Top 3 comebacks Barcelona star Arda Turan has been involved in
Barcelona star Arda Turan has been involved in some pretty incredible comebacks over the years.
We take a look at his top three.
Turkey 3-2 Czech Republic
The teams went into the final Euro 2008 group game at the Stade de Geneve with identical records needing a victory to progress to the quarter-finals.
Turkey got off to a dreadful start. Jan Koller found the back of the net with a header in the first half before Jaroslav Plasil looked to have booked his side a place in the next round when he doubled the Czech’s lead.
The Crescent Stars campaign looked over. Turkey were down by two goals late into the second half when Arda Turan scored what looked like nothing more than a consolation goal on 75 minutes.
Turan proved to be the catalyst that led to the most remarkable of comebacks. Former Villarreal star Nihat Kahveci equalised after Petr Cech dropped a cross and he almost put Turkey ahead when his shot crashed off the bar.
Then disaster struck. Turkey keeper Volkan Demirel was sent off for a push on Koller on 90 minutes.
Just when it all looked over up stepped Kahveci with an curling shot into the top corner to take Turkey through to the last-eight.
Turkey became the sixth side to come back from a two goal deficit to win a match at the European Championship.
Turkish 1-1 Croatia
Neither side were able to break the deadlock until the Klasnic scored what looked like the winner deep into extra time on 119 minutes.
The comeback kings were however, not finished. Not by a long shot. Just seconds later Semih Senturk scored an equaliser while Croatia were celebrating booking a place in the semi-finals.
Croatia were hit with a sucker punch and never quite recovered. Turkey ended up eliminating the Croats on penalties with Turan converting his spot kick.
Barcelona 6-5 PSG
Turan made it clear after the 4-0 defeat against PSG that he had not given up.
The Turkish international went into the second leg on the bench after missing the previous five games with an adductor injury.
For an hour it looked like Barcelona were about to pull off the most unlikely of upsets. 3-0 up with half-an-hour left to get a fourth that would have levelled the tie. Then Edison Cavani looked to have extinguished all hopes of a comeback after scoring on 62 minutes.
The silence in the Camp Nou was deafening. Cavani dealt what appeared to have delivered the final nail in the coffin. Barca needed three goals in under half-an-hour. Impossible, surely?
Turan was brought on along with Sergi Roberto in a final throw of the dice by head coach Luis Enrique.
Neymar scored an incredible free-kick on 88 minutes and while it may have seemed like nothing more than a consolation goal at the time, Barcelona grabbed the ball from the back of the net, ran back with it and placed it firmly on the centre-spot. There was still belief in this Barca side and by the time Neymar converted from the penalty spot a minute later the Camp Nou was rocking.
With the final kick of the game Roberto round the back of the net to pull off the greatest comeback in Champions League history.
All the goals from that astonishing match. (Includes diving).https://t.co/Hn0P0Mpwey
— Nick Harris (@sportingintel) March 9, 2017