By News Team
13th May 2020
The fans’ desperation is starting to show as they roar their team up the pitch, but even though there are only a few seconds to go, there is still time for a hero to take centre stage…
In honour of those heroes, we’ve decided to take a look back at a handful of last-minute goals that will never be forgotten.
Sergio Aguero vs Queens Park Rangers
It’s the last day of the 2011-12 season and all Manchester City need to do is gain all three points against Queens Park Rangers to be crowned Premier League champions for the first time in their history, but what came next will never be forgotten…
With two minutes to play, QPR were leading 2-1 at the Etihad and as it stood, Manchester United were to be crowned champions once again. City, though, did not give in.
Edin Dzeko nodded in an equaliser in the 91st minute to give the fans hope. City kept pushing for the winner and the golden chance came when Mario Balotelli found Sergio Aguero in the QPR box. The Argentinian skipped past two challenges before unleashing a strike that found the back of the net.
Take it away Martin Tyler…
Teddy Sheringham & Ole Gunnar Solskjaer vs Bayern Munich
Manchester United were 1-0 down with only minutes to play in the 1999 Champions League final so Sir Alex Ferguson decided to throw on Teddy Sheringham and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer -but even the great man himself had no idea what was to come next…
In the 91st minute, a David Beckham corner found its way to Ryan Giggs on the edge of the area. Giggs scuffed a shot back in and there was Sheringham to help it find the back of the net.
United were level but they wanted more. The Premier League champions were awarded another corner in the 93rd minute. A fantastic delivery from Beckham was met by Sheringham, who flicked the ball towards goal and there was Solskjaer to prod into the roof of the net.
Somehow, United had done it, and they became the first English side to win the treble.
David Beckham vs Greece
Sven-Göran Eriksson was praying for a miracle with his side losing to Greece 2-1 in a World Cup qualifier in 2001. If England wanted to reach the 2002 World Cup, they had to score, otherwise they were heading for a play-off match against Ukraine.
With 60 seconds to play, England were awarded a free-kick about 30 yards out after Teddy Sheringham was fouled in the build-up. Everyone in the Old Trafford stadium and around the planet knew who was taking this; step forward David Beckham.
The Manchester United midfielder placed the ball down, took five steps back and whipped a perfect free-kick into the top left corner, sending the Three Lions faithful into pandemonium.
England were heading to Japan and South Korea.
Michael Thomas vs Liverpool
Second-placed Arsenal travelled to first-placed Liverpool on the final day of the 1988-89 season needing to win by two clear goals to overtake the Merseyside outfit and lift the English top-flight title.
Losing only 1-0 at this point and on course to retain their title, Liverpool players were signalling to each other that there were only 30 seconds left to play at Anfield – but they had to keep out a flurry of Arsenal attacks first.
Liverpool finally gave in after Lee Dixon’s long ball found Alan Smith, who flicked it on to Michael Thomas. Thomas raced into the penalty area, slipping the ball past the Liverpool keeper and into the back of the net to spark wild scenes in north London.
After an 18-year wait, Arsenal were champions of England once again.