World Champions Real Madrid are officially the European comeback kings after producing a tantalizing performance against Liverpool at Anfield on Tuesday night, winning the Champions League last-16 first-leg tie 5-2.
After going down two goals in the opening 14 minutes, Madrid came back to secure an emphatic victory. Vinicius Junior scored twice before halftime to pull the visitors back on level terms.
Eder Militao also scored a header before Karim Benzema added two more goals in the second half.
Crowned European Comeback Kings
Real Madrid has a long history of staging impressive comebacks in European competitions.
The Spanish giants have a reputation for never giving up, even in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds.
Under the guidance of legendary coach Zinedine Zidane, Madrid produced an incredible run of three consecutive Champions League titles from 2016 to 2018.
During this run, they showcased their incredible resilience and ability to come back from the brink.
In the 2016 final against Atletico Madrid, Madrid trailed 1-0 with just a few minutes left in the game, only for Sergio Ramos to equalize in injury time and force extra time.
Madrid eventually won the match 5-3 on penalties.
The following year, they produced an incredible comeback against Bayern Munich in the quarterfinals.
Trailing 2-1 from the first leg, Madrid fell behind 2-1 in the second leg before Cristiano Ronaldo scored two goals to secure a 4-2 win and a place in the semifinals.
In the 2018 final against Liverpool, Madrid again fell behind early, but a stunning overhead kick from Gareth Bale helped turn the tide and secure a 3-1 victory.
Madrid's comeback against Liverpool on Tuesday is the latest in a string of remarkable turnarounds that the Spanish club has produced in recent years.
Last season, Madrid beat Liverpool in the final to win a record-extending 14th European Cup title.
Along the way, they produced comebacks against Paris Saint-Germain, Chelsea, and Manchester City.
Madrid's comeback prowess extends beyond their recent Champions League success.
Overall, Madrid's record in European comebacks is truly remarkable.
They have a reputation for never giving up and always finding a way to win, no matter the odds.
With the likes of Vinicius Junior and Karim Benzema in top form, it seems that Madrid's status as European comeback kings is set to continue for some time.
Vinicius Jr: Madrid's Most Decisive Player
Vinicius was hailed by his manager Carlo Ancelotti as "the most decisive player in world football today," after the Brazilian winger played a key role in the comeback.
Vinicius has become Madrid's most important player this season, scoring 16 goals and providing six assists across all competitions.
He is also the player with the most goal attempts and shots on target in the Champions League this season and is the most fouled player in Europe's top five leagues.
The Brazilian winger has become the key player for Real Madrid this season, leading the team in scoring and playing a crucial role in their recent successes.
He scored twice in Madrid's stunning comeback against Liverpool at Anfield, bringing his tally in the Champions League to five goals this season. He has also scored 11 goals in La Liga and three in the Copa del Rey.
At only 22 years old, Vinicius has already established himself as one of the most promising young talents in world football.
He possesses impressive speed and dribbling skills and is a constant threat to opposing defences.
He is also an excellent finisher and can score from a variety of positions on the pitch.
Vinicius has been subjected to racist abuse from the stands and has faced overly aggressive defenders during his time in Spain, but he has managed to overcome these challenges and establish himself as Madrid's most decisive player.
His performance against Liverpool on Tuesday night has earned him widespread praise and cemented his place as a key player for the Spanish giants.
Ancelotti attributed Madrid's success to the team's habit of clicking into gear after falling behind.
The coach also praised his side's improved defensive display in the second half.
Madrid will head into the second leg at home with a three-goal advantage over Liverpool.
The Merseyside club's manager, Jurgen Klopp, was left disappointed and admitted that his side made too many mistakes in defense.