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5 Greatest Comebacks in Champions League History

5. CHELSEA 4 VS SSC NAPOLI 1- round of 16, 2012.The first leg’s 3-1 defeat at the Stadio San Paolo in Italy resulted in the…

5. CHELSEA 4 VS SSC NAPOLI 1- round of 16, 2012.
The first leg’s 3-1 defeat at the Stadio San Paolo in Italy resulted in the sack of Andre Villa Boas as Chelsea Manager and was replaced by assistant manager and former old boy Roberto Di Matteo who has the responsibility of overturning the result heaped on him and the Blues didn’t let him down on the night as goals from Didier Drogba, John Terry and Frank Lampard forced the tie into extra time and Defender Branislav Ivanovic completing the turnaround in the 105th minute.

4. BARCELONA 4 VS AC MILAN 0- round of 16, 2013.
It was on record that no team ever recovered from 2-0 without the benefit of an away goal but the Catalan giants didn’t let that negative statistic affect them after losing by the aforementioned score line in Italy, confident in their abilities and the home comforts of the Camp Nou.
    Barcelona’s Lionel Messi’s double strike in the first half cancelled Milan’s lead and the Blaugrana took control of the tie with an early goal from David Villa in the second half and the Barca’s faithful had their hearts in their mouths when AC milan’s M’baye Niang hit the post for the visitors before left back Jordi Alba goal secured ultimate victory and progression to the next round for the hosts.

3. AS MONACO 3 VS REAL MADRID 1- quarter finals, 2004.
The first leg was famous for AS Monaco’s Manager Didier Deschamps reaction when asked if he thought the tie was over after going down 4-2 at the Santiago Bernabeu and he said”if I thought that I’ll better off staying at home” and his team didn’t let him down in the second leg in France, led by the inform Ludovic Guily.
Even after going down 1-0 nil in the at home 2 goals from Ludovic Guily sandwiched in between Fernando Morientes’ who was ironically on loan from Real Madrid meant the French giants go through on away goals after a thrilling 5-5 aggregate.

2. BARCELONA 5 VS CHELSEA 1- quarter finals, 2000.
This was before the Roman Abramovich era which has seen Chelsea become a major force to reckon with in the European circles, inspired by talisman Gianfranco Zola, the Blues won the first leg at the Stamford Bridge by 3-1 but the tie was far from over considering the array of talents at Barcelona’s disposal and it came to the fore at Camp Nou.
Rivaldo’s scintillating free kick and Luis Figo’s tap in put the hosts in front by half time, Chelsea Striker Andre Flo’s goal gave the visitors some glimmer of hope before it evaporated after Dani Garcia scored Barca’s third for the night then Rivaldo’s penalty and Dutch Striker Patrick Kluivert’s goal finished off the blues in Extra time.
1. RC DEPORTIVO LA CORUNA VS AC MILAN-quarter finals 2003/2004
After losing 4-1 at the San Siro in the first leg, even die hard Deportivo la Coruna fans found it hard to believe anything fruitful could come out of the second leg fixture at the Riazor but when striker Walter Pandiani put the hosts 1-0 up inside 2minutes, a football miracle was on the way, Midfielders Juan Carlos Valeron and Albert Luque made it 3-0 by half time which was enough to see Depor go through but the Italian giants didn’t get any mercy as substitute Fran Gonzales added a fourth in the 76th minute to make AC Milan’s visit to Spain one to remember for the Rossoneri.

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