Like everybody else, we at Unibet were flabbergasted by Crystal Palace’s stunning comeback against Liverpool at Selhurst Park. It got us thinking: what are the best comebacks the Premier League has ever seen? We came up with these five…
Tottenham 3-5 Manchester United, September 2001
Spurs were coasting 3-0 at half-time after goals from debutant Dean Richards, Les Ferdinand and Christian Ziege. According to his autobiography, Alex Ferguson said to his players at half time: “Whatever you do, make sure you score first in the second half.” They did, through Andy Cole, and the rest is history. Ruud van Nistelrooy, Laurent Blanc, Juan Sebastian Veron and David Beckham ensured United humiliated Spurs in 45 devastating minutes.
Arsenal 4-4 Tottenham, October 2008
Tottenham tend not to do very well at Arsenal, as proved by the 19 consecutive St Totteringham’s days. But October 29th 2008 was different. Tottenham led through a David Bentley howitzer, but found themselves 4-2 down heading into injury time. Jermaine Jenas made it 4-3 in the 90th minute before Aaron Lennon made it 4-4 with the last kick of the game. Cue the wild celebrations at the Spurs end. Not baddy for ‘Arry’s first game in charge.
Liverpool 3-3 Manchester United, January 1994
Liverpool have got themselves out of many scrapes through the years, and this was one of the most memorable. 3-0 down at Anfield after 24 minutes through goals from Steve Bruce, Ryan Giggs and Denis Irwin, Liverpool looked finished. But Nigel Clough scored a brace before the break, with the equaliser coming 11 minutes from time from an unlikely source: Neil ‘Razor’ Ruddock.
Newcastle 4-4 Arsenal, February 2011
In what many consider the greatest ever Premier League comeback, Arsenal raced into a 3-0 lead inside 10 minutes through Theo Walcott, Johan Djourou and Robin van Persie.The Dutchman made it 4-0 before half-time, with Newcastle staring a humiliating home defeat in the face. But this was the ultimate game of two halves. Abou Diaby saw red early in the second half for a push on Joey Barton, who went on to score two penalties and drag the Magpies back into it. Leon Best made it 4-3 with time running out, before Cheick Tiote slammed in an outrageous volley to make it 4-4.
Chelsea 2-3 Arsenal, October 1999
After goals from Tore Andre Flo and Dan Petrescu, Chelsea were 2-0 up and cruising, and seemingly had little to worry about with only 15 minutes left on the clock. Enter Nwankwo Kanu. The Nigerian scored two goals to level the game in what looked a hard-fought 2-2 draw. Kanu wasn’t content with that and scored one of the most audacious winning goals ever, somehow finding the net from the tightest of angles to beat Ed de Goey.
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