A game of football is never over until the final whistle has been blown. There have been so many incidents in which the supporters leave the stadium early to beat the traffic, only to miss out on extraordinary performances by some teams. The never-say-die attitude is the most essential part of football.
Here we look at five teams who transformed their never-say-die attitude on the football field into the greatest comebacks in football history.
- Tottenham Hotspurs vs Manchester City – FA Cup
Spurs and Manchester City locked horns in the fourth round of the FA Cup in 2004, and the match was forced into a replay after the teams were level after the 90 minutes. And the replay fixture provided arguably the best comeback in the FA Cup history.
The match looked all but over as Spurs took a 3-0 lead into the break through Ledley King, Robbie Keane and a Christian Ziege free kick. City were having a bad night as their star striker Nikolas Anelka was injured and had to be replaced in the 27th minute. City’s miserable night continued as central midfielder Joey Barton was shown a second yellow for dissent after the half time whistle had been blown. This all but ended the hopes of a City comeback, but the Manchester side had other ideas.
City started the second half brightly, as they scored their first goal through Sylvain Distin within three minutes of the restart. Paul Bosvelt made it 3-2 in the 62nd minute, as City desperately looked for the equaliser. They found the back of the net for the third time in the 79th minute, as Shaun Wright-Phillips wonderfully chipped the Spurs keeper.
The match looked all set for extra time, as both the teams were level on 3-3. But a 90th minute winner from City’s Jon Macken silenced the whole of White Hart Lane. City completed a remarkable comeback – from 3-0 down and a man down at half time, they came back to win the match 4-3.