Whenever the idea of a comeback is mentioned around football, thoughts immediately turn to the successful Champions League campaign of Manchester United in the 1998-99 season and that dramatic night in Barcelona.
In truth, it was another great comeback in the semifinal against Juventus that had even allowed the Red Devils to find their way to the competition’s crescendo, but that won’t be remembered anywhere as vigorously as the final.
It’s ironic that the greatest comeback features one of the smaller scorelines, but it was the fashion in which Manchester United staged their rebellion that made this match so good.
Mario Basler’s sixth-minute free kick had put Bayern Munich ahead early, a lead the Germans maintained for pretty much the whole fixture.
However, substitute Teddy Sheringham came to Sir Alex Ferguson’s rescue in the first minute of added time, finishing on the turn from eight yards out to draw the English outfit level.
With extra time looking likely, it was then Ole Gunner Solskjaer’s turn to etch his name in the history books, netting a 93rd-minute winner that any viewer would find difficult to forget.
Miraculous wouldn’t be overstating things.