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The Buzzer Beaters Of Football – Most Iconic Late Goals That Won Them All


The beauty of sport lies in the phrase “It’s not over till it’s over”. The drama of late finishes is what makes sport an entertainment industry. Here are the top 5 most Iconic Late goals of all time that won big games.

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Most Iconic Late Goals


The year was 1999. The stadium was Camp Nou. The opposition was Bayern Munich. The stage was the Champions League Final. The score was Bayern Munich 1- 0 Manchester United. Teddy Sheringham and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer were brought in off the bench by Sir Alex  Ferguson. With 3 minutes of stoppage time to go Sheringham drew United level by turning Ryan Gigg’s wayward shot into the net But history was yet to be written. Then it happened. “Into Sheringham….AND SOLSKJAER HAS WON IT!!”. The baby faced assassin had done it again. The super-sub had delivered. United had completed the treble. Take a bow Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Your name will be sung at Old Trafford for decades.


The year was 2010. The stadium was Soccer City – Johannesburg, South Africa. The opposition was the Netherlands. The stage was the Fifa World Cup final. The score was 0-0. The Dutchmen were a man down with Heitinga sent off in the 109th minute. Spain were pushing for the winner. Cometh the moment cometh the man. Fernando Torres’ cross was blocked by the defender. ” It’s broken for Fabregas…Now it’s Iniesta…THIS IS IT!! THAT’S THE GOAL!! SCORED!! AND SURELY, WON THE WORLD CUP!!!”. If Iniesta’s position as a legend of the game wasn’t secured already, it was now. The man had won his country its only ever World Cup. And he had done it in the 117th minute.              Legend Status: Secured.

#3. Balotelli….AGUEROOOOO!!!

The year was 2012. The stadium was the Etihad. The opposition was Queen Park Rangers. The stage was the deciding game of the 2011/12 Premier League season. United had won their game at Sunderland and City needed nothing but a win to win their first league title of the Premier League era. They trailed 2-1 at Sunderland. With the game entering 5 minutes of stoppage time, it seemed like City were headed for heartbreak.  Edin Dzeko pulled one back for City to level the game. The job was far from over. But when the going gets tough, the tough get going. “Balotelli…… AGUEROOOOOOOOOO!!!!”. Martin Tyler’s voice echoes throughout the world. Manchester City had done it. They had won the league. They had silenced their neighbors. And the most iconic line in commentary history was born that day. That one line encapsulates the joy and heartbreak of millions. It is undoubtedly one of the most iconic late goals in football history.

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The year was 2013. The stadium was Wembley. The opposition was Borussia Dortmund. The Stage was the Champions League final. The score was 1-1. Having missed a penalty in the final the previous year, Arjen Robben was a man on a mission. Time was running out as the game approached the 90th minute. “Robben is there…..ARJEN ROBBEN!! HAS SURELY WON IT FOR BAYERN MUNICH!!!!”.  Jurgen Klopp and Borrusia Dortmund were crushed. Their domestic rivals had triumphed once more. Bayern had completed the historic treble.

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The year was 2014. The stadium was Estadio da Luz. The opposition was Atletico Madrid. The stage was the Champions League finals. The score was Atletico Madrid 1-0 Real Madrid. Real Madrid had not won a Champions League in 12 years. This was a big deal for the record winners of the competition. They were looking for the elusive La Decima. Atletico were in search of their first-ever Champions League title…and they very nearly got it. But the higher the stakes, the bigger he delivers. “Modric takes….IT’S A HEADER FROM SERGIO RAMOS!!!!”. The clutch moment header had drawn Real Madrid level less than two minutes from full time. Madrid went on to win comfortably in extra time with Gareth Bale scoring the winner and Marcelo and Cristiano Ronaldo adding to the tally. But this game will always be remembered as the Sergio Ramos game. The prolific Spaniard had come up big for Los Blancos once again. La Decima was secured and Ramos’ legend status was solidified.

These are my personal top 5 most iconic late goals of modern football but there are plenty of other goals that have changed the course of history. It is this never say die attitude that separates the champions from the rest of the flock. These moments will be bookmarked in football history. The players involved will never be forgotten. Their legacy will live on forever.

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