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Article: Biggest Comebacks in Premier League History

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By Jonathan Lewis | 20th Jun 2022

The Premier League is the most revenue-generating football league in the world. Besides, the audience size is also much bigger than that of any other league. One of the reasons  behind the league’s popularity is the competitiveness of its games.

The low-ranked teams make the league dramatic when they face bigger teams on their home ground. Similarly, there have been several matches that changed the complexion of the match at the very last moment.

Along with thrilling and close matches, there have been great comebacks in the Premier League. The following are a few biggest comebacks in history.

Newcastle United v Arsenal

In the 2010-11 season, an unbelievable match took place. What looked to be a one-sided match took a U-turn. Nobody watching the match believed that it could happen, not even the home fans. In St James Park, within three minutes, Arsenal had a lead 2-0 against Newcastle. The lead doubled at the halfway mark.

The return of Newcastle seemed impossible, but a 50th-minute red card and Joey Barton scoring two consecutive goals sparked hope. With just three minutes remaining in the match, with the score was 4-3 in favor of Arsenal, a volley from Cheick Tiote from 30-yard equalized the score. The entire stadium erupted with joy and cheer.

Manchester City v Queens Park Rangers

One of the most dramatic comebacks in the match and the league. After 44 long years, Man City got a chance to win the title for the first time. But it looked that their rivals Man Utd would take the trophy after their match against Sunderland the same day.

All eyes were on Man City as QPR was leading 2-1 and the match was about to be over. It went into the extra time, and Edin Dzeko scored an equalizer in the 92nd minute. With a few minutes remaining, the scores were level, and Man Utd inched closer to winning the title. Sergio Aguero netted the ball and stole the trophy; and so, created history.

Crystal Palace v Liverpool

It was a must-win game for Liverpool after losing at Stamford Bridge. The Reds were cruising with a 3-0 lead, making sure their chances of winning the trophy were still alive. It looked easy three points for the reds.

However, it was not to be the case. Crystal Palace in front of their home crowd regrouped. Delaney scored the first goal and then, Dwight Gayle netted quick two goals and shattered the dreams of Liverpool.

AFC Bournemouth v Liverpool

Another high-intensity match involving Liverpool. Such matches make sports odds unpredictable at times. Liverpool had this match in the bag, with a 2-0 lead at halftime. The home side closed the gap but within two minutes, but the Reds got their lead back.

Bournemouth, the home team, was not in the mood to give up. They gave Liverpool a tough time and leveled the score 3-3 in the closing minutes of the match. It was already embarrassing for the Reds, but a goal from the home team in the 93rd minute made it more humiliating for Liverpool and their fans.

Tottenham Hotspur v Leicester City

Probably one of the biggest comebacks in premier history. A thrilling encounter that was shifting on one and the other’s side. Leicester shocked the hosts with a 3-1 lead. However, Tottenham scored three goals in just 11 minutes and took the lead.

Soon, the score was level when Vardy scored. In the closing hours, Harry Kane found his footing and scored his second goal, and led the score 5-4, which proved to be enough for the win.

Jonathan Lewis is an MFF sports writer

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