The word “remuntada” , so popular in the modern and abused terminology of football, was invented by those of Barcelona in 2010, after the first leg semi-final against Inter, lost 3-1 at San Siro. A word as inflated as it is in itself not very appropriate because, until that day, there was no sign of a comeback. Barcelona, ​​in the return match won 1-0, but could not overturn the result.

Until that day, in fact. Because the Blaugrana have rewritten the chapter “crazy and unexpected comebacks” in the eighth return of the 2017 edition of the Champions League . After the defeat in the first leg against the PSG capable of winning4-0 , Luis Enrique’s boys defeated history with a sensational 6-1 , as bombastic as it was dramatically achieved in the last minutes of the game.
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If sport can give us titanic feats (remember the recent Super Bowl won by the Patriots and Tom Brady or Steven Bradbury ‘s more light-hearted comeback ) and on the green playing field we have witnessed dramatically exciting epinics. Here are some historical comebacks:

1957, Charlton – Huddersfield 7-6
It is the most incredible comeback in the Queen’s long and glorious football history . Charlton Athletic , relegated to First Division, managed to score six goals in less than half an hour . On Christmas Eve, and December 1957, Bill Shankly’s Huddersfield Town (which will make Liverpool fans happy in the future) leads 5-1 thanks also to the injury of Derek Ufton, captain of Charlton who was dislocated a shoulder after 17 minutes, leaving the team in 10 men.

Johnny Summers is the leader of this feat: he is the author of the first goal, then he needs the assist to Johnny Ryan for the 5-2 and he himself scores two more goals up to 78 ‘.Four goals for him and 5-5 . Three more minutes pass and Summers scores his fifth goal , but Huddersfield are not there and four minutes before the end they score 6-6.
The last whisper, however, bears the signature of Ryan who, again on the assist of the Summers tarantolato, achieves the defined 7-6 .

Huddersfield are the only English side to lose a game despite scoring six goals . There is an anecdote surrounding this legendary match: at the end of the first half Summers was forced to change his “lucky” shoes because they were battered. He, a natural left-handed, scores all the goals with his right foot ;

1966, North Korea – Portugal 3-5

World Cup in England . In the homeland of crazy bets, on the eve, no one would have bet a cent to see North Korea and bitter Portugal in the quarter-finals . The Asians, however, had incredibly beaten Italy, while the Lusitanians could count on Eusebio ‘s inspiration . Yet, the fear of another sensational defeat similar to that of the Azzurri seems to take shape when, at Liverpool’s Goodison Park stadium, North Korea leads the match 3-0 after 25 minutes .
But the black panther is not there and roars: four of his goals allow Portugal to recover while Jose Augusto scores the final 5-3 ;

1970, West Germany – England 3-2
Four years have passed since the 1966 Wembley final with the British victory over the Germans. In Mexico, for the 1970 World Cup , West Germany and England meet in the quarter-finals, but this time it is the Teutonics who raise their arms to the sky, winning 3-2, at the end of an incredible match .
The English, in fact, ahead 2-0, are recovered and overcome in extra time dragged by a sumptuous Beckenbauer , fulcrum and author of the first goal and by Gerd Muller who achieves the 3-2 goal. The turning point of the match however and the right wing Grabowskiwho, having entered 0-2, was able to send the English defense into a tailspin;

1999, Manchester United – Bayern Munich 2-1

Modern era, same Greek tragedy. Champions League final 1999 edition , Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona.
I popped into the field for the awards ceremony and was confused. I thought: “It is not possible, whoever won is crying and whoever lost is dancing”

Lennart Johansson , president of Uefa , had walked away during injury time. He had left the match 1-0 in favor of the Bavarians who had taken the lead in the ‘6 with a free kick from Basler and had nearly doubled with goalposts and crossbars several times.
But the Red Devilsthey try everything and the two forwards Teddy Sheringham and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer enter the field . Incredibly, they are the ones who overturn the result: in fact in the two minutes of injury time allowed by Pierluigi Collina, first the English striker corrects an almost harmless shot by Ryan Giggs, then on the development of a corner the Norwegian striker is very quick to turn under the crossbar. the goal that gave Manchester the cup that had been missing for 31 years;

2001, Tottenham – Manchester United 3-5
It is Manchester United again, this time in the Premier League , 2001-2002 season. Despite the signings of Veron and Ruud van Nisterlooy, Alex Ferguson’s teamwill not be able to win the fourth league in a row which will pass into the hands of Arsenal.
But in London, at White Hart Lane , in September, Manchester United still proves to be a comeback beast: Tottenham, above three goals in the first half (Richards, Les Ferdinand and Ziege) are overwhelmed in the second half by the Red Devils with the markings by Cole, Blanc, van Nistelrooy, Veron and Beckham;

2004, Deportivo la Coruna – Milan 4-0
It is a historical moment in favor of Milan: with the arrival of Ancelotti on the bench, the Rossoneri return to scare in Europe and in Italy . But between unforgettable and glorious evenings, Milan also slipped sensationally, inexplicably .
In the 2004 quarter-finals of the Champions League, AC Milan, strong 4-1 in the first leg against the Spaniards also thanks to a beautiful game, showed up at the Riazor , but the lights went out. Milan succumbs while from the start Deportivo believes in the comeback and scores first with Pandiani after only 5 minutes and then with Valeron, Luque and Fran ;

2004, Inter – Sampdoria 3-2
It is the symbol of the black and blue comebacks. He is the practical personification of Inter, of its madness that knows how to involve the fans . From despair to exaltation in six minutes .
At San Siro, Tonetto gives Sampdoria the lead at the end of the first half, then in the 36th minute and even 0-2 with the signing of Kutuzov . Sampdoria fans surprised, Inter fans astonished. Someone starts going home, but Inter remain on the pitch, focused until they hear the final whistle.

First Martins, then Vieri and then Recoba’s surgical left. Antonioli remains stone, Mancini, Inter coach, jumps from one side of the bench to the other. It is delirium at San Siro;

2005, Liverpool – Milan 3-3

Six minutes . It is the most dramatic turn of the clock in the history of the Rossoneri. In Istanbul , the 50th Champions League final against Liverpool, still today many are wondering what really happened . AC Milan and its tenth final, a sparkling AC Milan with Kaka by now established, Shevchenko and Crespo lethal offensive points, who unlocks the match already at the opening, after less than a minute, with captain Paolo Maldini .

Then Crespo makes two ; Milan also close to the fourth goal, but in the second half, the imponderable happens in 360 seconds : first Gerrard with the head, then Smicer from outside the area and thenXabi Alonso on the rebound of a penalty saved by Dida.
The Rossoneri shake up, close to the net of advantage but Dudek is in a state of grace. He blocks everything, with a Grobbelaar style , even from 11 meters, during the penalty lottery;

2016, Liverpool – Borussia Dortmund 4-3

It is the freshest, but also the most pyrotechnic victory in comeback . In England, the next day there was talk of the new “Fab four” , reminiscent of the Beatles , to describe the emotions felt at the four networks. Anfield is the scene of a match with many feelings: Jurgen Klopp , on the bench of the Reds, finds the Dortmund that he made spectacular and winning.
From the hell at the start of the match (two Dortmund goals in eight minutes with Mkhitaryan and Aubameyang) to heaven in the final minutes. Origi’s 2-1 that gives hope, then Reus’s 3-1 goal seems to close the game . But Kop pushes and believes in the enterprise: firstCoutinho, then Sakho and, finally, Lovren headed in the recovery. After the 1-1 first leg, the hosts won a semifinal which, fifteen minutes from the end of the match, seemed impossible to grab.

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