Top 10 greatest comebacks in Champions League history. Europe’s elite competition is where legends are made. These are some of the greatest stories from the competition.
Champions League football is the epitome of Europe’s club football competition. This is where the best teams in the continent face each other to determine who the best side is. A grand performance here can earn you immortality in the mind of the fans.
The Chelsea vs Ajax match last night was a reminder of the chaotic nature of the competition. The old adage about a match never being truly over until the final whistle is blown was on full display as both teams fought tooth and nail to win the match before ultimately sharing the spoils with a 4-4 draw.
However, despite Ajax’s brilliance at holding on despite being reduced to 9 men, this was Chelsea’s story as they came back from a 4-1 deficit to ultimately end the match with honours divided. Another goal and the Blues would have scripted a miracle comeback for the ages.
Alas that wasn’t to be. However, last night’s match bought back memories of many such brilliance in Europe’s elite competition. Let us go down memory lane and rank the top 10 greatest comebacks in Champions League history.
#10) Real Madrid vs Ajax (2019) Round of 16
Real Madrid had won the 2016, 2017 and 2018 Champions League and even though Cristiano Ronaldo had moved to Juventus, they looked good enough for a 4th consecutive title; or at the very least, beat Ajax in their round of 16 encounter.
Their first leg match went according to the script as Real Madrid left Amsterdam with a goal lead and 2 crucial away goals. However, in the end, they all proved to be inconsequential as Ajax swept Real Madrid away at the Bernabeu.
By half-time Ajax had already scored 2 goals to lead 3-2 on aggregate. The Dutch side scored another in the 62nd minute to take their aggregate score to 4. Marco Asensio gave Real a glitter of hope by scoring a goal in the 70th minute.
However, Ajax found the back of the net once again a couple of minutes later to close the door on Real Madrid. The Underdogs had done it; they won the match 5-3 on aggregate. The defending champions were handed a shocking exit as Ajax embarked on their fairytale run in the competition.
#9) Ajax vs Tottenham (2019) Semi-Final
Ajax were a young side that had punched above their weight to even reach the semi-final. They had already beaten giants, Real Madrid and Juventus to make it to the last 4. A spot in the final seemed all but assured when Ajax beat Tottenham away.
Ajax hosted Tottenham in the second leg and by the end of the first half they already have one of their legs in the finals of the Champions league. Goals from Matthijs de Ligt and Hakim Ziyech gave them a 3-goal lead in the aggregate while they also carried the advantage of an away goal.
However, Lucas Moura, playing in place of the injured Harry Kane, would go on to architect Tottenham’s greatest night in the Champions League. Lucas Moura found the back in the 55th and 59th minute before completing his hat-trick in extra time to take Tottenham to their first even Champions League.
This is a match that many of us will still talk about years from now when talking about the unpredictability and beauty of the game and for this reason it takes the 8th spot in our list of the Top 10 greatest comebacks in Champions League history.