Premier League: The 17 worst collapses in history after Tottenham's nightmare vs West Ham

Tottenham threw away a three-goal lead against West Ham

Tottenham suffered a huge collapse against West Ham on Sunday afternoon.

Jose Mourinho’s side raced out of the blocks and were 3-0 up after just 16 minutes with Son Heung-min and Harry Kane (2) getting on the scoresheet.

But they completely fell apart with 10 minutes remaining.

Fabian Balbuena gave the Hammers hope when he headed home in the 82nd minute, before a Davinson Sanchez own-goal three minutes later reduced the deficit to just a solitary strike.

And Manuel Lanzini scored a stunner from 30 yards with virtually the last kick of the game to complete the comeback.

Tottenham players look dejected after collapsing vs West Ham

It really was a remarkable collapse from Spurs, who looked as if they would easily romp away with the points.

And that result got us here at GIVEMESPORT thinking – what are the biggest single game collapses in Premier League history?

We’ve looked through the archives and ranked the 17 most astonishing capitulations in England’s top tier over the past 28 years.

It’s important to note that these aren’t necessarily the best comebacks. For example, Man City’s dramatic comeback against QPR to win the Premier League title does not feature. These are the games where a team looked in complete control but threw it away in remarkable circumstances.

The team that collapsed in every game is listed in capitals.

17. EVERTON 2-2 Newcastle (2020)

Everton were 2-0 up in the 93rd minute and looked to be heading to all three points against Newcastle.

But Florian Lejeune scored twice – in the 94th and 95th minute – to stage what was an incredible comeback.

16. Chelsea 2-2 TOTTENHAM (2016)

Spurs needed a win against Chelsea to keep their Premier League title hopes alive. It looked as if they would when they were 2-0 up after just 35 minutes.

But they completely crumbled and Eden Hazard’s late strike meant the two teams shared the spoils.

Spurs’ players lost their heads towards the end of the game as their title hopes were extinguished.

Tottenham and Chelsea players clash after 'The Battle of the Bridge'

15. West Brom 5-5 MAN UNITED (2013)

United led 3-0 and 5-2 in Alex Ferguson’s last game as Manchester United manager.

But West Brom scored three goals in the final nine minutes to ensure Ferguson’s managerial career ended on an incredible note.

This game would have been ranked higher had Man United not already won the title.

14. MAN CITY 2-3 Man United (2018)

Pep Guardiola’s side were cruising against United in 2018. Goals from Vincent Kompany and Ilkay Gundogan gave City a two-goal lead after just 30 minutes.

But United – who were in a rough patch at the time – were not to be denied.

Paul Pogba scored two quickfire goals before Chris Smalling netted the winner to shock City.

Chris Smalling scores for Man United vs Man City in 2018

13. MAN CITY 2-3 Fulham (2008)

Another Man City collapse. City led 2-0 going into the final 20 minutes against a Fulham side battling for Premier League survival.

And Fulham scored three goals in the last 20 minutes to shock City. Diomansy Kamara netted a dramatic winner in stoppage time.

12. CHELSEA 2-3 Arsenal (1999)

Chelsea were 2-0 up against Arsenal going into the final 15 minutes.

But the Blues collapsed as Nwankwo Kanu scored a stunning 15-minute hat-trick late on.

11. Liverpool 3-3 MAN UNITED (1994)

United were 3-0 up after just 25 minutes at the home of their biggest rivals in 1994.

But they let their foot off the gas and they were punished by Liverpool.

A brace from Neil Clough meant the deficit was just one goal at half-time.

And Neil Ruddock headed home a memorable goal late on to leave United stunned.

10. Norwich 4-4 MIDDLESBROUGH (2005)

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink’s delightful free-kick with 12 minutes remaining gave Middlesbrough a 4-1 lead.

But Norwich fought back and Adam Drury’s last-minute goal completed a miraculous comeback.

9. Newcastle 4-3 LEICESTER (1997)

A shock looked on the cards when Leicester were 3-1 up against Newcastle with 15 minutes remaining.

But Leicester were powerless as Alan Shearer hit a late hat-trick to send the home fans crazy.

8. Leeds 4-3 DERBY (1997)

Derby were 3-0 up against Leeds at Elland Road after just 33 minutes.

But Leeds came roaring back, with goals from Rod Wallace, Harry Kewell and Hasselbaink setting up a grandstand finish.

Lee Bowyer then sent the home fans into raptures with a last-minute effort.

Lee Bowyer celebrates his last-minute goal for Leeds vs Leicester

7. LEICESTER 3-4 Wolves (2003)

Leicester were dominant against Wolves in 2003, leading 3-0 at half-time.

But momentum completely swung in the second half and Wolves scored four unanswered goals in a stunning comeback. Henri Camara struck the winner in the 86th minute.

6. Wigan 3-2 ARSENAL (2010)

Wigan were in the middle of a relegation battle and were in desperate search of three points.

Arsenal, on the other hand, were still in the title race and knew a win would give them a chance of ending their six-year drought.

They led 2-0 with 10 minutes remaining thanks to goals from Theo Walcott and Mikael Silvestre.

But, with the title on the line, Arsenal crumbled as they conceded three goals in the final 10 minutes. Charles N’Zogbia struck a brilliant winner in the 91st minute.

5. QPR 3-2 LIVERPOOL (2012)

Liverpool were two goals up and cruising with 15 minutes remaining against QPR in 2012.

But they soon found themselves on the wrong end of an embarrassing defeat.

Goals from Shaun Derry and Djibril Cisse gave QPR hope, before Jamie Mackie struck the winner in injury-time.


4. TOTTENHAM 3-5 Man United (2001)

Tottenham produced an incredible first half performance as they led Man United 3-0 at the break.

But they went from sublime to absolutely dismal.

United scored FIVE second half goals to stun Spurs.

3. West Ham 3-3 TOTTENHAM (2020)

Tottenham’s collapse against West Ham on Sunday was incredible.

There has been much worse, though…

2. Newcastle 4-4 ARSENAL (2011)

Arsenal were absolutely dominant in the first half against Newcastle. They were 3-0 up after just 10 minutes and they extended their lead to four when Van Persie struck.

But Newcastle staged an extraordinary comeback in the final 25 minutes.

Joey Barton (2) and Leon Best scored to give Newcastle the chance of doing the unthinkable.

And Cheik Tiote (R.I.P) scored a stunning volley late on to mark an incredible collapse from Arsenal.

1. Crystal Palace 3-3 LIVERPOOL (2014)

‘Crystanbul’ will likely never be forgotten.

Liverpool, chasing their first ever Premier League title, led 3-0 after 78 minutes.

They were dominant throughout and could have been even more in front.

But they completely collapsed in the final 11 minutes. Dwight Gayle scored the equaliser late on to reduce Luis Suarez to tears.

Luis Suarez in tears after 'Crystanbul'
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