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Top five Premier League comebacks

Manchester United staged a superb second-half comeback against Newcastle last weekend, with Jose Mourinho’s men winning 3-2 after being two nil down after 45 minutes. However, as dramatic as that was, it didn’t even come close to some of the other great comebacks in Premier League history. Here’s our top five…

5. Norwich 4-4 Middlesbrough – 2004/05

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Middlesbrough led Norwich by a seemingly unassailable three-goal lead with just 10-minutes to go when the Canaries pulled off an unlikely comeback.

The game was level at the interval, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink cancelling out a Damien Francis opener for Norwich.

In the second half, Middlesbrough took control. Frank Queudrue scored a double before Hasselbaink added his second to give the visitors a commanding 4-1 lead.

Dean Ashton pulled one back to give Norwich a glimmer of hope, but with the game entering stoppage time they still trailed by two.

Leon Mckenzie got Norwich’s third to set-up a grandstand finish, before Adam Drury equalised with virtually the last-kick to snatch the unlikeliest of points.

 

4. Tottenham 3-5 Manchester United – 2000/01

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A game that symbolised the character of Manchester United during the Sir Alex Ferguson era, the defending champions found themselves facing a 3-0 half-time deficit at White Hart Lane.

Goals from debutant Dean Richards, Les Ferdinand and Christian Ziege put the dominant hosts three goals up at the break and seemingly in control.

Ferguson introduced Ole Gunnar Solkskjaer at the break to join Andy Cole and Ruud van Nistelrooy in attack, and inspired by David Beckham, United began to turn the tide.

Seemingly transformed after the interval, Cole, Laurent Blanc and Van Nistelrooy drew United level before Juan Sebastien Veron put the visitors in front for the first time.

Beckham, who had already assisted three goals, scored a magnificent fifth to seal a memorable win.

 

3. Crystal Palace 3-3 Liverpool – 2013/14

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A game etched into Premier League folklore, Liverpool travelled to Crystal Palace with realistic hopes of a first top flight title in 24 years.

Steven Gerrard’s unfortunate slip against Chelsea the previous week had handed the title initiative back to Manchester City, but as Liverpool raced into a three-goal lead at Selhurst Park their fans began to believe again.

Joe Allen, Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez put Brendan Rodgers’ side in a commanding position, but behind City on goal difference they continued to attack.

The game, and their title hopes, fell apart in the space of just 11 minutes. Damien Delaney pulled one back for Palace, before Dwight Gayle’s brace stunned Liverpool.

Luis Suarez left the pitch in tears, consoled by his captain as Liverpool’s long wait for an elusive Premier League title continued.

‘Crystanbul’ was born.

 

2. Newcastle 4-4 Arsenal – 2010/11

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The only time in Premier League history that a team has come back from 4-0 down, Newcastle played out a thriller at St James Park with Arsenal.

Arsenal were in cruise control, racing into a 2-0 lead within just three minutes courtesy of Theo Walcott and Johan Djourou before Robin Van Persie added a third after just ten minutes.

Before the half-hour mark, the Dutch striker had his second and Arsenal’s fourth and the game looked as good as finished.

Their comfortable lead soon turned to complacency. Joey Barton scored a brace from the penalty spot to reduce the arrears before Leon Best scored Newcastle’s third.

With three minutes remaining, Newcastle midfielder Cheik Tiote crashed in a stunning left-footed volley to send the Toon faithful wild and secure Newcastle an improbable but deserved point.

 

1. Manchester City 3-2 QPR – 2011/12

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Perhaps not the most difficult comeback on this list but certainly the Premier League’s most iconic.

Manchester City headed into their final day clash with relegation threatened QPR knowing a win would deliver their first league title since 1968. The game started well, Pablo Zabaleta giving City the lead shortly before half-time.

Soon after the restart and things began to unravel, Djibril Cisse levelling for QPR. Shortly after, former City midfielder Joey Barton was sent-off following a clash with Carlos Tevez and the visitors were reduced to 10.

Despite their numerical disadvantage QPR, in desperate need of points themselves, took a shock lead through Jamie Mackie and it looked as if a dramatic collapse was coming to fruition.

Heading into stoppage time trailing, and with title rivals Manchester United leading at Sunderland, City needed a miracle.

Edin Dzeko headed in an equaliser to give them hope, but with United having won it looked like the title would be heading to Old Trafford.

As full-time approached, Sergio Aguero slammed home the most dramatic of winners, capping a remarkable comeback and delivering the title in barely believable circumstances.

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