It’s been argued for years and years which league is the best in world football. Some say due to their dominance in recent Champions Leagues that La Liga has taken the crown, after that, after some successes some said that the Bundesliga was the best league in the world. Unfortunately for all of those people, they are incorrect. No other league matches the speed, quality, physicality and the drama that goes along with the Premier League.
Where else can you find moments like these?
Fittingly, that moment is one of the reason’s we’re giving for the Premier League being the best league in the world. In no other league can you be quite sure that there is a chance something crazy will happen in the game. Take the big teams in other leagues for example, do you think Levante would have the quality to come back against Barcelona if they were up 4-0? I don’t think so…but that’s exactly the type of thing that’s possible in the Premier League.
In the history of the competition there have been 20 instances of teams coming back from a 3 or more goal deficit to level it up or even win, defying the Paddy Power football odds. We’ve decided to list the best of these below.
Manchester City 3 – 2 QPR, 13th May 2012
It’s pretty fitting that we start with this, something Martin Tyler said “we will never see again”, Manchester City scoring 2 goals in stoppage time to claim the Premier League title.
Going into this game Manchester United were breathing down their necks and only a win for City would win them the title. Fast forward to the 66th minute of the games and United are winning at Sunderland and City are losing 2-1 to QPR. City are starting to come to terms with being the ‘nearly men’ but in the 92nd minute EdinDzeko scores for City to make it 2-2, pandemonium breaks out across the stadium but city still need 1 more goal to win the title. In the 95th minute and with the last kick of the game, Sergio Aguero slaloms around the QPR defence to strike a hammer blow to Manchester United fans and send City fans into delirium. The stadium erupts as do the commentators as City create one of the most iconic scenes in recent memory.
Newcastle United 4 – 4 Arsenal, 5th February 2011
With Arsenal dominating the first half of this game with goals from Theo Walcott and Johann Djourou within 3 minutes, the outcome looks likely already. When Van Persie then strikes another two within 26 minutes of the first half, it looks like it’s a formality for the Gunners, except I don’t think anyone told the Magpies the game was over with. Newcastle scored 2 penalties in the second half sandwiching a goal from Leon Best to bring the score to 4-3 with 7 minutes to go. Then, in the 87th minute Cheick Tiote stepped up to fire a thunderbolt volley past the Arsenal keeper to level up the game, a goal which was his first and only for the club.
This is the only time a team has ever overturned a 4 goal deficit in Premier League history.
West Brom 5 – 5 Manchester United 19th May 2013
In Sir Alex Ferguson’s final game as Manchester United manager he might have expected to have had a relaxed day in the dugout, with the league already tied up this game was seen as a party to celebrate the great Scotsman’s legacy as the greatest manager in the history of the Premier League, West Brom didn’t get the memo.
Utd went 3-0 up in the first half an hour of the game, only to be pegged back to 3-1 at half time with a goal from James Morrison. The second half began at a frantic pace with Lukaku scoring again for West Brom bringing the score to 3-2. A quick-fire double from United through Hernandez and Van Persie brought the score to 5-2 and left West Brom with little hope for a comeback.
Undeterred West Brom managed to notch a further 3 goals in the last 9 minutes to bring it back to 5-5 and give Sir Alex a proper Premier League style send off for his last game in charge.