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With Oracle sailing towards one of the greatest comebacks in sporting history at the America's Cup, we look at other occasions which defied all the odds.
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As the America's Cup goes into a winner-takes-all final race on Wednesday, Team Oracle are sailing towards one of the greatest sporting comebacks. It would be a remarkable turnaround for a team who were at one stage 8-1 down having been docked two points before the regatta began. But can they do it? An Oracle would know.
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From an American success (almost) story to a sporting horror on American soil. The 'Miracle of Medinah' is fresh in the mind of any golf lover. On the final day, the U.S. led 10–6 but Europe surprised everyone by ending up victors. The sporting world had witnessed one of the greatest comebacks in Ryder Cup history, if not in sport.
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American sports fans will remember the remarkable turnaround between the Red Sox and New York Yankees in the 2004 World Series. No baseball team had ever been down three games to none in the playoffs and come back to win. But that's what the Red Sox did. Here former Boston Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein (L) and manager Terry Francona celebrate.
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The location was Istanbul and the Reds were 3-0 down against AC Milan at half-time. However, a heroic performance from Steven Gerrard saw Liverpool pull three goals back to win the Champions League. Red-iculous.

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From one amazing Champions League match to another. This time the location was Barcelona, the year 1999, and the team Manchester United. Under the guidance of Alex Ferguson, United scored twice in injury time to claim the Cup, the treble and to cement the phrase 'squeeky bum time' which was coined by their manager.
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The turnaround wasn't the most remarkable thing about France's 1999 World Cup semi-final win, it was the fact it was done against the tournament favourites New Zealand. Despite finding themselves 24-10 down in the second-half, France outplayed the fearsome All Blacks to claim a 43-31 victory and a place in the World Cup final.
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Ivan Lendl is currently best known as Andy Murray's coach but he was a fine player in his day. One of his bravest performances saw his come from two sets down against John McEnroe to win his first major at the French Open in 1984. 

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In one of the most extraordinary comebacks in Test cricket, India ended Australia's record run of 16 successive wins. After following on, VVS Laxman (R) hit 281 runs and India went on to win the 2001 series.

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As the America\(***)s Cup goes into a winner-takes-all final race on Wednesday, Team Oracle are sailing towards one of the greatest sporting comebacks. It would be a remarkable turnaround for a team who were at one stage 8-1 down having been docked two points before the regatta began. But can they do it? An Oracle would know.;*;From an American success (almost) story to a sporting horror on American soil. The \(***)Miracle of Medinah\(***) is fresh in the mind of any golf lover. On the final day, the U.S. led 10–6 but Europe surprised everyone by ending up victors. The sporting world had witnessed one of the greatest comebacks in Ryder Cup history, if not in sport. ;*;American sports fans will remember the remarkable turnaround between the Red Sox and New York Yankees in the 2004 World Series. No baseball team had ever been down three games to none in the playoffs and come back to win. But that\(***)s what the Red Sox did. Here former Boston Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein (L) and manager Terry Francona celebrate.;*;

The location was Istanbul and the Reds were 3-0 down against AC Milan at half-time. However, a heroic performance from Steven Gerrard saw Liverpool pull three goals back to win the Champions League. Red-iculous.

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Ivan Lendl is currently best known as Andy Murray\(***)s coach but he was a fine player in his day. One of his bravest performances saw his come from two sets down against John McEnroe to win his first major at the French Open in 1984. 

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In one of the most extraordinary comebacks in Test cricket, India ended Australia(***)s record run of 16 successive wins. After following on, VVS Laxman (R) hit 281 runs and India went on to win the 2001 series.

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In Pictures: Greatest ever sporting comebacks With Oracle sailing towards one of the greatest comebacks in sporting history at the America's Cup, we look at other occasions which defied all the odds.http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/In_Pictures%3A_Greatest_ever_sporting_comebacks_en-ussupport@newscred.comUntitled Site10Wed, 25 Sep 2013 14:20:20 GMTAmerica's Cup - Finals Races 14 and 15http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/In_Pictures%3A_Greatest_ever_sporting_comebacks_/slideshow/americas-cup-finals-races-14-and-15/6335d551b244ea3ae7266efca7e3f6c5

As the America's Cup goes into a winner-takes-all final race on Wednesday, Team Oracle are sailing towards one of the greatest sporting comebacks. It would be a remarkable turnaround for a team who were at one stage 8-1 down having been docked two points before the regatta began. But can they do it? An Oracle would know.

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As the America's Cup goes into a winner-takes-all final race on Wednesday, Team Oracle are sailing towards one of the greatest sporting comebacks. It would be a remarkable turnaround for a team who were at one stage 8-1 down having been docked two points before the regatta began. But can they do it? An Oracle would know.

