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The Five Greatest Comebacks in Premier League History

Updated on December 5, 2015

By tonmoy54, Contributor for Soccerjury

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Comeback matches are treasured by football supporters.

All fans will recall a special game where their team makes a Lazarus-style recovery, and replace the feeling of inevitable humiliation with unbridled jubilation.

After trawling through the archives, we've selected and ranked the five best fight-backs in Premier League history. Video highlights are also included.

Comeback games are special for fans and players alike (Getty/Mirror)


5. Wolves 4 - 3 Leicester City (Molineux, October 25th, 2003)

Wolves fight for Premier League survival was about to suffer a massive setback as they trailed 3-0 against Leicester City in a bottom-of-the-table clash. Leicester made a blistering start after two early headers from Les Ferdinand and a strike from Ricardo Scimeca gave them a commanding lead at half-time. But Wolves roared back through a brace from Colin Cameron before Alex Rae equalised with a header midway through the second-half.

And then in the 86th minute, a Denis Irwin cross was steered into the net by Henri Camara to seal a famous win. Unfortunately both teams were relegated later that season.

A Colin Cameron inspired comeback handed Leicester their fifth consecutive league defeat (YouTube)


4. Manchester United 3-3 Liverpool (Anfield, January 4th, 1994)

Premier League champions Manchester United allowed a three goal lead to slip against their fiercest rivals. Earlier in the game, the Red Devils made a flying start as Steve Bruce, Ryan Giggs and Denis Irwin all found the target within the first 23 minutes.

Kop fans were shell-shocked and fearing the worst. But their team refused to lie down, as a brace from midfielder Nigel Clough gave them hope before half-time. And then late in the game Neil "Razor" Ruddock scored a nodded header to the delight of Liverpool fans.

Liverpool thwarted United's hopes of sealing a famous win at Anfield (YouTube)


3. Tottenham Hotspurs 3-5 Manchester United  (White Hart Lane, Sep 29th, 2001)

The Red Devils were being completely outplayed by Glenn Hoddle's team, and losing 3-0 at half-time. But United summoned their indomitable spirit and "never-say-die" attitude during the interval. Sensationally, United hit five in the next 45 minutes, as Andy Cole, Laurent Blanc, Ruud Van Nistlerooy, Juan Sebastian Veron and David Beckham all got on the scoresheet. And somehow snatch all three points.

 United came back strong after being dominated by Tottenham (Youtube)


2. Arsenal 4-4 Newcastle (St. James Park, February 5th, 2011)

Arsenal had started the match trailing league leaders Manchester United, and a win would have narrowed the difference to just two points. Conversely, Newcastle were shorn of confidence after losing to strugglers Fulham in their prior game and from selling star player Andy Carroll to Liverpool.

And it showed, as Newcastle were blown away in the opening ten minutes with Arsenal finding the net three times. After the interval it got even worse for the Magpies, as Robin Van Persie scored a fourth. The Gunners were cruising.

But the tide turned after Arsenal's Abou Diaby was shown a red card. In a space of just nineteen minutes the Toon Army witnessed a special fight-back. Two Joey Barton penalties sandwiched a Leon Best strike, before Cheikh Tiote unleashed a 25 yard screamer. 

Arsene Wenger and his team stood shell-shocked, while St. James Park rocked as if it was Christmas in 1995. This four goal comeback narrowly misses out as the greatest fight-back in the Premier League.

Tiote's equaliser was a thing of beauty for the Toon Army (YouTube)


1. Manchester City 3-2 Queens Park Rangers  (Etihad Stadium, May 14th, 2012)

The stakes had never been higher in a Premier League match. 

It was the final game of the season, and City found themselves 2-1 down and chasing the game in the dying minutes against the ten men of QPR. The home fans could barely watch as a first English league title since the 67/68 season agonisingly slipped from their grasp. Only a victory would do as rivals Manchester United were closing in on a 1-0 win over Sunderland - a result that would end City's title hopes - unless the Sky Blues could conjure a win.

Edin Dzeko equalised from a corner deep into stoppage time to provide a glimmer of hope. Then with seconds remaining Sergio Aguero burst into the penalty box to fire in a sensational winner, and write himself into City folklore.

And seal the greatest comeback ever in the Premier League.

Euphoria from City fans as Aguero secures the title (YouTube)

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Robbie Ackerman

Was there for the 4-4 against Arsenal. Amazing day.

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bet you didn't see that coming wink

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