Top 5 Tuesday: Last Minute Goals
In the Arab world, there's a piece of poetry that roughly translates to "You are beautiful like a winning goal in stoppage time". Last-minute goals are a big part of what makes this game beautiful.
Gotze's goals against Argentina in the 2014 World Cup
Aguero's goal that won Manchester City the title as I have mentioned that goal a couple of times before
5- Sergio Ramos Against Atletico Madrid - Champions League 2014
This goal practically led to four Champions League titles and not just one. Going into the final, Real Madrid had a chance to win their "La Decima" or their tenth Champions League title. After a Casillas mistake, Atletico scores a goal in the first half and goes on to defend and play on the counterattack.
After the 92nd minute in extra, and while the Atletico Madrid bench and crowd are preparing for the celebration, Modric plays a corner that Sergio Ramos heads into the goal against the current Real Madrid keeper Thibaut Courtois.
One of few goals to be remembered by the exact minute and second it was scored, 92:48. After that draw goal from Ramos, Bale scored the first of three Real Madrid goals in extra as Atletico was mentally destroyed.
That goal presented the turnaround for Madrid and instilled a fighting spirit in Europe. A spirit that can be credited to have led to the winning mentality that gave them a total of four Champions League titles in 5 years.
4- Iniesta's goal against Chelsea - Champions League Semi-Final 2009
Much like Ramos' goal, Iniesta's goal led Barcelona to have the first sextuple in football history. And was a cornerstone of the domination they'd go on to have in Europe for years later.
Chelsea was a solid team defensively against the mighty Barcelona in the first leg match, holding them to a 0-0 draw. In the second leg, they scored first forcing Barcelona into needing one goal to qualify to the final. Barcelona was also a man down after Abidal get a red card
After a bad clearance from Essien, Iniesta shoots the ball into the back of the net sending Barcelona to the final, which they won 2-0 against Manchester United. From there they went on to win the Sextuple.
3 - Nayim vs Arsenal - 1995 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup Final
Defending UEFA Cup Winners' Arsenal were going against Real Zaragoza. Real Zaragoza was a very respectable team at the time that was giving Barcelona and Real Madrid a run for their money.
After a 1-1 draw in the first 90 minutes. From a far distance, Nayim scored the goal you will see in the video above in the 120th minute giving Zaragoza the title. A killer goal in an impressive fashion.
2- Michael Thomas vs Liverpool - The League Title Decider in 1989
This goal isn't remembered a lot despite its historical ground. In the last match of the league, Liverpool was 3 points ahead of Arsenal. The two met in the last game with Arsenal needing 2 goals at least to win the title.
Until the last minute of the game, Arsenal was only 1 goal ahead. After a long ball, Michael Thomas scored the winner for Arsenal to give them the league title after 19 years of league title drought.
1- Teddy Sheringham and Ole Gunnar Solskjær Goals vs Bayern Munich - 1999 Champions League Final
You could count it as Solskjær alone, but for me, this is a double feature. Bayern Munich was a dominant team at the time, they got their lead early on and had many chances to end the game if it wasn't for Peter Schmeichel.
While chasing the score, Sir Alex brought in Teddy Sheringham in the 67th minute and then Solskjær in the 81st. Both would go on to score the draw and winner for Manchester United in the stoppage time.
The pair turned a loss into a win within a minute giving Manchester United a precious European title and started what we know now as "Fergie time".
That's my list. Let me know if you have any goals I missed and believe should be added to the list.