Greatest UEFA Champions League comebacks

It's not looking great for Basel, Beşiktaş, Paris and Porto, but history shows there is no such thing as a #UCL lost cause.

Sergi Roberto after completing the ultimate #UCL comeback
Sergi Roberto after completing the ultimate #UCL comeback ©Getty Images

First leg didn't go well for your team? Do not despair. Others have felt your pain and lived to fight again.


Four-goal deficit

Paris 4-0 Barcelona
Barcelona 6-1 Paris

2016/17 round of 16

Watch Barcelona's historic comeback
Watch Barcelona's historic comeback

Barcelona became the first team to come from four goals down to win a UEFA Champions League tie last season – only the fourth time it's been done in any UEFA club competition tie! Paris's demolition of Luis Enrique's side in France was a shock; the comeback something out of this world, Sergi Roberto striking in added time to win the tie. "I told him: 'Get into the box! You're going to score!'" Neymar recalled. Sergi Roberto added: "I didn't know if I was dreaming ... I have never known cheers like that."

Three-goal deficit

AC Milan 4-1 Deportivo La Coruña
Deportivo La Coruña 4-0 AC Milan
2003/04 quarter-finals

Highlights: Deportivo come back from the dead
Highlights: Deportivo come back from the dead

"Miracles often happen, things you might not rationally expect," said Depor coach Javier Irureta, holding on to faint hope ahead of the return leg, the Spanish team having been shredded after scoring first at San Siro. His charges were ahead on aggregate by half-time in the return, Walter Pandiani, Juan Carlos Valerón and Alberto Luque making it 3-0 – before substitute Fran González added a fourth. Having prayed for success, Irureta honoured a promised by taking the pilgrim trail to Santiago de Compostela.

Two-goal deficits

Barcelona's dream return against Chelsea
Barcelona's dream return against Chelsea

Chelsea 3-1 Barcelona
Barcelona 5-1 Chelsea (aet)
1999/2000 quarter-finals

Real Madrid 4-2 Monaco
Monaco 3-1 Real Madrid
2003/04 quarter-finals

Napoli 3-1 Chelsea
Chelsea 4-1 Napoli (aet)
2011/12 round of 16

AC Milan 2-0 Barcelona
Barcelona 4-0 AC Milan

2012/13 round of 16

Van Persie completes his treble against Olympiacos
Van Persie completes his treble against Olympiacos©Getty Images

Olympiacos 2-0 Manchester United
Manchester United 3-0 Olympiacos
2013/14 round of 16

Paris Saint-Germain 3-1 Chelsea
Chelsea 2-0 Paris Saint-Germain
2013/14 quarter-finals

Porto 3-1 Bayern München
Bayern München 6-1 Porto
2014/15 quarter-finals

Wolfsburg 2-0 Real Madrid
Real Madrid 3-0 Wolfsburg
2015/16 quarter-finals