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5 Greatest Manchester City Comebacks In Last 15 Years

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Top 5 Manchester City Comebacks In Last 15 Years

Scott Rovak-USA Today Sports

Manchester City went to Bayern Munich in the Champions League knowing that no matter what happened, they had already qualified for the next stage of the Champions League.

As a result, City boss Manuel Pellegrini rested some key players with upcoming games in mind. Sergio Aguero, Vincent Kompany, Alvaro Negredo all started on the bench. Yaya Toure missed the game through suspension and French left-back Gael Clichy was left in Manchester with a mild foot injury./p>

It was a smart move for Pellegrini to do, but being away in the Allianz Arena against the European Champions did leave City vulnerable. After barely 12 minutes, visitors were already down 2-0.

What happened after that will have fans talking for weeks to come. We all know that it takes some really strong nerves to be a Manchester City fan. The team has history of doing well, but just not good enough. An example of this is the final game of the 1995-96 season. Away vs. Liverpool, the boys in blue needed a victory to ensure they stayed in the Premier League for the following season.

Like last night, they initially went 2-0 down before pulling off an almost amazing comeback. The final score of 2-2 was a fantastic result, but not good enough to keep the blues up. They slipped down to the First Division.

Back in 1970 Mike Doye initiated a comeback to win the League Cup and that got me thinking: what has been Manchester City's most dramatic comebacks in the last 15 years?

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5. Bayern Munich 2, Manchester City 3 (2013)

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After initially going two goals down in the opening minutes and playing without some key players, Manchester City rallied with goals from Silva, Kolarov and Milner to a memorable win.

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4. Feed The Goat And He Will Score (2000)

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Following promotion from the third tier of English football in the previous season, Joe Royle's side needed a tie against Blackburn to secure back-to-back promotions.

Matt Jansen broke City hearts early on with a goal, and City were not going to be promoted at halftime. The second half saw Blackburn hit the post twice before Shaun Goater scored. Blackburn had been tough to beat all season, but following goals from Christian Dailly, Mark Kennedy and finally Paul Dickov, City secured promotion with an unlikely 4-1 win.

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3. Three Goals And A Man Down (2004)

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The FA Cup replay against Tottenham Hotspur was not going well for Manchester City at halftime. Not only were the visitors 3-0 down, but Joey Barton was also sent off as the sides were walking in at the half.

Chanting of 'We're gonna win the cup' ironically rang out, but the second half saw goals from Sylvan Distan, Paul Bosvelt and Shaun Goater to pull City level before substitute Jon Macken completed the turnaround.

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2. Division 2 Playoff (1999)

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This was a very important game for City to win and was nothing less was expected. In the third tier of English football, it was vital for City to earn a promotion or suffer more financial hardship.

In the other dugout, the ex-Stoke and current Crystal Palace manager Tony Pulis watched his side break the hearts of the City faithful as they grabbed a 2-0 lead with five minutes left.

Then the unexpected happened when Kevin Horlock and Paul Dickov scored to send the game into extra time. Although there were no goals during that period, the momentum had clearly swung to Manchester City. They would win on penalties, with final save from Nicky Weaver sending him on a crazy run around the Wembley turf.

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1. Premier League Winners (2012)

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It had to be, didn't it. The come-from-behind final-game victory that not only handed City the Premiership title, but ripped it cruelly from the hands of Manchester United. That always feels good.

Pablo Zabaleta had put City ahead just before half time, which is all Manchester City needed going into the game. That cancelled out the initial Wayne Rooney goal at Sunderland which had made City nervous.

However, City eventually found themselves on the wrong end of a the 2-1 deficit. At this point in the second half, Manchester United just needed to keep that Rooney goal the difference and they would retain the title. Had Manchester City thrown away the title at the last hurdle? Not if Edin Deko had a say. The Bosnian made it 2-2 in the second of five additional stoppage time minutes. The United game ended and now it was a waiting game.

Then with the final kick of the game, Sergio Aguero finished neatly past Paddy Kenny to secure City's first title in 44 years.