Few things in the world of football match the unbridled joy and chaotic energy of a last-minute goal. That feeling of pure elation as the ball trickles into the back of the net to send 40,000 fans in the stadium into hysteria. The nerves and tension that precedes a goal, dissipated in a matter of seconds and replaced my unfiltered jubilation. These are the moments you cherish as a football fan and it is these memories that define careers and seasons. Here is our list of the Top 5 Last-minute goals scored in Football.
5. David Beckham | England vs Greece | Final Round of Qualifying World Cup 2002
One of the most iconic last-minute goals in the history of football came off the boot of David Beckham at his home ground in Manchester. With England trailing Greece 2-1 and needing a goal to qualify for the 2002 World Cup Finals, David Beckham came to the fore to score one of the most memorable goals in an England shirt. Beckham curled in a delicious free-kick from 30 yards right into the top corner in the final minute of injury time to secure England’s place in the World Cup and send Old Trafford into a frenzy.
4. Sergio Ramos | Real Madrid vs Atletico Madrid | 2014 Champions League Final
There aren’t many players in the world who rise to the occasion more frequently in clutch situations than Sergio Ramos. In their most important game in over a decade – chasing their 10th UCL title – Real were trailing their rivals Atletico 1-0 in the dying moments of the final in Lisbon. Up steps Sergio Ramos in the 93rd minute to smash his header home and take the tie to extra time and give Real the momentum to win 4-1. This goal was the catalyst for Real’s dominance in Europe as they went on to win four Champions Leagues in the next 5 years.
3. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer | Manchester United vs Bayern Munich | 1999 Champions League Final
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was known as the ‘supersub’ during his time as a player in Manchester and undoubtedly his most important goal came in the final of the 1999 Champions League final. Just seconds after Teddy Sheringham equalised in the 91st minute, Solskjaer found himself in the right place at the right time from a David Beckham corner to tap in the winning goal with less than a minute left on the clock. Solskjaer’s winning goal won Manchester United their first Champions League under Sir Alex Ferguson and more importantly was the goal that secured the historic treble for the club.
2. Troy Deeney | Watford vs Leicester City | 2013 Championship Play-Off Second Leg
There may not be a more hair-raising, heart-stopping, action-packed end to a football game than Troy Deeney’s goal against Leicester City in the 2013 Championship play-offs. With the game tied at 2-2, Watford conceded a penalty in injury time to Leicester. A goal would have sent Leicester to the Championship Play-Off Final but in dramatic fashion, Manuel Almunia saved Knockeart’s penalty and the rebound was booted up the pitch with Watford ready to counter. Fernando Foristieri curled in a wonderful cross into the penalty box which Jonathan Hogg cushioned for Troy Deeney to smash into the roof of the net to send Watford to Wembley. There were only 20 seconds between the missed penalty and the goal at the other end and the atmosphere as the goal went in is one of the most remarkable sights in the history of football.
1. Sergio Aguero | Manchester City vs QPR | Game 38 of 2011/12 PL Season
“AGUEROOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.” You can still hear Martin Tyler’s voice ringing in your ears as Sergio Aguero smashes the ball into the net to win City the title in 2012. If there was one image or moment that encapsulates the drama of the Premier League, it would be Sergio Aguero, twirling his shirt and running off in the distance after scoring the incredible last-minute goal that broke United hearts. 93 minutes and 20 seconds, virtually the last kick of the game, and Sergio Aguero pops up with the most important goal of his career to win Manchester City their first title in 44 years. It was a goal that shifted the tectonic plates in English football and will go down in the annals of history as one of the iconic moments in the league and the sport itself.
[Image Credit: Liverpool FC]