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8 improbable CL comebacks that make a Celtic triumph tonight seem feasible
The Scottish club have a mountain to climb against FC Shakhter this evening.

1. Deportivo 4-0 Milan (Deportivo win 5-4 on aggregate) – 2004 quarter-final

Milan evidently thought they had this game won after the first leg, but goals from Walter Pandiani, Juan Carlos Valeron, Albert Luque and Fran were enough to shock the Italians.

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2. Man United 2-1 Bayern Munich – 1999 Final

Celtic need to score at least two goals in 90 minutes tonight, yet United managed that feat in just over two minutes amid the incredible end to the 1999 final.

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3. Liverpool 3-3 AC Milan (Liverpool win 3-2 on penalties) – 2005 Final

Few people gave the Reds a hope when they were 3-0 down at half-time, yet a miraculous second-half turnaround enabled them to eventually win the game on penalties.

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4. Borussia Dortmund 3-2 Malaga – 2013 Quarter-final

After a goalless first-leg, Malaga looked all but assured of their place in the semis as Eliseu’s goal gave them a 2-1 lead on 82 minutes, meaning Dortmund had to score twice owing to the away goals rule. Yet just as United had in 1999, the Germans struck twice in injury-time with Marco Reus and Felipe Santana getting their names on the scoresheet.

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5. Barcelona 5-1 Chelsea – 2000 quarter-final

Chelsea had previously won the first-leg 3-1 in Stamford Bridge and when Tore Andre Flo had scored the crucial away goal after Barca had taken a 2-0 lead, the Spaniards appeared on the verge of exiting the competition. Nevertheless, Dani Garcia scored late on to bring the tie to extra-time, before Patrick Kluivert and Rivaldo made the victory safe.

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6. Barcelona 4-0 Milan – 2013 Round of 16

Not many teams would feel confident of victory after a 2-0 first-leg defeat by AC Milan, yet Barca achieved this remarkable result with relative ease. They consequently became the first side in history to reverse a two-goal first-leg loss without scoring an away goal. Celtic will hope to emulate that feat this evening.

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7. Monaco 3-1 Real Madrid – 2004 quarter-final

The Spanish side’s expensively assembled group of superstars had secured a 4-2 advantage in the first-leg, but inspired by on loan Madrid player Fernando Morientes, Monaco prevailed 3-1 in the return game.

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8. Chelsea 4-1 Napoli – 2012 Round of 16

Chelsea had lost the first-leg in Italy 3-1, however a change of manager in between legs had the desired effect, with a 4-1 extra-time victory, despite Gokhan Inler’s away goal at once stage seemingly ending the English side’s hopes.

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