The Lone stars took a stand in history when they came from four-goal down to draw against Nigeria in the AFCON qualifier. The Nigerian players were in cruise control, racing into a four-goal lead within the half-hour mark. At a point in the first half, it became a question of how many goals Super Eagles will score?
Victor Osinmhen and Everton’s Alex Iwobi ran the show for the most populous black nation in the world. Iwobi scored his first of the brace he bagged in the fifth minute. Osinmhen added the second and supplied the assist for the third and fourth goals scored by Iwobi and Chukwueze, respectively. A routine defeat for the Lone stars is in the offing, but they never gave up.
Sierra Leone started their comeback towards the end of the first half. Kwame Quee scored against the run of play to instill belief in their side. The Lone stars came for the second half of the game, more determined than their more illustrious opponents. Their hard work paid off when Kamara and Bandu scored the second and third goals to leave the scores at 4-3. Kamara completed the comeback with a back-post header when Iwobi gave away the ball at the edge of the penalty box.
Eventually, the match ended 4-4 to the disappointment of the Nigerian players and fans. Below are other great comebacks in football history that have the signature of the Sierra Leone comeback.
Angola 4-4 Mali, Africa Cup of Nations, 2010 – Mali looked defeated, with 11 minutes to the end of the match as the trailed 4-0. Flavio’s two headers and two goals from Gilberto and Manucho set the tone for a famous win for Angola. Unfortunately, In a twist of fate, Mali turned the table in the remaining 11 minutes of the match. A Keita brace and two goals from Kanoute and Mustapha Yatabara ensured the game ended in a 4-4 draw.
Newcastle United 4-4 Arsenal, Premier League, 2011 – Van Persie, Walcott, and Johan Djourou scored to hand Arsenal a four-goal first-half lead. Unfortunately, Diaby saw red at the beginning of the second half. Subsequently, Arsenal fell like a pack of cards. Two penalties scored by Joey Bartey either side of a Leon Best strike restored hope to Newcastle. Cheikh Tiote scored a screamer of a goal towards the end of the match to peg the game at 4-4.
Germany 4-4 Sweden, World Cup qualifying, 2012 – Sweden needed a second-half introduction of Kim Karlstrom and 30 minutes to nullify a four-goal lead by Germany. Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Mikael Lustig, and Johan Elmander scored in the space of 14 minutes. Subsequently, Elm completed the comeback with a lucky goal to end the match at 4-4. That is the first time Germany ever failed to see out a game they are leading by four goals.