Greatest cup tie? Here are 10 to rival Tuesday’s gem

Arsenal's Theo Walcott and Francis Coquelin celebrate after an epic cup clash. Picture: AP
Arsenal's Theo Walcott and Francis Coquelin celebrate after an epic cup clash. Picture: AP
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THE SCOTSMAN rounds up 10 cup ties to rival Tuesday’s 12-goal thriller between Arsenal and Reading

Tottenham 3, Man City 4

(FA Cup 4th Round replay, 2 Apr, 2004)

Joey Barton’s red card, seconds after Christian Ziege’s free-kick had given Tottenham a 3-0 half time lead, seemingly cemented City’s defeat. But the ten men came roaring back and Jonathan Macken’s 90th-minute header completed the comeback.

Dundee United 5-6 Hearts (Scottish Cup 2nd Round, 17 Feb, 1968)

Donald Ford and Rene Moller gave Hearts a quick two-goal lead but the visiting side found themselves 4-2 down. Hearts tied things up but United regained the lead, only for Jim Irvine’s goal to settle the tie.

Liverpool 5-4 Alaves aet 
(Uefa Cup Final, 16 May 2001)

Gary McAllister was man of the match as Liverpool triumphed. The team from Merseyside got the winner four minutes from the end of extra time.

Motherwell 4-3 Dundee United aet (Scottish Cup Final, 18 May 1991)

Arguably the greatest-ever Scottish Cup Final. Motherwell led 3-1 but Darren Jackson’s injury-time equaliser pushed the game into extra-time. Stevie Kirk’s header won the tie for the Steelemen.

Rangers 4-3 Hearts 
(League Cup Final, 24 Nov 1996)

Ally McCoist’s early double was cancelled out by goals from Stevie Fulton and then John Robertson. The brilliance of Paul Gascoigne took over as two great strikes from the Englishman made the difference for Rangers.

Hibs 4-4 Celtic aet 
(League Cup quarter-final, 4 Sept, 1985)

The away side twice pegged back Hibs within a minute of the Easter Road club taking the lead but it was the home side who emerged triumphant. Danny McGrain’s own goal, a minute after Roy Aitken had given Celtic an extra-time lead, ensured penalty kicks, which Hibs won 4-2.

Liverpool 3-3 AC Milan aet (Champions League Final, 25 May, 2005)

Three goals down after the first half, Liverpool replied with three in six minutes before running out winners 3-2 on penalties.

Deportivo 4-3 Paris Saint Germain (Champions League Group Stage, 7 March, 2001)

Former Birmingham reject Walter Pandiani was the hero behind this fightback as his hat-trick of headers, along with a Diego Tristan strike, turned this match on its head.

Crystal Palace 4-3 Liverpool aet (FA Cup semi-final, 8 April, 1990)

John Barnes’ penalty five minutes from time looked certain to see heavily favoured Liverpool reach another final. Andy Gray’s dramatic stoppage time header kept the tie going before Alan Pardew won it for the underdogs.

West Ham United 3-3 Liverpool aet 
(FA Cup Final, 13 May, 2006)

Steven Gerrard’s 30-yard equalising volley, just as the PA announced how much stoppage time would be added, is the iconic image from this enthralling Cup Final. Liverpool would eventually win the trophy after emerging victorious in the penalty shoot-out.