Five of the most improbable comebacks

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard with the European Cup.  Photo / AP
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard with the European Cup. Photo / AP

Think what Europe did was pretty special? Try these for size too.

1 Paul Lawrie, 1999
To stay on the golf theme, the Scot, who won his singles match yesterday against the in-form Brandt Snedeker, started the final round of the Open Championship at Carnoustie 10 shots off the pace. He finished round four three shots back and watched as France's Jean van de Velde stunningly came back to him on the final hole. It's remembered for van de Velde's collapse, but Lawrie's comeback was just as ludicrous.

2 Liverpool, 2005
You don't come from 0-3 down to beat AC Milan, one of the stingiest defensive teams in Europe, especially not on such a big stage as the Champions League final and with, let's face it, one of the weaker teams to ever make the final. But driven on by Steven Gerrard in his finest hour, Liverpool drew level in a few breathtaking second half minutes and went on to win the penalty shootout.

3 Boston Red Sox, 2004
The Sox didn't beat the Yankees, the Curse of the Bambino (Babe Ruth) saw to that.

So when New York took a 3-0 lead in their American League Championship Series, another sob story was all but written. Boston came from behind to win the next two matches in extra innings at home, which was remarkable enough, but then went to Yankee Stadium to win games six and seven. The curse was slayed.

4 Henri Cochet, 1927
Down two sets to love and 1-5 in the third to Bill Tilden, Cochet did not have a hope of progressing to the Wimbledon final ... or so you'd think. One of French tennis' four musketeers, Cochet won 2-6 4-6 7-5 6-4 6-3.

5Australia II, 1983
Back when the America's Cup meant something other than a billionaire's wet dream, the Dennis Conner-skippered Liberty was cruising to another American victory with a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven series. Australia II, with John Bertrand at the helm and with a radical winged keel design by the late Ben Lexcen, battled back to win race five and six and came from behind to win race 7 by 41s. It was the first time in 132 years that the trophy had left American soil.

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