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Five other amazing sporting comebacks

1. Liverpool v AC Milan, 2005 Champions League final 2005

COMPLETELY blown away and trailing 3-0 at half-time. Steven Gerrard inspired an incredible comeback.

Gerrard scored himself to start the Reds riposte and goals from Vladimir Smicer and Xabi Alonso restored parity before Jerzy Dudek stopped Shevchenko's meek penalty in the shootout to give Liverpool their fifth European crown.

2. France v New Zealand, 1999 Rugby World Cup semi-final

New Zealand outside-half Andrew Mehrtens had described Les Bleus as "predictably unpredictable" and so they proved to be at Twickenham.

France trailed 24-10 at the interval with Jonah Lomu - scorer of two first-half tries - causing mayhem.

But in 30 jaw-dropping minutes Christophe Lamaison, scored a try, kicked two drop goals and two penalties to close the gap to 24-22 and added three more tries to inflict a remarkable 43-31 defeat on Lomu and co.

3. Stephen Hendry v Jimmy White, 1992 World Snooker Championship final

Jimmy White, nicknamed the whirlwind and dubbed the people's champion, looked set to win his first world title after storming to a 14-8 lead at the Crucible.

"Surely he's going to win it now," whispered BBC commentator Clive Everton to his audience when crowd favourite White was six frames ahead.

But the ruthless Hendry, the sport's youngest world champion after his victory over White in the 1990 final, went on to secure 10 successive frames, including three centuries, to clinch his second world title.

4. Ireland v England, 2006 Six Nations

Trailing 21-24 with two minutes remaining and pegged back in their own, Ronan O'Gara attempts a chip and chase which bounces delightfully for Brian O'Driscoll to release Shane Horgan down the wing.

Lewis Moody stops him five metres short, the ball is recycled and Peter Stringer who sends a looping pass to Horgan, Moody can't stop him stretching his 6ft 4in frame and ground in the corner with 99 seconds remaining on the clock.

With the wind swirling O'Gara sends the conversion attempt in off the upright and Ireland secured the triple crown at the home of English rugby.

5. Limerick v Offaly, 1994 All-Ireland hurling final

Five points up with five minutes to go, Limerick watched their dreams go up in smoke as Offaly banged in two goals in the space of 60 seconds from Johnny Dooley and Pat O'Connor and followed it up with five points to run out winners by six.

Cruelly for Limerick, winning manager Eamon Cregan was one of the county's greatest ever hurlers.


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