Five of the best… Dramatic late goals

Kieran Beckles
By Kieran Beckles

Michael Owen broke thousands of hearts in the blue half of Manchester at around 3.30pm on Sunday afternoon.

His winner deep into injury time snatched all three points for the home side while deflating Mark Hughes and his expensively assembled squad. The goal was timed at 95 minutes and 26 seconds. It brought to an end another enthralling Premier League encounter.

TSR takes a look at five of the most dramatic late strikes from the last decade.

5. West Ham United had taken an unlikely 2-0 lead in the 2006 FA Cup Final. Any talk of Liverpool easing to a seventh cup success was soon quashed thanks to an own goal from Jamie Carragher and a Dean Ashton strike.

Djibril Cisse and Steven Gerrard had levelled affairs before Paul Konchesky’s cross drifted over the head of the despairing Pepe Reina. Approaching 90 minutes and with the fourth official raising his board for added time it looked like a lost cause for Liverpool. That was before the Reds’ captain produced another Gerrard special.

4. Arsenal had been dominant throughout the 2001 FA Cup Final. Liverpool were resigned to hitting their opponents on the counter attack. The defensive duo of Sami Hypia and Stephane Henchoz managed to keep Arsenal at bay until Freddie Ljungberg scored 19 minutes from the end.

The trophy seemed destined to be heading back to Highbury. That was until Michael Owen left his mark on the 2001 final.

3. The semi finals of the 1998 World Cup Finals saw the Netherlands meet Argentina. It was the meeting of two great footballing nations who were infamous for their memorising football. Some of the world’s greatest talents were on display.

Neither side disappointed as it soon became one of the matches of the tournament. With extra time on the horizon and the scores level at 1-1, Dennis Bergkamp produced one of the most memorable goals in World Cup history on 89 minutes.

2. It has been dubbed the greatest match of the Premier League era. Kevin Keegan’s Newcastle had travelled to Liverpool still in hot pursuit of an inaugural league title. Meanwhile Liverpool were harbouring title ambitions of their own. It provided the perfect recipe for a Premiership classic with Stan Collymore having the final say.

1. This list wouldn’t be complete without one of the most famous late stikes of all time. Not just a late strike, but a late comeback. Bayern Munich were minutes away from lifting the Champions League trophy. However they didn’t count on Manchester United’s super subs poaching two very late goals in injury time.

It completed one of the most unlikely comebacks of all time and left Ole Gunnar Solskjaer eternally in the hearts of United fans.

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