The Premier League is arguably the most exciting football league in the world. One can’t rest on his laurels until the referee has blown his whistle. Down the years, we have seen many incredible comebacks in the league, and we have picked the top ten comebacks from the history of Premier League.
Leeds United 4-3 Derby County, 1997
This game takes us back to the era when these two Championship teams were still plying their trade in Premier League.
Thanks to a brace from Dean Sturridge and a penalty from Aljosa Asanovic, Derby County were 3-0 ahead after just half an hour.
Elland Road was ringing with boos before Leeds mounted their comeback. Rod Wallace and Harry Kewell scored one each before the half-time to reduce the deficit to one goal.
Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink scored a penalty to level the score with eight minutes left on the clock. Lee Bowyer raised the roof at Elland Road when he scored the injury-time winner.
Leicester City 3-4 Newcastle United, 1997
Another game from the era when things were quite different. Leicester City were the minnows in the league, while Newcastle United were the title contenders.
Newcastle legend Alan Shearer led the Kevin Keegan’s side to a dramatic 3-4 win by scoring a hat-trick in the last 14 minutes of the game.
Shearer ended the season as the league’s highest goalscorer with 25 goals.
Chelsea 2-3 Arsenal, 1999
This game made Nwankwo Kanu a legend among Arsenal fans. The Blues were leading against their London rivals 2-0 thanks to the goals from Tore Andre Flo and Dan Petrescu.
The Blues looked set to claim three points when the Nigerian decided to turn the game on its head.
The Gunners legend scored goals on 75th, 83rd and 90th minutes to complete his hat-trick and clinch a win for the North London club.
His last strike was particularly impressive and is counted among the greatest moments in the history of Premier League.
He put the ball in the net from a very tight angle as commentator Martin Tyler shouted ‘Kanu believe it?’ in the background.
Crystal Palace 3-3 Liverpool, 2014
Following the Steven Gerrard’s infamous slip in the defeat against Chelsea, the Reds were level on points with Man City but trailed by nine goals in their goal difference.
They arrived at Selhurst Park in the penultimate game of the season with an intent and raced to a 3-0 lead within first 54 minutes.
As the game entered the closing stage, Liverpool supporters had begun to hope. However, the Eagles had other plans.
Damien Delaney pulled one back on 79th minute before Dwight Gayle hit a brace in the next nine minutes to crush Liverpool’s title hopes.
Luis Suarez was left crying at the final whistle.
Man City 2-3 Fulham, 2008
Back in 2008, Roy Hodgson’s side looked destined for relegation as they trailed 2-0 against Man City at half-time.
The current England manager turned the direction of the game by sending Diomansy Kamara as a 64th-minute substitute onto the pitch.
Kamara sparked the Cottagers’ comeback by scoring a goal in the 70th-minute. Danny Murphy scored from the rebound on his penalty in the 79th minute to level the score.
Kamara then completed the comeback by scoring in the injury-time. The Cottagers went on to win their remaining two games and stayed up in Premier League on goal difference.
Leicester City 3-2 Aston Villa, 2015
Looking back at the results of Leicester City this season, many will identify this result as the one which sparked the brilliant run the Foxes are currently on in Premier League.
Back in September, Tim Sherwood’s men lead the game 2-0 deep in the second half at King Power Stadium.
The Foxes’ defender Ritchie de Laet, who is currently playing for Middlesbrough on loan, sparked the comeback by scoring from a volley on Riyad Mahrez’s cross in the 72nd minute.
Jamie Vardy leveled the score on the 82nd minute, and substitute Nathan Dyer sent the entire stadium into a euphoria when he scored the winner in the 89th minute of the game.
Liverpool 3-3 Man Utd, 1994
The game between these two sides is always an exciting affair, and this one was even more special.
The Red Devils raced to a three-goal lead within the first quarter of the game at Anfield.
However, the Reds had other ideas, and the Kop witnessed one of the most memorable performances of that era.
Nigel Clough had scored a brace before Neil Ruddock equalized the score ten minutes from the whistle.
Tottenham 3-5 Manchester United, 2001
This was a game of two-halves and a true representation of the greatness of Sir Alex Ferguson’s United.
The North London club were sitting comfortably on a 3-0 lead at half-time, but no could have predicted what transpired in the second half.
Following a hair-dryer treatment from Ferguson during half-time, United emerged a different side in the second half.
David Beckham was the architect of the second-half comeback as he provided three assists and scored a goal.
Tottenham’s manager Glenn Hoddle was left a frustrated figure on the sidelines.
Man City 3-2 QPR, 2012
This game features right at the top in terms of its significance in a larger context.
On the last day of the season, Man City needed a win at home against QPR to clinch the league title. Local rivals Man Utd were close on their heels, and anything less than a City win would have seen the title go to United.
City started the game brightly and took the lead through Paulo Zabaleta on 39th minute.
However, QPR, who were involved in the relegation battle, scored the next two goals in the game despite playing with ten men.
The game entered into injury time, and United were winning the league at the moment. Edin Dzeko scored the equalizer for City on 90+2nd minute. United were still winning the league.
Sergio Aguero sent the entire Etihad Stadium into a euphoria as he scored the winner in the 90+5th minute of the game. Meanwhile, Sir Alex Ferguson was left dumbstruck at Stadium of Light as City won the league in literally the last minute of the season.
Newcastle United 4-4 Arsenal, 2011
This was one of the greatest footballing comebacks in the history of football. At the same time, it was also a dark moment in the lives of Arsenal fans.
The Gunners dominated the first-half of the game and were leading 4-0 within 26 minutes of the kick-off. Every Newcastle fan at St. James’ Park feared that an embarrassment is about to be served to them.
However, footballing Gods have something else in mind. Arsenal lost the plot in the second half after Abou Diaby was sent off for a stupid red card.
The Magpies scored four goals, including two penalties, in the last 22 minutes of the game to complete the unlikeliest of the comebacks.