02/10/2012 10:55 | By Rob Jones, editor, MSN Sport

Liverpool’s Istanbul heroics - the greatest sporting comeback ever

Liverpool win the 2005 Champions League final (© PA)

In a MSN Sport poll of over 30,000 people Liverpool's incredible comeback against AC Milan in the 2005 Champions League final was voted the best ever sporting comeback.

Rafael Benitez and his men received 31% of the votes, after fighting-back from the humiliating position of being three goals down at half-time.

With the huge travelling Merseyside support still in full voice singing their famed You'll Never Walk Alone, the Reds came out fighting in the second-half.

Greatest sporting comebacks poll (© MSN)

Led by an inspirational Steven Gerrard they scored three times in seven frantic minutes with goals from Gerrard, Vladimir Smicer and Xabi Alonso.

The momentum stayed with the Merseysiders who won the trophy after a penalty shoot-out, with Jerzy Dudek and his wobbly legs saving Andriy Shevchenko's crucial spot-kick.

Second-placed, just 5% behind Liverpool, were the 2012 European Ryder Cup team (26%) after their final day fight-back to retain the trophy. Jose Maria Olazabal's side were 10-6 down going into the singles matches but manages to claw back to win by just a single point.

Third place were Manchester United (17%) for their last-gasp turnaround to win the 1999 Champions League final against Bayern Munich. Goals from super-subs Teddy Sheringham and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in the final moments altered a 1-0 deficit to a glorious 2-1 win.

England all-rounder Ian Botham (11%) came fourth for an Test performance against Australia in a series that was later dubbed as 'Botham's Ashes'.

In fifth was the greatest race horse ever - Red Rum (6%) - for his first of three Grand National wins, where he came from 25 lengths down coming from the final canal turn to win in 1973.

Sixth was a 1980's classic encounter where Dennis Taylor (4%) came from down 7-0 to beat world number one Steve Davis to become snooker world champion.

02/10/2012 20:58
we won it 5 times you manchester b'stards we won it 5 times 
25 years still in our shadow

02/10/2012 16:39
come on you reds ynwa best come back ever 30 thousand cant be wrong
02/10/2012 18:54
it was a fantastic comeback by liverpool and one that will  be difficult to equal ,3 nil down at half time against ac milan ,but they came up with the performance of a lifetime to go on and win the game against all odds ,ian mentions the ryder cup as a fantastic come back ,and i can agree with that ,it was a fantastic win for europe ,but it had been done before in recent ryder cup history by the americans so i think liverpools comeback just about shades it
02/10/2012 16:43
There are other sports apart from football - really, I hadn't noticed? To take a poll the day after the Ryder cup victory and to have an event that took place in 2005 outvote it says it all! Overturning a 3-0 deficit in a Champions League final is a bit different to a league match, it's a match between two of the finest teams in Europe. The Ryder cup team did well, but not a patch on the famous victory by the Reds! 
02/10/2012 19:50
I was at the champ league final and even now I still can not believe what I saw that crazy night!
02/10/2012 18:26
02/10/2012 21:09

To many bitter non Liverpool fans on this site, if it had been your team that came back from 3-0 down then off course it would be the greatest come back of all time.


Get over the Liverpool hate and the stereo-typical jibes, benefit cheats etc etc, I'm a scosuer and have lived in a number of cities north, south, overseas and I currently live in NZ, believe me there are far worse places and people than in Liverpool, but being a relatively decent human being I'n not going to name the places, quite frankly I'd take upto much space on this website.


3-3 Lierpool v AC Milan most defintely the greatest football comeback of all time, the Ryder cup this weekend runs it pretty close though as an overall sporting moment.

02/10/2012 21:58

Credit where credit is due

Liverpool were dead and buried in the first half I could see no way back for them then it was like the raising of Lazarus

A CLASS game and that is coming from the other side of the park


I am not biased and enjoy football

02/10/2012 18:19

I take it aidy is a MU fan ?

Bitter and delusional.

02/10/2012 23:17

Sorry Boys Man City end of season..agueroooooo...lol or the Totenham match man city again...3 nill down with 10 men and we came back to win 4-2...or the gillingham playoff final...2 nill down with 3 mins left!!!


Loved the Liverpool win though....City till I die...keep up the packt...

02/10/2012 17:48
how can someone get excited about watching golf??,but then its just been on the telly.next these dull people be talking up darts
02/10/2012 20:31
The Truth u ****, when u said 'sticks in the mind' is right ur skull's solid wood Ur a embarassment to mankind U need therapy mate.
02/10/2012 18:33
they won and good luck to them..i was cheerin them on that night...so why rob reckons im bitter,only he will know. if they in it next year and utd not in final..ill cheer them on again. unbias is a wonderful thing. nick and rob are just idiots.
02/10/2012 19:27

Ryder cup was by far the bast ever............    are you for real??  a dull boring sport to watch and you will have forgoten about in 2 weeks.liverpool was 3-0 down against a class side that had ripped them apart with slick passing of kaka and they turned it around in a sport that people DO watch unlike zzzzzzzzzzgolf


In the 1972 lake district table tennis final,i was 20 -10 down (2-2),and came back to win the game after 3 deuces,for a 3-2 victory.nothing comes close in my eyes

02/10/2012 23:07
of cause liverpool win  it   all the others are just flukes  i  mean  liverpool going 3-0 down at  half time played there way  back in  to  it were the others are just flukes  i mean  a cornner then getting a deflection as all the other flukes
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e Maria Olazabal's side were 10-6 down going into the singles matches but manages to claw back to win by just a single point.

Third place were Manchester United (17%) for their last-gasp turnaround to 

02/10/2012 22:49
THE TRUTH is simply a Troll alter ego , don't let him/her wind you up, they probably post under a normal name too so why give them credence. We are better than that YNWA
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