LincSportTalks: What is the greatest sporting comeback?

Comebacks have been a key theme in the last few weeks, with a number of teams making high profile fight backs.

The Detroit Lions completed a remarkable second-half comeback to beat the Atlanta Falcons 22-21 in their NFL match at Wembley, Lincoln City were the victims of a three goal comeback against Forest Green and Anderlecht stunned Arsenal by coming from 3-o down.

The LincSport writers take a look back at their favourite, and some of the most famous, sporting comebacks of all time.

Luke Vials

You can’t talk about sporting comebacks without mentioning Istanbul.

Coming back from a 3 goal deficit in a European cup final is unheard of in itself without taking into consideration the real mismatch in terms of personal between Liverpool and AC Milan.

Milan at the time were perhaps the best side in the world boasting the likes of Maldini, Cafu, Kaka and Shevchenko.

Quite frankly some of Liverpool’s squad had no right to be on the same pitch as these legends (looking at you Djimi Traore) and this makes the whole comeback even more thrilling.

Three goals in six minutes from Gerrard, Smicer and Alonso, before penalty shoot-out heroics from Jerzy Dudek gave Liverpool their 5th European crown, which is why for me it will go down as the greatest sporting comeback ever.

Liam Ray

It has to be Europe somehow winning the Ryder Cup in 2012, known as the Miracle of Medinah.

After Saturday’s play they were 10-6 down I the Americans but after clinching eight and a half singles points on Sunday that was enough to win by 14.5-13.5.

Martin Kaymer struck the winning putt to spark unimaginable scenes after sensational displays earlier on in the day by Ian Poulter and Justin Rose.

It was a truly fantastic day for European golf and one of the greatest sporting achievements ever!

Video courtesy of Ryder Cup

Elliott Dalton

In my opinion, nothing ever comes close to Manchester City’s injury time heroics to win the 2011/12 Premier League.

Essentially the title was decided in the final five minutes of the season.

What is more astonishing is the fact they scored not just one in added time, but two.

If seeing the Etihad stadium erupt after Aguero’s goal does not make the hairs stand up on the back of your neck, nothing will.

Sam Gilbert

An Arsenal side, fronted by an inform Robin Van Persie, were looking like champions elect as they stormed into a 4 goal lead at St James’ Park in 2010.

So despondent at the score line, some Newcastle fans had even opted to reach for the turnstiles before half time.

But, an Abou Diaby red card shortly after the break, acted as the catalyst for a Newcastle revolt.

A Leon Best strike, sandwiched between two Joey Barton penalties, set the game up for a grandstand finish. Enter Cheick Tioté.

The midfielder produced an astonishing long range volley in the final minutes to draw his side level, which still remains his only ever Newcastle goal. St James’ Park erupted, with Alan Pardew more active on the touchline than ever, leaving Arsene Wenger red faced at his sides’ remarkable capitulation.

A seemingly routine Premier League match may not have appeared to be the backdrop for one of the greatest sporting comebacks in recent years, but provided just that.

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