8 of the greatest sporting comebacks of all time

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Ewan Hollander

Just sharing things that interest me in the hopes that they interest others as well

Did you watched Super Bowl LI? If you did, you would have witnessed one of the greatest sporting comebacks of all time. The New England Patriots sat 25 points behind the Atlanta Falcons. Tom Brady and the Patriots then rallied together to sport a fantastic 19 points in the fourth quarter. Ultimately, they won the Super Bowl 34-28 and secured Tom Brady’s 5th Super Bowl win. Like me, if you watched the game, you must have been absolutely gripped by what you were watching. It was electric watching the Patriots come back to win the Super Bowl and was akin to something out of a Hollywood movie. I wanted to research and provide a list of other great sporting comebacks for you to read, share and enjoy.

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The miracle of Istanbul – Liverpool FC’s win of AC Milan in the 2005 Champions league final

This would end up being a night that no Liverpool fan would ever forget. Trailing 3-0 at half time, Liverpool turned the tables in the second half and put their foot on the gas. Captain Steven Gerrard helped inspire an amazing three goals in six minutes to force extra time. The night was completed when goalkeeper Jerzy Dudek performed some outstanding manoeuvres during the penalty shootouts to help Liverpool conquer Europe for a fifth time.

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America’s Cup 2012 and Sir Ben Ainslie & Oracle Team USA

Oracle Team USA were 8-1 down to Emirates Team New Zealand, who needed just 1 more race win to secure the trophy. But, spectators were witness to an incredible comeback as Oracle Team USA went on to win eight consecutive races on match point to close out the series. Ben Ainslie, the 4 time Olympic gold medallist played a key role in turning the event after being called up from the warm-up crew.

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2012 Ryder Cup’s miracle in Medinah

The Europeans, helmed by Jose Maria Olazabal looked to be dead in the water in Chicago when they trailed behind the Americans 10-4 going into Sunday’s singles. The rest of the Ryder Cup say the European’s pulling off a stunning recovery which culminated in Martin Kaymer sinking the putt that saw Europe retain the cup once more.

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England and Australia, Headingly in 1981

This is a prime example as to why Test cricket and the Ashes are the most exciting forms of cricket. Australia had got another victory and a 2-0 series lead looked almost certain. The grounds scoreboards even gave England’s odds to win at 500-1. Ian Botham lead the English batting with a defiant 149 which lead the Australians to bat again. Bob Willis then proceeded to decimate the Australian line-up, sending batsman after batsman back to the pavilion. Australia ended up being bowled out for 111 which not only makes this the greatest Ashes comeback but also the greatest Test in Ashes history.

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The Rumble in the Jungle

Certainly one of the most iconic fights in the history of boxing. This fight saw two of the biggest heavyweights, George Foreman and Muhammad Ali take eachother on in Zaire. It was Ali’s ‘rope-a-dope’ tactics which outfoxed Foreman after being beaten senseless against the ropes for long periods of time. Ali wore Foreman down and by the 9th round, moved off the ropes to hit him with all he had left, sending Foreman on a one way trip to the canvas. Ali showed the world he could still “Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee”.

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World Snooker Championship, The Crucible, 1985

Dennis Taylor came back from being 8-0 down in the final to beat Steve Davis 18-17, after a memorable battle on the final black in the last frame. This match was watched at its peak by a TV audience of 18.5million in the UK. This particular World Snooker Championship easily remains the most famous match in snooker’s history.

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Agassi and the 1999 French Open Final

Andre Agassi must have gone into the 1999 French Open Final knowing it would be one of his last chances at achieving a career Grand Slam. Losting the first set 6-1 in only 19  minutes, Agassi found himself two sets down and on the verge of defeat when Andrei Medvedev won the next 6-2. Agassi then proceeded to fight back to win in five and became the second man ever to complete a career Grand Slam in the Open Era.

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Manchester United’s Champions League final 1999

Trailing for almost the entire game after conceding a goal to Maria Basler’s 6th minute free kick, Manchester United played consistently until finally turning the game on its head. Teddy Sharingham equalised with a fantastic shot and David Beckham’s corner was flicked in by Sheringham to Ole Gunner Solskjaer who put the ball in the net.

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