1985 World Championship final: Dennis Taylor 18-17 Steve Davis
1954 World Cup final: West Germany 3-2 Hungary
The hot favourites and undisputed best-in-the-worlds had big leads in both matches – but were hauled back at the death by their plucky, inferior opponents.
1982 World Championship semi-final: Alex Higgins 16-15 Jimmy White
1999 Champions League semi-final: Manchester United 2-1 Bayern Munich
Sensational last-gasp wins from the jaws of defeat.
1994 World Championship final: Stephen Hendry 18-17 Jimmy White
1950 World Cup decider: Uruguay 2-1 Brazil
The great entertainers could taste their first world titles – but both lost their composure in front of a shell-shocked, biased crowd.
1983 UK Championship final: Alex Higgins 16-15 Steve Davis
2004 Champions League quarter final: Deportivo La Coruna 5-4 AC Milan (agg.)
The seemingly unstoppable champions looked to have all the hard work done early on in these ties – only for a plucky underdog to catch fire.
2003 World Championship semi-final: Ken Doherty 17-16 Paul Hunter
2017 Champions League last sixteen: Barcelona 6-5 PSG (agg.)
The eventual winners had taken a battering for most of the tie – only to pull off a scarcely believable comeback at the very end.
2017 World Championship semi-final: Mark Selby 17-15 Ding Junhui
2006 World Cup semi-final: Italy 2-0 Germany (0-0 after 90 minutes)
In terms of excitement, there have been greater matches. But in terms of being absorbed by pure quality, these matches were insanely brilliant.
2006 Masters Final: John Higgins 10-9 Ronnie O’Sullivan
1970 World Cup semi-final: Italy 4-3 Germany (1-1 after 90 minutes)
Matches that swung one way, then the other, and were insanely entertaining right through to their thrilling conclusions.
1999 World Championship semi-final: Stephen Hendry 17-13 Ronnie O’Sullivan
1960 European Cup final: Real Madrid 7-3 Eintracht Frankfurt
Widely considered among the greatest matches ever played in their respective sports, the great champions overcame a hugely spirited effort by their opponents.
2002 World Championship final: Peter Ebdon 18-17 Stephen Hendry
2010 World Cup semi-final: Uruguay 1-1 Ghana (Uruguay won on penalties)
The winners looked to have blown it right at the death. But got a second chance and took it.
2002 World Championship semi-final: Stephen Hendry 17-13 Ronnie O’Sullivan
1994 European Cup final: AC Milan 4-0 Barcelona
The old champions were written off by their cocky opponents, but delivered a devastating counter-punch.
1992 World Championship final: Stephen Hendry 18-14 Jimmy White
2005 Champions League final: Liverpool 3-3 AC Milan (Liverpool won on penalties)
It was all going so well for the losers up to about two-thirds of the way through. And then it all went horribly wrong.
2008 World Championship semi-final: Ronnie O’Sullivan 17-6 Stephen Hendry
2014 World Cup semi-final: Germany 7-1 Brazil
The fading men who once ruled the world given merciless thrashings that left us all thinking: did that really just happen?
2019 World Championship final: Judd Trump 18-9 John Higgins
1998 World Cup final: France 3-0 Brazil
The old reliables were devastated by the new kid on the block.
2004 World Championship semi-final: Ronnie O’Sullivan 17-4 Stephen Hendry
1970 World Cup final: Brazil 4-1 Italy
As good as it gets.