Man City will be hoping to overturn a three goal deficit when they meet Liverpool in the return leg of the quarter final in Champions League. So many teams have done it in the pst, and why can’t they. Just like the match against Man United at the weekend’s Premier League derby match, Man City conceded three goals in succession in what has become a worry for coach Pep Guardiola.
In the second half of the game, especially after Salah had been hauled off due to injury, Man City gained much possession, though they could not pose a real threat with their finishing having been so poor. But Man City could not be deterred by the three goals deficit, their purpose of keeping the likes of Aguero, Walker and De Bruyne on the bench for the derby match on Saturday was to keep them fresh for the Champions League return leg against Liverpool.
However, they can draw inspiration from some past Champions League games that had seen a losing team overturn the result to their favour. Below are some of the past history:
Manchester United 3 vs Juventus 2 (1999 Semifinal)
After the first leg ended in a 1-1 score, Manchester United knew that only a win or a draw with at least two goals scored was going to send them to Barcelona for the final. Juventus showed no mercy and went up 2-0 early by means of a brace from Filippo Inzaghi. Shortly afterward, Roy Keane was shown a yellow card. This meant that he was going to miss the final—should United qualify for the match. This caused Keane to put in one of the greatest individual performances ever by a Manchester United player. Keane first scored off of a header to get United within a goal of tying the match, and his play led to two more goals from Dwight Yorke and Andy Cole to give United an inspiring 3-2 victory. When speaking of Keane’s display, Sir Alex Ferguson said this: “The minute he was booked and out of the final he seemed to redouble his efforts to get the team there. It was the most emphatic display of selflessness I have seen on a football field.”
Deportivo 5 vs Ac Milan 4 (2004 Quarter Final)
Deportivo La Coruna in 20014 performed one of the greatest feats in modern European football when they destroyed Milan, the defending champions and tournament favourites, with a four-goal surge that defied mountainous odds. The Spaniards, trailing 4-1 from the first leg of their quarter-final, stunned an erratic Milan with a whirlwind performance that saw them take a 3-0 lead by the interval.
Manchester United 2 vs Bayern Munich 1 (1999 Final)
The 1999 Champions League final saw the two best sides in Europe play in a final that will be remembered forever. Manchester United came into the final knowing that the Champions League was the only trophy left needed to complete their treble. Bayern Munich would have completed a double of the Bundesliga and the Champions League if they were able to win the final. Also, Bayern could have completed their own treble if they won the DFB-Pokal that was to be played shortly after the Champions League final.
Bayern were able to take an early lead by means of a Mario Basler free kick. This lead was unable to get extended however, due to Bayern hitting the post multiple times on plays that had beaten the United defense. With time running out, Man United needed a miracle and they were given one. Off of a corner with every United player forward, Ryan Giggs’ shot was veering wide before substitute Teddy Sheringham was able to score to tie the match. Just over a minute later, United won another corner, and this time, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was able to lift a redirection from Sheringham past Oliver Kahn to give United the improbable 2-1 lead and their first European Cup since 1968. Manchester United’s treble of the Champions League, Premier League and FA Cup is the only time that any English club has won all three trophies in one season.
Liverpool 3 vs. AC Milan 3 (2005 final)
Milan had jumped out to a 3-0 halftime lead, presumably ending the final after just 45 minutes. But Liverpool mounted a comeback right out of the break, scoring three times by the 60th minute to bring things level. With neither team able to break the 3-3 deadlock, they went to penalties and it was there Liverpool were clinical making three out of four penalty kicks to win and cap the miracle in Istanbul.