Greatest Champions League comebacks: Can Sociedad add to list?

Real Sociedad is up against a tough challenge in the UEFA Champions League knockout stages as they currently trail Paris Saint-Germain by a 2-0 aggregate scoreline. However, with other greatest Champions League comebacks, Real Sociedad might be on their way to making it against PSG.

Real Sociedad has demonstrated great resilience and quality throughout their journey to the knockout stages. Led by key figures like captain Mikel Oyarzabal and top scorer Brais Mendez, they overcame a difficult group stage, showcasing their attacking prowess and defensive solidity. Despite topping the group against last year's finalist Inter Milan and European powerhouse Benfica, they have been unlucky to face the mighty PSG.

They qualified from the group with three draws and three wins and without losing any game in the group stage. Along with that, they scored a total of seven goals with three goals for Brais Mendez and two goals for Mikel Oyarzabal.

PSG vs Real Sociedad in action – Photo by Icon Sport

The odds are not in favour of Real Sociedad as they attempt to overturn a 2-0 deficit against PSG. While PSG has rarely lost from such advantageous positions, the unpredictability of football allows for hope. Real Sociedad will draw inspiration from historic comebacks as they prepare to face PSG in the second leg of their Champions League tie. While the odds may be against them, football has a way of producing moments of magic, and Real Sociedad will be hoping to add their name to the list of greatest Champions League comebacks.

Real Sociedad's biggest inspiration is the 2016-17 Barcelona comeback against Paris Saint-Germain, where they came back after a two-goal deficit. Moreover, with PSG's superstar Kylian Mbappe reportedly heading towards signing with Real Madrid, there is already friction between PSG coach and star player. Real Sociedad will be hoping to take advantage of this situation.

Greatest Champions League Comeback

Barcelona vs. Paris Saint-Germain (2016-17):

Barcelona's stunning 6-1 victory over PSG in the second leg of their round of 16 tie remains one of the most memorable comebacks in Champions League history. Trailing 4-0 from the first leg, Barcelona produced a remarkable performance at Camp Nou to secure their place in the quarter-finals.

Real Madrid vs Man City (2021-22):

In the 2021-2022 UEFA Champions League semi-final, Real Madrid orchestrated a stunning comeback against Manchester City, securing their place in the final with a resounding 3-1 victory in the second leg. Real Madrid was down by two goals until the 90th minute in the second leg but managed to score two goals in regulation time and one in extra time.

Deportivo La Coruna vs. AC Milan (2003-04):

Deportivo La Coruna overturned a 4-1 deficit from the first leg against AC Milan in the quarter-finals of the 2003-04 Champions League. A stunning 4-0 victory in the second leg secured their place in the semi-finals and etched their names in Champions League history.

Manchester United vs. Paris Saint-Germain (2018-19):

Manchester United's dramatic comeback against PSG in the round of 16 of the 2018-19 Champions League showcased the unpredictability of football. Trailing 2-0 from the first leg, Manchester United secured a 3-1 victory in the return leg at Parc des Princes to advance to the quarter-finals on away goals.

AC Milan vs. Barcelona (2011-12):

AC Milan's resilient performance against Barcelona in the quarter-finals of the 2011-12 Champions League saw them overcome a 3-1 deficit from the first leg. A 3-0 victory in the return leg at San Siro propelled them to the semi-finals, defying the odds against the formidable Barcelona side.


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Jay is a soccer analyst from Canada with an in-depth knowledge of key betting markets and an appreciation of soccer history.