2017/18 UEFA Champions League semi-finals 2nd leg is upon us with Real Madrid vs Bayern Munich and AS Roma vs Liverpool being the 2 fixtures which will see an enthralling 2nd leg ties which will eventually decide the final 2 teams of 2017/18 UEFA Champions League seasons. Real Madrid vs Bayern Munich is based on a knife-edge after Real Madrid’s 2-1 away win in the 1st leg but we cannot rule out Bayern’s comeback given the history of teams making a comeback after losing the 1st leg. AS Roma would be drawing similar inspirations after they were humbled 5-2 in the 1st leg but if anyone can make a comeback in the second leg of Champions League semi-final clash against Liverpool then it is AS Roma after their incredible 3-0 2nd leg win against Barcelona despite losing the 1st leg 3-1 at Camp Nou. Both AS Roma and Bayern Munich will be looking to draw inspiration from the previous 2nd leg comeback wins in the Champions League. On that note, we take a look at the 5 teams who have made a comeback in the second leg of Champions League knockout stage.
1). Barcelona 6-1 PSG (Round of 16, 2016-17 Season)
It is arguably regarded as the mother of 2nd leg comebacks in Champions League history when they came back from a 4-0 first leg deficit against PSG. When PSG had scored 4 past Barcelona at Parc des Princes, no one and I truly mean no one had given Barcelona any chance of achieving the impossible task of overturning the 4-0 deficit from the first leg. However, Barcelona did one better and won 6-1 in the 2nd leg and qualified to the 2016-17 Champions League quarter-final with a 6-5 aggregate win. Sergi Roberto scored the injury-time winner to complete the most remarkable 2nd leg comeback in Champions League knockout rounds history. Recalling on the win, former Barcelona and current PSG star Neymar said: “I told him (Roberto): ‘Get into the box! You’re going to score!” Sergi Roberto added: “I didn’t know if I was dreaming … I have never known cheers like that.”
2). AS Roma 3-0 Barcelona (Quarter-final, 2017/18 Season)
Look no further than the Champions League 2017/18 quarter-final to find one of the most remarkable 2nd leg comebacks in Champions League knockout rounds as AS Roma after being beaten 3-1 in the 1st leg at Camp Nou pulled off a remarkable comeback. Much like Barcelona’s win over PSG, no one gave AS Roma any chance of overhauling the 1st leg deficit yet the Italians managed a perfect result in the 2nd leg and beat Barcelona 3-0 at Stadio Olimpico. Edin Dzeko, Daniel De Rossi, and Kostas Manolas were the scorers as AS Roma completed one of the most remarkable 2nd leg comebacks in Champions League knockout rounds history.
3). Chelsea 4-1 Napoli (Round of 16, 2011/12 Season)
Premier League fans would remember this match as Chelsea were considered down and out after losing the 1st leg of Round of 16 tie 3-1 in the Champions League 2011/12 season at Naples. Napoli were the odds-on favorite to qualify for the next round, however, Chelsea had other ideas as goals from Didier Drogba, John Terry, and Frank Lampard saw Chelsea go level on the aggregate after Gokhan Inler’s goal in the 2nd half for Napoli. Extra time was upon us and Chelsea held heir nerve as Branislav Ivanovic scored a goal in the 105th minute to ensure there were no Chelsea tears at the end of the tie and The Blues fans saw their home team complete a stunning 2nd leg comeback in Champions League knockout rounds history.
4). Manchester United 3-0 Olympiacos (Round of 16, 2013/14 Season)
Speaking of comebacks, there are few teams which do it like Manchester United and this particular came after the Fergie Time as United were playing in Champions League without Sir Alex Ferguson for the first time. David Moyes saw his United side get beaten 2-0 in the 1st leg by Olympiacos and the onus was on them to spark a comeback in the 2nd leg to ensure they progress to the quarter-final of the 2013/14 Champions League season. Robin van Persie took it upon himself to ensure Man United register a stunning Champions League 2nd leg comeback. Man United prevailed with a 3-2 aggregate win but had to suffer a defeat on the away-goals rule against Bayern Munich in the next round.
5). Deportivo La Coruna 4-0 AC Milan (Quarter-final, 2003/04 Season)
Perhaps one of the more forgotten comebacks in Champions League history sees AC Milan screw up their 4-1 first-leg lead against the back-then formidable Deportivo La Coruna side. That Deportivo side was capable of beating anyone on the night and AC Milan found that in a rather painful way. Goals from Pandiani 5, Valeron 34, Luque 44, Fran 76 saw Deportivo La Coruna stage a sensational comeback in the 2nd leg of Champions League 2003/04 Quarter-final season and while many might not remember their feat, we found it worthy of mentioning it in our list of best 2nd leg comebacks in Champions League knockout rounds history. Something Bayern Munich and AS Roma can take note of as they look to face a gigantic task of mounting a 2nd leg comeback in 2017/18 Champions League semi-finals.