Football: The great comebacks in Champions League history

Liverpool's Belgium striker Divock Origi (right) celebrates wtih Liverpool's Swiss midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri after scoring their fourth goal.
Liverpool's Belgium striker Divock Origi (right) celebrates wtih Liverpool's Swiss midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri after scoring their fourth goal.PHOTO: AFP

LONDON (AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE) - Liverpool pulled off one of the most stunning fightbacks in Champions League history on Tuesday (May 7) as Divock Origi and Georginio Wijnaldum both scored twice in a 4-0 victory over Barcelona.

Having trailed 3-0 after last week's first leg at the Nou Camp, Origi's 79th-minute strike sent Jurgen Klopp's men into the final against either Tottenham or Ajax in Madrid on June 1.

Liverpool become only the third team in the history of the European Cup or Champions League to come from three goals down after the first leg of a semi-final and progress after Panathinaikos in 1970-71 and Barcelona themselves in 1985-86.

Here are five other famous Champions League comebacks:

1. Barcelona 6 PSG 1 (2016-17: Last 16, 2nd leg. Barcelona win 6-5 on aggregate.)

Barcelona were on the right side of history two years ago, becoming the first team to come back from a four-goal first-leg deficit in the Champions League on a dramatic night at the Nou Camp when Neymar punished his future side PSG with two goals.

If PSG's 4-0 demolition of Luis Enrique's Barcelona in the first leg in Paris was a shock, the fightback was mind-blowing with the crucial last two goals coming in stoppage time.

Sergi Roberto came off the bench to write himself into Spanish football folklore with Barcelona's sixth goal in the fifth minute of added time.

"I didn't know if I was dreaming - I have never known a noise like that," said a shell-shocked Roberto after the final whistle.

2. Roma 3 Barcelona 0 (2017-18: Quarter-finals, 2nd leg. Roma win on away goals.)

Barcelona's luck ran out in dramatic style 12 months after their PSG heroics with Edin Dzeko's away goal at the Nou Camp proving crucial.

The Bosnian striker struggled to express his joy at Roma's achievement after his sixth-minute goal in the return game sparked an incredible turnaround by the Italian side.

"We did it when definitely nobody believed in us," said Dzeko.

There appeared to be no way back for Roma after they were routed 4-1 in the first leg in Barcelona. However, after Dzeko's early goal, a Daniele De Rossi penalty set the scene for Kostas Manolas' 82nd-minute header to spark wild celebrations led by Roma president James Pallotta, who jumped into Rome's Piazza del Popolo fountain.

3. Liverpool 3 AC Milan 3 (2004-05: Final, Liverpool win 3-1 on penalties)

Liverpool are no strangers to fightbacks in Europe, producing arguably the most staggering in a final against a mighty AC Milan side in Istanbul 14 years ago.

They trailed 3-0 at half-time against the star-studded Italian side after Paolo Maldini scored inside a minute and Hernan Crespo's excellent double.

But talismanic captain Steven Gerrard gave his side hope with a header early in the second period, and substitute Vladimir Smicer drilled in two minutes later.

A breathtaking six-minute spell was completed on the hour mark as Xabi Alonso scored the rebound after his own penalty had been saved by Milan goalkeeper Dida.

Rafael Benitez's underdogs hung on to force a penalty shootout, and Andriy Shevchenko, who had scored the winning spot-kick in the 2003 final against Juventus, saw his effort saved by Jerzy Dudek to confirm Liverpool's fifth, and most recent, Champions League title.

4. Deportivo La Coruna 4 AC Milan 0 (2003-04: Quarter-finals, 2nd leg. Deportivo win 5-4 on aggregate.)

After his side were trounced 4-1 in the first leg at the San Siro, Deportivo coach Javier Irureta admitted there was no rational reason to believe in a miracle.

However, his side burst out of the blocks in the second leg, holding a 3-0 lead at half-time thanks to goals from Walter Pandiani, Juan Carlos Valeron and Albert Luque.

Substitute Fran Gonzalez added a fourth with 14 minutes to go and, having prayed for success, Irureta honoured his pre-match promise by taking the pilgrim trail to Santiago de Compostela after Deportivo's unlikely 5-4 aggregate victory.

5. Chelsea 4 Napoli 1 (2011-12: Last 16, 2nd leg. Chelsea win 5-4 on aggregate.)

Chelsea rode the momentum of a stirring last-16 comeback against Napoli to the club's maiden Champions League title under interim coach Roberto Di Matteo.

Trailing 3-1 from the first leg after two Ezequiel Lavezzi goals and an Edinson Cavani strike, Chelsea sacked Andre Villas-Boas ahead of the return leg.

The Blues roared back at Stamford Bridge through efforts from Didier Drogba and John Terry, before Gokhan Inler briefly put the Italian side back on top only for a Frank Lampard penalty to force extra time.

Drogba then teed up Branislav Ivanovic to blast home a 105th-minute winner, and Chelsea would go on to beat Bayern Munich on penalties in that season's final at the Allianz Arena.