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Revisiting Real Madrid's Greatest Comebacks

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Real Madrid look to pull a rabbit out of their hat and amaze at the Bernabéu to keep their Champions League hopes alive. So let's take a look back at some of Real Madrid's biggest comebacks.

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The comeback; the event the sporting world most loves to see.

Right now Real Madrid have their backs against the wall, as they are close to crashing out of the Champions League and collecting zero trophies this season. Over the course of the club's long and illustrious history, Madrid have been in some hard spots, forcing them to execute incredible comebacks. Here are just a few of them, as we take a walk down memory lane.

Real Madrid 3-0 Inter

[Agg 3-2, 84/85 UEFA Cup Semi-Final]

They played Inter Milan in the semi-final and left the San Siro down 2-0. Inter knew going into the Bernabéu they were going to have to put more goals on the board. 90 minutes in the Bernabéu is a long time warned Juanito (still true to this day). Santillana scored two tallies before half time to bring Madrid level. Michel broke Inter's hearts as he scored at the hour mark to send Los Blancos to the final.

Real Madrid 5-1 Derby County

[Agg 6-5, 75/76 European Cup Second Round]

Charlie George picked up a hat trick as he led Derby County to a win over the Spanish giants at Derby's Baseball Ground. The end result was a 4-1 victory for County and looked as though they had everything wrapped up. Just one problem, they had to head to Spain and play at the Bernabéu.

Within the first two minutes on a Roberto Martinez goal Madrid would kick off the second leg in style. He would repeat this after the restart making it 2-0. While it was now 4-3 on aggregate the match was still in Derby County's favor.  Los Blancos would equalize by going up 3-0 putting the score at 5-5 on aggregate thanks to Santillana.

Derby would put one back, but it wouldn't be enough. Perri of Real Madrid would net one that would send the match into extra time. Santillana would etch his name in Real Madrid's history books by scoring the game winner in the 100th minute to send Real Madrid forward and to send Derby County packing back to England.

Real Madrid 4-0 Gladbach

[Agg 5-5, 1985 UEFA Cup 3rd Round]

Once again Madrid would go down on the road, needing a comeback at home to continue. They were in a 4 goals in the hole to German side Monchengladbach . The Germans were pretty confident headed into the second leg at the Bernabéu. Santillana would play hero and heart breaker (again) as Madrid would tally four goals tying it up on aggregate.

Madrid would go through on the away goal rule.

Real Madrid 6-1 Anderlecht

[Agg 6-4, 1984-85 UEFA Cup 3rd Round]

Madrid went down 3-0 in Belgium to Anderlecht. Madrid knew they were going to need a number of goals to pull them back in and to continue in Europe. Real Madrid welcomed Anderlect to the Bernabéu, where as we've learned is a really hard place to play in, if you're the opposition.

Emilio Butragueno is a name I'm sure Anderlecht wont forget as he piled on a hat trick. They wouldn't stop there, three other goals would come from Manuel Sanchis and a brace from Jorge Valdano. Madrid would go on to win the cup that year, thanks to this colossal comeback.

So history shows us that Real Madrid have had their backs against the wall and have overcome deficits to continue. Thus, it's not at all out of the realm of possibility that we could see the same magic happen at the Bernabéu next week.