Manchester City comebacks…you gotta love them. Unless of course you happen to be the opposition at the time, and/or a United fan.
City of course staged a thrilling second-half comeback to overcome a two-goal deficit at Bayern Munich in the Champions League last night – it was just a shame Manuel Pellegrini didn’t realise that 4-2 would be sufficient to top their group, otherwise it could have been double spectacular.
Nevertheless, we got thinking on other great Manchester City comebacks of recent times and came up with the following, largely starring Edin Džeko…
4-3 v Chelsea, May 2013
It may only have been an exhibition match at the end of last season, but beating Chelsea from three goals down is never to be sniffed at…
2-1 v Tottenham Hotspur, November 2012
Visiting Spurs led 1-0 at half time through a Steven Caulker goal, before Sergio Agüero’s 65th minute equaliser and Džeko’s 88th minute winner brought back memories of a certain FA Cup tie between the two sides.
2-1 v West Bromwich Albion, October 2012
Džeko netted in the 80th and 90th minutes to overturn a Shane Long goal, despite City playing the majority of the game with ten men after last night’s hero James Milner was sent off for bringing down Long in the first half.
2-1 v Fulham, September 2013
Agüero equalised Mladen Petrić’s 10th minute penalty before Džeko stepped off the bench to win it in the 87th minute, on what was a good day for players with interesting accents in their names.
3-2 v Southampton, August 2012
Trailing the newly promoted Saints 2-1 with twenty-odd minutes left at the Etihad, City rallied with goals from Džeko and Samir Nasri to grab an opening day win in circumstances not dissimilar to those in which they won the previous season’s Premier League title…
3-2 v Queens Park Rangers, May 2012
The daddy of them all – City just had to win at home to QPR to secure the title but looked to have made an unholy mess of it when they trailed 2-1 going into stoppage time. The rest is Džeko and Agüero-hewn history…
3-3 v Sunderland, March 2012
Drawing at home to Sunderland mightn’t be much to shout about, but given that City won the title on goal difference its importance cannot be overstated. The visitors carried a shock 3-1 lead into the last five minutes, upon which Mario Balotelli and Aleksandar Kolarov struck the levelling blows.
2-1 v Chelsea, March 2012
Ten days prior to the Sunderland comeback, Carlos Tevez came out of his self-imposed exile to tee up Nasri for an 85th minute winner after a 78th minute Agüero penalty had cancelled out Gary Cahill’s opener for the visitors.
4-3 v Tottenham Hotspur, February 2004
The aforementioned FA Cup tie. 3-0 down at half time, away from home and down to ten men? No problem…
2-2 v Gillingham, May 1999
The 1998/99 Second Division play-off final looked to be running away from City when Gillingham raced into a 2-0 lead…
…one which lasted until the 89th minute – and then this happened…
…and then this…
Nicky Weaver is now at Aberdeen, for whom he has made two appearances.
Can you think of any other great Manchester City comebacks from yesteryear? We know City came from behind to beat West Brom 2-1 in the 1970 League Cup final, but that falls outside of our own “of recent times” remit.
Older City fans, have your say in the comments bit, below!