Friday 19 January 2018

Video: Five of the greatest comebacks of the Premier League era

Liverpool's Steven Gerrard appears dejected after Liverpool threw away a three goal lead
Liverpool's Steven Gerrard appears dejected after Liverpool threw away a three goal lead

Liverpool were cruising to a crucial victory over Crystal Palace after 77 minutes last night but Republic of Ireland international Damien Delaney sparked an amazing comeback as Palace secured a 3-3 draw. Here are five of the best comebacks of the Premier League era:

1. Tottenham 3 Man Utd 5, 2001

The very definition of a game of two halves, Tottenham were irresistible in their first period domination of the reigning champions, Les Ferdinand and Christian Ziege adding to Dean Richards's early strike to put Spurs on course for a famous victory.

After the break, however, the roles were reversed with United, presumably fresh from 15 minutes with a hairdryer, overwhelming the hosts.

Andy Cole, Laurent Blanc, Ruud van Nistelrooy, Juan Sebastian Veron (playing one of his few stand out matches from United) and David Beckham scored the goals.


2.  Newcastle 4 Arsenal 4, 2011

Take a comfortable four goal lead, add a half-time break, throw in a sending off and long held defensive brittleness and you end up with an incredible match.

After a barnstorming first 45 minutes Arsenal looked like champions in the making – Theo Walcott gave them the lead in the opening minute before Johan Djourou doubled the advantage almost instantly.

Just 10 later minutes Robin van Persie had made it three; then four before the break.

The game changed after Joey Barton provoked Abou Diaby in to lashing out and seeing red. Barton scored twice from the spot with Leon Best, in for the recently departed Andy Carroll, also on target. The stage thus set, Cheik Tiote levelled with an 87th minute screamer.

3. Manchester City 2 Fulham 3, 2008

Fulham went in to this match knowing only a victory would do if they wanted to avoid relegation - so when they found themselves 2-0 down it appeared their time in the top flight was over.

Yet on 70 minutes Diomansy Kamara netted before Danny Murphy equalised from the spot. Fulham continued to push on and in injury time Kamara lashed the ball into the top of the net to inspire a run of results that saw Fulham survive.

4. Leeds United 4 Derby County 3, 1997

3-0 down, the Leeds fans at Elland Road were understandably unhappy.

But then things began to click into gear, sparked by a stunning volley from Harry Kewell. That was followed by a goal from Rod Wallace before the half-time whistle went.

In the second period Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink equalised from the penalty spot before turning provider, pulling it back for Lee Bowyer to score the winner in injury time.

5. Chelsea 2 Arsenal 3 (1999, Premier League)

The match that turned Kanu into an Arsenal legend had seen Chelsea leading 2-0 with 15 minutes to go.

But the Nigerian would find the back of the net in the 75th, 83rd and 90th minute to score one of the most remarkable Premier League hat-tricks.

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