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Top 5 Remarkable Europa League Second-Leg Comebacks

By Chris Wright

With a doff of the cap to Valencia for last night’s Europa League extravaganza against Basel (more on that shortly), here’s Pies’ pick of our five favourite Europa league/UEFA Cup second-leg comebacks…

5. Paris Saint-Germain 4-1 Real Madrid, 1993

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With Real Madrid carrying over an nigh-on unassailable 3-1 lead from the first leg of the quarter-finals, PSG put in a shift and a half at the Parc des Prince to claw themselves back into it.

George Weah scored after half-an-hour to provide PSG with a lifeline before two incredibly late quick-fire goals from David Ginola and Valdo (scored in the 80th and 87th minutes respectively) put the French side on the brink of squeaking through.

Ivan Zamorano then popped up with an 89th-minute goal for Madrid to widdle all over PSG’s bonfire, though, just as the tie seemed destined to go the distance, PSG defender Antoine Kombouare headed home to put his side through once and for all – thus putting the seal on the Spaniards’ heaviest European defeat in 12 years and earning himself the dubious nickname “Casque d’Or” (“Golden Helmet”) in the process.

4. Valencia 5-0 Basel, 2014

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Trailing 3-0 from the first leg in Switzerland, Valencia needed a bleedin’ miracle to salvage anything in the second – and a bleedin’ miracle they duly staged, winning 5-0 (after extra-time) on home soil to well and truly turn their nine-man opponents over.

Brought about by a goal apiece from Eduardo Vargas and Juan Bernat and a hat-trick from striker Paco Alcacer, El Che’s remarkable back-from-the-dead performance marked the first time any team has recovered from a 3-0 first-leg deficit since the tournament was rebranded as the Europa League in 2009/10.

Highlights available here.

4. Middlesbrough 4-1 Basel, 2006

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Having somehow scraped their way past Roma on away goals in the last 16, it looked like the quarter-finals would be the end of the road for Middlesbrough as far as their European run was concerned after taking a 2-0 beating at the hands of Basel in the first leg in Switzerland.

23 minutes into the second leg at the Riverside they found themselves 0-3 down on aggregate, but then…it began.

Thanks to two goals from Mark Viduka and a late one from Jimmy Floyd Hasselbiank, Boro suddenly found themselves level at 3-3 as the tie moved into final ten minutes.

Flushed with fresh impetus, Steve McClaren’s side beavered away in a desperate blitz for a winner as Basel battened down the hatches, and, lo and behold – cometh the 90th minute, cometh Massimo Maccarone and cometh a truly classic piece of ecstatic commentary from Boro TV’s Ali Brownlee…

3.  Middlesbrough 4-2 Steaua Bucharest, 2006

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After knackering themselves out against Basel, Boro once again lost the first leg against Steaua – going down by a single goal to nil in Romania.

Then, in an almost identical repeat of their quarter-final, McClaren’s side went three goals down on aggregate by conceding twice in the first 25 minutes in the second leg at the Riverside.

But then…it began: Maccarone, Viduka and Chris Riggot scoring to pull Boro level before the bald-domed Italian striker certified his place as a club legend by popping up to score a 90th-minute winner for the second time on the bounce.

Astonishing. Truly astonishing. Boro got trounced 4-0 by Sevilla in the final, but hey ho.

2. Werder Bremen 6-2 Spartak Moscow, 1987

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Werder Bremen lost 4-1 in the first leg of their second round tie in Russia, but came back to soundly whup Alexander Mostovoi and co. in the return, pummelling their opponents by six goals to two to win the game by a 7-6 aggregate scoreline on the banks of the river Weser.

The victory was part of a remarkable streak of European comebacks that Bremen coach Otto Rehhagel oversaw during the 1980′s – four famous games their fans now refer to as the “Vier Wunder von der Weser“, so famous, in fact, that there’s a song about it.

1. Fulham 4-1 Juventus, 2010

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Having been comprehensively pasted 3-1 in the first leg by a vastly superior Juventus team, no-one gave Fulham a prayer of fettling themselves anything from the second leg at Craven Cottage.

When the Cottagers then went and conceded a fourth (courtesy of David Trezeguet) inside two minutes of the second leg, their heroic Europa League tilt looked dead in the grimy waters of the neighbouring Thames.

However, Bobby Zamora plundered one back for Roy Hodgson’s side just five minutes later and the watching world began to stir – a frisson that turned into wide-eyed amazement when Juve had captain Fabio Cannavaro sent off and Zoltan Gera stuck away a brace shortly thereafter to put the home side 3-1 up on the night and, against all the odds, level the aggregate score a 4-4.

Juventus held firm as Fulham swarmed in search of an elusive winner, but it was then, in the 82nd minute, that Clint Dempsey painted his masterpiece – chipping a beautiful shot that almost seemed to hover over stand-in ‘keeper Antonio Chimenti in slow-motion before dropping inside the far top corner to send little ol’ Fulham into the quarter-finals.

Fulham went on to battle their way to the final in Hamburg, where they lost 2-1 to Atletico Madrid after extra-time.

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By Chris on April 11th, 2014 in Europa League, Featured, Retro, Top 10s & lists, Videos. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.
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6 Responses to “Top 5 Remarkable Europa League Second-Leg Comebacks”

  1. Ian says:

    It’s Antonio Chimenti in goal for Juve not Buffon..

  2. Anonymous says:

    You lads have to check this video out although it is not from recent recent Europa League times but from CWC 1985. To me, this is probably the most legendary comeback in the history of european tournaments. On top, there was some severe GDR / West Germany rivalry to it which also makes it worth watching.

    1st leg Dynamo Dresden – Bayer Uerdingen 2:0 (0:0)
    2nd leg Bayer Uerdingen – Dyanamo Dresden 7:3 (1:3)

  3. PetrovskyKSC says:

    You lads have to check this video out although it is not from recent recent Europa League times but from CWC 1985. To me, this is probably the most legendary comeback in the history of european tournaments. On top, there was some severe GDR / West Germany rivalry to it which also makes it worth watching.

    1st leg Dynamo Dresden – Bayer Uerdingen 2:0 (0:0)
    2nd leg Bayer Uerdingen – Dyanamo Dresden 7:3 (1:3)

  4. DavidMFC says:

    2 of the best nights of my life those Riverside results against Steaua and Basel, Maccarone went down in folklore for his big parts in both results. At one point in both fixtures we had Yakubu, Viduka, Hasselbaink and Macca on the pitch, not a bad front 4!

  5. Ridjobrki says:

    Sorry guys but no list of great comebacks can be taken seriously if it does not contain Deportivo La Coruna’s 4:0 comeback vs. AC Milan in 2004 after being 1:4 down after the first leg of CL 1/4 finals.

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