Recalling Some Unforgettable Football Matches

Football has a rich history and when matches come to mind, there are countless of them that are worth re-telling.

Let’s take a trip down memory lane and recall some of the most dramatic and unforgettable football matches in the sport:

BARCELONA VS PARIS SAINT GERMAIN (Champions League Round-of-16, 2nd Round Match 2017)

Known as the La Remontada (The Comeback), this second-leg match saw Barca fightback from a 0-4 deficit in the second leg of their round-of-16 tie. Barca eventually won 6-5 on aggregate to reach the quarterfinals as they completed the biggest comeback in the history of the UEFA Champions League. In the second leg held at Camp Nou on March 8, 2017, Neymar netted two crucial goals as Barca won 6-1. Edinson Cavani scored the lone goal for PSG.

LIVERPOOL VS AC MILAN (Champions League Final 2016)

Liverpool bagged their fifth European title after going through the proverbial eye of the needle at the Ataturk Stadium in Istanbul, Turkey. The Reds trailed 0-3 at half-time but rallied in the second half behind goals from Steven Gerrard, Vladimir Smicer and Xabi Alonso to force extra time. In the drama-laden penalty shootout, goalkeeper Jerzy Dudek saved two Milan shots as Liverpool eked out the victory. Final score: Liverpool 3, AC Milan 3 (3-2 on penalties).

FRANCE VS BRAZIL (Word Cup 1986 Quarterfinals)

Then European champions France and Brazil battled to a 1-1 first-half draw after goals from Careca (Brazil) and Michel Platini (France). Action heated up even more in the second half as Muller hit the post, whilst Zico missed a penalty shot for Brazil. On the other side, Dominique Rocheteau missed an open goal for France. In the penalty shootout, Socrates and Platini missed their shots, but France prevailed, finally, after Julio Cesar hit the post. Final score: France 1, Brazil 1 (4-3 on penalties).

LIVERPOOL VS BARCELONA (Champions League Semifinals 2019)

This one is still fresh from the mind. Liverpool looked finished after Barcelona routed them in the first leg at Camp Nou 3-0, but Liverpool pulled off a 4-0 win at Anfield in the second leg to snatch a 4-3 victory on aggregate and advance to the final. Liverpool beat Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 in the final to bag their sixth Champions League title.

THE NETHERLANDS VS SPAIN (World Cup 2014 Group Stage)

Spain’s aura of invincibility was smashed on June 13, 2014. The Netherlands clobbered the Spaniards, the 2010 winners, in the group stage 5-1 sending the latter to an early exit. Spain led 1-0 after 24 minutes but the Dutch side netted four goals in 46 minutes, featured by a diving header from Robin van Persie, to pull off the stunning upset.

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