Memorable Champions League knockout-stage comebacks

Roma’s 3-0 win over Barcelona put them into the semi-finals of the Champions League.

Their single away goal in a 4-1 first leg defeat set up the comeback and the Italian side completed the job on home soil with goals from Edin Dzeko, Daniele de Rossi’s penalty and Kostas Manolas.

Here, FP looks at some of the Champions League’s greatest second-leg reversals.

Barcelona 6 Paris St Germain 1 (Barcelona win 6-5 on aggregate) – March 2017

The Catalan giants became the first team in Champions League history to overturn a four-goal first-leg deficit, putting together an all-time European classic in the process.

A 4-0 defeat in France briefly looked like a changing of the guard moment, with PSG lording it over the established giants, but the comeback only served to deepen the Barca mythology.

With 88 minutes on the clock PSG still held a 5-3 lead on aggregate but a free-kick and penalty from Neymar, followed by Sergi Roberto’s last-gasp settler completed a heist for the ages.

Deportivo La Coruna 4 AC Milan 0 (Deportivo win 5-4 on aggregate) – April 2004

Deportivo La Coruna's players celebrate the fourth goal scored by Fran
Deportivo celebrate the fourth goal scored by Fran (Tony Marshall/EMPICS)

No eyebrows were raised when Serie A giants Milan thumped Deportivo 4-1 in the first leg at San Siro, with superstars Kaka, Andriy Shevchenko and Andrea Pirlo living up to their star billing.

But three goals in a remarkable first half at Riazor, sparked by Walter Pandiani’s opener, turned the tie around. The Rossoneri were hanging on until the 76th minute, when Fran sent Deportivo through.

Monaco 3 Real Madrid 1 (Monaco progress on away goals after 5-5 aggregate score) – April 2004

The scoreboard shows Monaco's win on the night sending them through on away goals.
Monaco edged through at the expense of Real (Adam Davy/EMPICS)

Real Madrid should have read the small print when they sent Fernando Morientes to Monaco on loan in 2003. Annoyingly, he scored against them in the first leg of this quarter-final tie, but they won 4-2.

A healthy lead established, Los Blancos headed for Monte Carlo full of confidence, only for Morientes to once again stick the knife into his employers, with Ludovic Giuly’s brace sealing their fate.

Manchester United 3 Olympiacos 0 (Manchester United win 3-2 on aggregate) – March 2014

Robin van Persie (right) celebrates scoring their third goal
Robin van Persie (right) celebrates United’s third goal (Peter Byrne/PA)

Patience with Sir Alex Ferguson’s successor David Moyes was already wearing thin among the Old Trafford faithful, and a 2-0 defeat to Greek side Olympiacos a month earlier did little to aid the Scot.

But Robin van Persie gave Moyes a little longer in the hotseat by scoring a hat-trick in Manchester to steer United into the quarter-finals, a stage at which Bayern Munich proved too strong for them.

Chelsea 2 Paris St Germain 0 (Chelsea progress on away goals after 3-3 aggregate score) – April 2014

Chelsea's Demba Ba scores his side's second goal
Demba Ba scores Chelsea’s second (EMPICS)

In the same season Chelsea needed to overcome PSG’s 3-1 advantage from the first leg in Paris, where Eden Hazard had grabbed a crucial away goal.

Back at Stamford Bridge, substitute Andre Schurrle gave the Blues hope with a first-half goal but nerves remained frayed until Demba Ba, also off the bench, scored the clincher in the 87th minute.

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