When Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang gave Borussia Dortmund a 2-0 lead inside 10 minutes, several Liverpool fans lost hope.
Dortmund’s quick start meant the Reds required at least three goals to go through which, as we know, they managed to do.
But at 8:15pm on Thursday evening, things looked bleak. One fan was so pessimistic that he made a promise to his girlfriend that he is now regretting.
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Dean Lovren’s 91st-minute goal completed one of the greatest comebacks in European history but it was a bittersweet moment for Nathan, a Liverpool supporter.
That’s because he told his girlfriend that he would marry her if Liverpool came back from 2-0 down.
Of course, the thought of getting married isn’t a sad moment at all. But Nathan made the wild promise believing completely that the tie was over.
He called talkSPORT at the final whistle and to say he sounded gutted is an understatement.
Click HERE to listen to the phone call. Or, if you’d simply rather read the conversation, follow along.
“Hello Nathan,” the presenters say, and it doesn’t take them long to realise that something is wrong.
99 per cent of Liverpool fans would have greeted Andy Goldstein and Jason Cundy with clear delight after the events of Thursday night, but not Nathan.
“Nah, I’m absolutely ecstatic with the result,” the Liverpool fan says.
“You don’t sound happy,” is the response. “Has something happened?”
This is where things get interesting.
“Err, well, since you’re egging it on. At 2-0 down, girlfriend - who’s a Man United fan, by the way - started texting me and said a couple of jibes and I said well, ‘if we get through this and win this, I’ll marry you.’”
Cue awkward silence, then laughter from the presenters.
“It was one of those nights, weren’t it?” Nathan continues.
Nathan couldn't hide his disappointment
He later attempted to backtrack on his comments by saying he meant by “win this”, he was referring to the whole competition and not just Thursday’s game.
The presenters then asked Nathan if he was gutted, to which he unconvincingly replied: “No, I’m not.”
But he gave the game up when he refused to give a percentage of how bad he felt because, “there’s some woman, somewhere listening to this that will report back [to his girlfriend].”
He later admitted to being one per cent gutted.
And that’s why you don’t make absurd promises so early on in a football game.
AC Milan didn't spring to Nathan's mind
Nathan must have completely forgotten that his favourite team staged the greatest comeback in European history 11 years ago, when Liverpool turned a 3-0 half-time deficit around to beat AC Milan in the Champions League final.
Although, as proposals go, there are few better than his.