impressive effort nonetheless.
With half an hour to play, Joachim Low’s men were 4-0 up at Berlin’s Olympic Stadium in October 2012 and cruising but Sweden had other ideas.
Ibrahimovic got the comeback rolling for Sweden
Goals from Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Mikael Lustig, Johan Elmander and Rasmus Elm incredibly to draw the game 4-4.
But as well all know, Germany went on to win the World Cup in Brazil so who are the real losers?
Reading 5-7 (aet) Arsenal
Another game featuring Arsenal but this time it’s a happy one for Gooners.
The travelling fans would have had the shock of their lives when they found themselves 4-0 down after 37 minutes in a League Cup tie at Reading in October 2012.
Walcott scored a hat-trick in a jam-packed evening
But Arsenal showed great character to come back and make it 4-4 in the sixth minute of stoppage time.
They went onto win the game 7-5 after another 30 minutes but lost in the next round to League Two Bradford on penalties…
Bournemouth 4-3 Liverpool
Liverpool’s defence used to be shocking under Jurgen Klopp but even this was bad by their standards.
A huge collapse saw the Reds blow a 3-1 lead with less than 20 minutes to play to lose to Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium in December 2016.
This was not Karius’ last costly error in a Liverpool shirt
Goals from Ryan Fraser, Steve Cook and Nathan Ake, following Loris Karius’ error secured the famous win for the Cherries and it was a sign of things to come until Klopp finally sorted out the defence last summer.
Roma 3-0 (agg 4-4) Barcelona
Barcelona are not the team they were under the days of Pep Guardiola’s management but to overturn a three-goal deficit against them was a stunning effort by Roma.
The Serie A giants had it all to do after losing 4-1 at the Nou Camp but got off to the perfect start when Edin Dzeko gave them a sixth-minute lead in the second-leg.
Daniele de Rossi made it 2-0 just short of the hour and the imposing Stadio Olimpico crowd willed their team on and Kostas Manolas headed their third home on 82 minutes to send Rome bonkers.
They were knocked out in the semi-finals to Premier League side Liverpool, however, overcoming Barca will live long in the memory.
Belgium 3-2 Japan
This was arguably the most entertaining game of the World Cup finals in Russia as a manic second-half saw Belgium clinch a 3-2 win over Japan in the last-16 tie in Rostov.
A shock appeared to be on the cards after quickfire goals from Genki Haraguchi and Takashi Inui put Japan 2-0 up on 52 minutes.
However, the Red Devils came back and were level thanks to Jan Vertonghen’s looping header and Marouane Fellaini’s goal.
And in the fourth minute of stoppage-time, the stunning turnaround was complete when Nacer Chadli’s finished off an excellent counter-attack to send Belgium through to the quarter-finals.
Fulham 4-1 (5-4 agg) Juventus
It may seem like a distant memory now but once upon a time, Fulham almost won the Europa League.
In 2010, Roy Hodgson guided the Cottagers to the final but they lost 2-1 to Atletico Madrid, however, it was Fulham’s last-16 tie against Juventus which made all the headlines.
This was one of the most famous night’s in Fulham’s history
When David Trezeguet gave Juve a 4-1 aggregate lead early in the second-leg at Craven Cottage it appeared to be all over.
But Fulham came roaring back and Bobby Zamora’s strike, two goals from Zoltan Gera and Clint Dempsey’s exquisite chip secured the famous win against the two-time European champions.
AC Milan 3-3 (2-3 pens) Liverpool
It’s a game all your Liverpool fan friends will never let you forget and why would they not go on about it?
Istanbul 2005 was a truly remarkable comeback by a fairly average Reds side against a star-studded AC Milan.
The tie looked all over at half-time
Rafael Benitez’s men were 3-0 down at half-time in their first Champions League final for 20 years thanks to Paolo Maldini’s volley inside 50 seconds and Hernan Crespo’s double.
But less than 15 minutes after the restart Liverpool were somehow level. Steven Gerrard’s header got the ball rolling before Vladimir Smicer got their second moments later.
Gerrard was then felled in the box by Gennaro Gattuso. Xabi Alonso stepped up and had his penalty saved but the Spaniard scored from the rebound.
Steven Gerrard with the iconic Champions League trophy
The Merseysiders rode their luck after that but made it to penalties and it was much-maligned goalkeeper Jerzy Dudek who became the hero as Milan missed three penalties in the shootout to secure Liverpool’s fifth and to date last European crown.
Manchester City 3-2 Queens Park Rangers
This is arguably the most iconic game in Premier League history as Sergio Aguero’s last-gasp strike saw Manchester City take the title off Manchester United in the most incredible of circumstances.
City needed to beat lowly QPR to secure their first league title in 44 years and it was all going swimmingly when Pablo Zabaleta gave them the lead shortly before the break.
But disaster struck when quick goals from Djibril Cisse and Jamie Mackie made it 2-1 to ten-man QPR – Joey Barton being given his marching orders in between the goals.
This was City’s first ever Premier League crown
Just when City were running out of ideas Edin Dzeko equalised in the 90th minute to give them a glimmer of hope.
A glimmer was all they needed though and Aguero was the hero when he scored with seconds remaining of the 2011/12 season.
So maybe not all is lost for Burton chasing a nine-goal deficit – find out if they can overturn the odds on talkSPORT 2 at 19:45 on 22 January here.
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