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American sports fans will remember the remarkable turnaround between the Red Sox and New York Yankees in the 2004 World Series. No baseball team had ever been down three games to none in the playoffs and come back to win. But that's what the Red Sox did. Here former Boston Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein (L) and manager Terry Francona celebrate.

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American sports fans will remember the remarkable turnaround between the Red Sox and New York Yankees in the 2004 World Series. No baseball team had ever been down three games to none in the playoffs and come back to win. But that's what the Red Sox did. Here former Boston Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein (L) and manager Terry Francona celebrate.

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From an American success (almost) story to a sporting horror on American soil. The 'Miracle of Medinah' is fresh in the mind of any golf lover. On the final day, the U.S. led 10–6 but Europe surprised everyone by ending up victors. The sporting world had witnessed one of the greatest comebacks in Ryder Cup history, if not in sport.

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From an American success (almost) story to a sporting horror on American soil. The 'Miracle of Medinah' is fresh in the mind of any golf lover. On the final day, the U.S. led 10–6 but Europe surprised everyone by ending up victors. The sporting world had witnessed one of the greatest comebacks in Ryder Cup history, if not in sport.

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From one Fenway Sports owned club to another. Liverpool were still under English ownership when they achieved one of the biggest comebacks in Champions League history. The location was Istanbul and the Reds were 3-0 down against AC Milan at half-time. However, after an inspiring talk from Rafael Benitez and a heroic performance from Steven Gerrard, Liverpool pulled three goals back in six minutes and won the penalty shoot-out. Red-iculous.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/In_Pictures%3A_Greatest_ever_sporting_comebacks_/slideshow/no-caption/40e0ecf8fe977fb758f4b8eb0558d024ALASTAIR GRANT/AP

From one Fenway Sports owned club to another. Liverpool were still under English ownership when they achieved one of the biggest comebacks in Champions League history. The location was Istanbul and the Reds were 3-0 down against AC Milan at half-time. However, after an inspiring talk from Rafael Benitez and a heroic performance from Steven Gerrard, Liverpool pulled three goals back in six minutes and won the penalty shoot-out. Red-iculous.

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From one amazing Champions League match to another. This time the location was Barcelona, the year 1999, and the team Manchester United. Under the guidance of Alex Ferguson, United scored twice in injury time to claim the Cup, the treble and to cement the phrase 'squeeky bum time' which was coined by their manager.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/In_Pictures%3A_Greatest_ever_sporting_comebacks_/slideshow/file-alex-ferguson-retirement/a989b11dfb8bde14180f6be280e4d831EPA/ANDREU DALMAUFile Alex Ferguson retirement

From one amazing Champions League match to another. This time the location was Barcelona, the year 1999, and the team Manchester United. Under the guidance of Alex Ferguson, United scored twice in injury time to claim the Cup, the treble and to cement the phrase 'squeeky bum time' which was coined by their manager.

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The turnaround wasn't the most remarkable thing about France's 1999 World Cup semi-final win, it was the fact it was done against the tournament favourites New Zealand. Despite finding themselves 24-10 down in the second-half, France outplayed the fearsome All Blacks to claim a 43-31 victory and a place in the World Cup final.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/In_Pictures%3A_Greatest_ever_sporting_comebacks_/slideshow/no-caption/ea8686357df96870fede709e843fdf53AFP/Getty Images

The turnaround wasn't the most remarkable thing about France's 1999 World Cup semi-final win, it was the fact it was done against the tournament favourites New Zealand. Despite finding themselves 24-10 down in the second-half, France outplayed the fearsome All Blacks to claim a 43-31 victory and a place in the World Cup final.

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From a French victory to a victory in France. Ivan Lendl is currently best known as Andy Murray's coach but he was a fine player in his day. One of his bravest performances came against John McEnroe in the 1984 French Open final. Favourite McEnroe had not been beaten all year but he let a two-set lead, and a break in the fourth set, slip against a fired-up Lendl - who claimed his first grand slam trophy.

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From a French victory to a victory in France. Ivan Lendl is currently best known as Andy Murray's coach but he was a fine player in his day. One of his bravest performances came against John McEnroe in the 1984 French Open final. Favourite McEnroe had not been beaten all year but he let a two-set lead, and a break in the fourth set, slip against a fired-up Lendl - who claimed his first grand slam trophy.

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In one of the most extraordinary comebacks in Test cricket, Laxman (R) helped India end Australia's world record run of 16 successive Test victories. With India 1-0 down in the series, Laxman hit 281 runs during the second Test, in a game that saw India become only the third team to win despite following on. India went on to win the 2001 series. So what are your greatest sporting comebacks?

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In one of the most extraordinary comebacks in Test cricket, Laxman (R) helped India end Australia's world record run of 16 successive Test victories. With India 1-0 down in the series, Laxman hit 281 runs during the second Test, in a game that saw India become only the third team to win despite following on. India went on to win the 2001 series. So what are your greatest sporting comebacks?



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