15 Most Devastating Last-Minute Goals Allowed in World Football History
Last-minute goals are usually epic.
They become even more epic when there is something on the line. Be it a trophy, pride or just a place in the next round of a competition—the drama is intense and sometimes you can just feel it in the air.
Here are 15 of the most devastating last-minute goals—that counted—in British footballing history.
Steven Gerrard vs. Olympiakos
Steven Gerrard has a penchant for last-minute goals, and his strike against Olympiakos was one of his best.
Liverpool needed to beat the Greek side by two clear goals in order to progress to the knockout stages in 2004, and with the score at 2-1, Gerrard decided to do this.
You just have to love Andy Gray's commentary.
Steven Gerrard vs. West Ham
Told you Gerrard has a habit.
In 2006, Liverpool found themselves 3-2 down to West Ham United in the FA Cup Final.
As the overhead announcer was declaring that there would be four minutes of added time, Steven Gerrard lashed home a half volley from 25 yards.
Liverpool went on to win the competition.
Sheringham vs. Bayern Munich
In 1999, Manchester United found themselves 1-0 down to German side Bayern Munich in the Champions League final.
Never one to give up, Alex Ferguson threw on English striker Teddy Sheringham, who promptly stabbed home the equalizer in the 91st minute to break Bayern Munich hearts.
A last-minute goal that United surely didn't deserve, but they weren't finished there...
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer vs. Bayern Munich
Bayern Munich must have thought that extra time was looming as they went to sleep whilst super-sub Ole Gunnar Solskjaer also came off United's bench and poked home another goal—this time in the 93rd minute.
A double-goal salvo in the last seconds of the Champions League final will surely not happen again for years to come.
You can see the highlights of all the goals above.
Craig Bellamy vs. Manchester United
Manchester United have been the victim of some late goals, too.
In 2009, the Manchester derby was a goal-fest and saw United 3-2 up with no time left in regular play.
Up stepped Craig Bellamy for Manchester City, who capitalised on a Rio Ferdinand mistake to race downfield and equalise in the 90th minute.
Cue wild celebrations from the City fans who thought they had rescued a point...
Michael Owen vs. Manchester City
Unfortunately, those celebrations by City were short-lived.
Some six minutes of added time were awarded at the end of the 90—Fergie time was kicking in at last.
Forgotten man Michael Owen was found with a superb pass, and he finished his chance as though he'd been playing in the form of his life.
Owen's goal came in the 96th minute, giving United a famous 4-3 victory over their noisy neighbours.
David Beckham vs. Greece
England's qualification campaign for the 2002 World Cup was a rocky road.
Facing Greece, England needed a draw to stand a chance of automatic qualification—their fans would expect nothing less.
After 90 minutes, Greece found themselves 2-1 ahead, but Teddy Sheringham had just won a free-kick 25 yards out.
Up stepped David Beckham and England had a national hero once more.
Geoff Hurst vs. West Germany
The 1966 World Cup final between West Germany and England was a result that shocked even England.
After 90 minutes, the two teams were deadlocked at 2-2, taking the game into extra time.
England took the lead through Geoff Hurst, whose shot struck the crossbar, bouncing down onto the goal line. The referee awarded a goal despite complaints from Germany that the ball didn't cross the line.
At the end of extra time, Germany were pressing hard for an equaliser when Hurst was left unmarked.
The England man sprinted down the pitch and lashed home a goal in the 90th minute to ensure the World Cup was won by England with a 4-2 scoreline.
Costinha vs. Manchester United
Jose Mourinho recounts his memories of this classic moment in the 2004 Champions League when Portuguese player Costinha levelled the scores against Manchester United in the 93rd minute of the game.
The result was a tie on the night, but it meant that United were dumped out of the Champions League on aggregate with FC Porto progressing.
Jose Mourinho's celebration became the stuff of legend.
Scott McDonald vs. Celtic
The Scottish Premier League title in 2005-06 went down to the final day.
A helicopter was on standby to take the trophy to Celtic or Rangers—depending on the results that came in.
I'll let the commentary tell the story.
Nayim vs. Arsenal
The last minute of a cup final is always a good time to score a goal.
When it's a 40-yard lob from the halfway line that wins the game, it's even better.
That's precisely what Nayim did for Real Zaragoza against Arsenal in the 1995 Cup Winners Cup final.
Michael Thomas vs. Liverpool
Liverpool vs. Arsenal 1989.
Both teams were vying for the title and Arsenal had to beat Liverpool by two clear goals to snatch the title from the Merseysiders.
With Arsenal winning 1-0 after 90 minutes, Liverpool looked set to claim another trophy before Michael Thomas bundled his way through into the penalty area in the 92nd minute.
The rest is history.
John Macken vs. Tottenham Hotspur
A 2004 FA Cup fourth-round replay saw Tottenham Hotspur take a commanding 3-0 lead against 10-man Manchester City.
Most teams would have given up at this point, but something stirred within the Manchester City side.
A Sylvain Distin header, an Anthony Gardner own goal and then a Shaun Wright-Phillips lob brought City level, before John Macken headed the 90th minute winner to complete the most amazing comeback.
Michael Owen vs. Arsenal
The 2001 FA Cup final is now affectionately known as the Michael Owen cup final.
With Arsenal taking the lead after 72 minutes, Michael Owen popped up to equalise in the 80th before going down in Liverpool history with his match-winning 88th minute strike.
Those were the days when he could run.
Andres Iniesta vs. Chelsea
Barcelona broke Chelsea hearts in the 2008-09 Champions League semifinal with a 92nd-minute strike from Andres Iniesta.
The goal gave Barcelona a crucial away goal and sent them through to the final, where they beat Manchester United.
Roman Abramovich is still waiting for that elusive Champions League trophy.
There are so many great last-minute strikes in history that it's sometimes hard to single out the extra-special ones.
Hopefully, the favourites are all in there for you, but let me know if there's a particular one you would have liked to have seen present.
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