Video: The Top 10 Biggest & Best Comebacks Ever

Saturday's 4-4 draw between Arsenal and Newcastle got us thinking...

Following Saturday's crazy 4-4 draw between Newcastle United and Arsenal (highlights here), we felt it was an opportune time to leaf through the record books and rack our memories for the best comebacks ever.

For the purposes of this list, it is important to note that we have not included two-legged games where the comeback has been over two games, the aim was to include the biggest comebacks ever - i.e. the teams who recovered from the largest losing margin.

And, as ever, the list is in chronological order to avoid the likely arguments.

1. Austria 7 - Switzerland 5 (World Cup quarter-final, 1954). A record for the most goals in a World Cup game but it was Austria, the favourites for the competition and eventual losing finalists, who would come from 3-0 down to claim an incredible win. Robert Ballaman and a brace from Josef Hugi set the Austrians back by the 19th minute. Austria responded with five goals before the half-time whistle, through Theodore Wagner (2), Robert Korner (2) and Ernst Ocwirk. Ballaman made it 5-4 before half-time but after the two teams exchanged a goal each, through Wagner and Hugi to complete their respective hat-tricks. Eric Probst completed the scoring with the seventh for Austria who had probably forgotten that they had been 3-0 down by the end of an incredible encounter.

2. Portugal 5 - North Korea 3 (World Cup quarter-final, 1966). Minnows North Korea charged into a 3-0 lead against Portugal in the World Cup in England to stun the overwhelming favourites in this encounter. Seung-Zin Pak (top corner ripper), Dong-Woon Lee, Seung-Kook Yang all scored for North Korea. But Eusebio led an incredible one-man fightback, scoring four goals, two either side of half-time. Jose Augusto completed the comeback and Portugal would go on to lose to eventual winners England in the semi-final.

3. Kaiserslautern 7 - Bayern Munich 4 (Bundesliga 1973). Considered to be the finest comeback in Kaiserslautern history and probably the Bundesliga. Eleven minutes into the second half Bayern were 4-1 to the good. Toppmoller and Pirrung brought it back to 4-3 but with 10 minutes remaining the home side were still trailing. Pirrung equalised, Diehl put them 5-4 up before a brace from Laumen completed a remarkable victory.

4. Werder Bremen 5 - Anderlecht 3 (Champions League group stages, 1994). Future Greek coach Otto Rehhagel inspired his Bremen team to a comeback from 3-0 down after Anderlecht goals by Philippe Albert and Danny Boffin. The Germans began their response in the 66th minute through Wynton Rufer and the New Zealand international would add another alongside goals from Bernd Hobsch, Rune Bratseth and Marco Bode.

5. Barcelona 5 - Atletico Madrid 4 (Copa del Rey quarter-final second leg, 1997). Makes the grade as the first leg ended in a 2-2 draw meaning the second 90 minutes witnessed the key comeback. Atletico led 3-0 at the break and then 4-2 in the second half but Barcelona, then managed by Bobby Robson, responded to win 5-4 with Ronaldo (2) and Luis Figo (brilliant volley into the top corner) among the scorers in the Nou Camp.

6. Port Vale 4 - QPR 4 (First Division, 1997). The home side completely dominated the opening 45 and thanks to goals from Dean Glover, Lee Mills, Jan Jansson and an og by Matthew Brazier could not have imagined anything other than a comfortable home win. Rangers pulled back what looked to be a consolation with the second og of the game from Jermaine Holwyn with the comeback only really starting through a brilliant hit from Andy Impey on 85. Three minutes later Paul Murray chipped in before John Spencer made it 4-4 in the final few seconds.

7. Tottenham 3 - Manchester United 5 (Premier League, 2001). Probably the high point of Juan Veron's time at Manchester United. Dean Richards, Les Ferdinand and Christian Ziege put Glenn Hoddle's side ahead at the break. But a vintage United side roared back into the match and claimed all three points through Andy Cole, Laurent Blanc, Ruud van Nistelrooy, Veron and David Beckham.

8. Tottenham 3 - Manchester City 4 (FA Cup, 2004). Manchester clubs have made a habit of coming back at White Hart Lane. Ledley King, Robbie Keane and Christian Ziege had put Spurs into a 3-0 lead which looked unassailable when Joey Barton was sent off on the stroke of half-time. But Kevin Keegan engineered the greatest FA Cup comeback ever as Sylvain Distin and Paul Bosvelt gave them hope before Shaun Wright-Phillips levelled and Jonathan Macken completed a crazy win.

9. Liverpool 3 - Milan 3 (Pens. 3-2) (Champions League final, 2005). A famous night in Istanbul which Liverpool fans cherish and the Rossoneri got their revenge for two years later. Milan were cruising at half-time thanks to Paolo Maldini and a Hernan Crespo brace. But six crazy minutes turned the final Liverpool's way with Steven Gerrard, Vladimir Smicer and Xabi Alonso turning the game on its head. Jerzy Dudek then rolled out the "wobbly legs" and Andrea Pirlo and Andriy Shevchenko missed penalties in the shoot out to send "Big Ears" to Anfield.

10. Mali 4 - Angola 4 (Africa Cup of Nations, 2010). Mali registered their own version of the Great Escape, coming from 4-0 down with 11 minutes to go. A Flavio brace in the first half and goals from Gilberto and Manucho looked to have got Angola off to a dream start in a competition they were hosting. Mali brought silence to a packed stadium as Seydou Keita scored the first and third with Fredi Kanoute and Mustaphe Yatabare also notching.



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