Five AMAZING football comebacks from over the years

  • 4 January 2017
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Image caption Bournemouth couldn't believe it as Arsenal pulled off an amazing comeback from 3-0 down, to 3-3 at full time

Arsenal fans breathed a BIG sigh of relief last night, as their team came back from 3-0 down against Bournemouth in the Premier League to draw 3-3.

With the Gunners down 3-0 just after half-time, it was not looking good.

However, Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez headed in a goal in the 70th minute, before Lucas Perez slotted in another just five minutes later.

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Image caption We bet Sanchez wasn't pulling this face by the end of the match!

The game reached 90 minutes with the score still 3-2, but Olivier Giroud came to the rescue in the final moments of added time with an equaliser at 92 minutes.

It's not the first time that a football team has produced such a last-minute recovery though.

Newsround takes a look at some other impressive comebacks from over the years.

Reading 5 - 7 Arsenal (30 October 2012)

Tuesday night wasn't the first time that Arsenal have recovered from a poor score line.

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Image caption Arsenal couldn't believe their luck!

Back in 2012, they found themselves 4-0 down against Reading after just 35 minutes!

It was looking very unlikely they would secure their place in the last eight of the League Cup with such a poor start to a game - but Arsenal went on to surprise everyone!

After the crowd started chanting "We want our Arsenal back!", it seemed their team listened.

They went into half-time a whopping 4-1 down, but came back to secure their place in the quarter-finals for the 10th season in a row.

Liverpool 3 - 3 AC Milan (May 25, 2005)

At the Champions League final in Turkey between AC Milan and Liverpool back in 2005, Liverpool found themselves in exactly the same position as Arsenal - three goals down. In fact, AC Milan took the lead in just the first minute of the game!

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Image caption This is the moment Liverpool's Steven Gerrard sent in the first header, which kicked off his team's amazing comeback against AC Milan in 2005

After two more Italian goals in the 39th and 44th minutes, Liverpool came back fighting in the second half, scoring 3 goals in just five minutes!

This brought the score level to 3-3 at full-time, meaning a penalty shoot-out was on the cards to see who would take home the trophy.

The Reds sealed their Champions League victory, with a 3-2 penalty triumph.

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Image caption Liverpool celebrate winning the Champions League

Tottenham 3-5 Manchester United (29 September 2001)

Another team who found themselves 3-0 down at half time were Manchester United, when they faced Spurs at White Hart Lane in 2001.

After a poor first half, Manchester United pulled off one of the most impressive comebacks in football history.

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Image caption Captain David Beckham shoots to score his team's 5th and final goal against Spurs

They not only brought the score back up to 3-3 - but went on to win the game 5-3!

Andy Cole, Laurent Blanc, Ruud van Nistelrooy, Juan Sebastian Veron and captain David Beckham all scored goals, with the last one hitting the back of the net just three minutes before the end of the game.

We can only imagine what manager Sir Alex Ferguson had said to them in the dressing room at half-time...

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Image caption We don't imagine Tottenham Hotspur player Dean Richards was celebrating quite like this by the end of the game

Hungary 2 - 3 West Germany (4 July 1954)

When the 1954 World Cup happened, Hungary were the favourites to win.

They were current Olympics champions and hadn't lost an international match for 28 games.

As expected, they made it through to the final, against West Germany (the country of Germany was divided into East and West Germany at that time) who Hungary had already beaten 8-3 earlier in the same tournament.

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Image caption West Germany were not expected to win the World Cup final in 1954

But having been 2-0 ahead, the Hungarians led their lead go, and the German side unexpectedly clawed their way back to victory, with Helmut Rahn scoring the winner.

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