Manchester City were crowned top-flight champions for the first time in 44 years yesterday, snatching the Premier League title from local rivals Manchester United with two injury-time goals against Queens Park Rangers from Edin Dzeko and Sergio Aguero.
If you’ve recovered sufficiently from the nerve-shredding tension and ensuing bedlam of yesterday’s nail-biting finish, here are five more massive injury-time goals from down the years, which turned games on their heads and forged footballing heroes…
Michael Thomas 1988/89 Football League First Division decider Arsenal 2-0 Liverpool
26 May 1989: First Division title contenders Arsenal and Liverpool met in the final game of the season at Anfield, with the Gunners needing to win by two goals to be crowned champions. Any other result would mean an 18th top-flight title for the Merseysiders. Arsenal were 1-0 up (commentator Brian Moore having uttered those immortal words “It’s up for grabs now!”) in the final minute of injury time when Michael Thomas broke through the Liverpool defence to score their second, clocked at 91:22. Cue ecstatic writhing…
Dennis Bergkamp 1998 FIFA World Cup quarter-final Netherlands 2-1 Argentina
4 July 1998: as extra time approached in the 1998 World Cup quarter-final, Holland’s Frank de Boer launched an inch-perfect last-ditch cross the length of the field to striker Dennis Bergkamp. He brought it down with his first touch, flicked it around the Argentine defender with his second and curled it past the keeper with his third, knocking Argentina out of the cup and taking The Netherlands to their first World Cup semi-final in 20 years. Only Bergkamp can do this…
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer 1999 UEFA Champions League Final Manchester United 2-1 Bayern Munich
26 May 1999: Six minutes into the match, Mario Basler tucked away a free kick to put the German champions 1-0 up against United. They maintained that lead until the 90th minute, when a goal by Teddy Sheringham paved the way for super-sub Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s 93rd-minute winner, which clinched the treble for United…
Steven Gerrard 2006 FA Cup Final Liverpool 3-3 West Ham United
13 May 2006: As the clock hit 90 minutes, West Ham were 3–2 up and preparing to lift the cup. Eight seconds later, Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard’s 30-yard screamer hit the back of the net, taking the game into extra-time before the Merseysiders clinched it in a penalty shoot-out.
Andrés Iniesta 2008/09 UEFA Champions League semi-final second leg Chelsea 1-1 Barcelona
6 May 2009: Following a 0-0 draw at Camp Nou in the first leg, Chelsea were 1-0 up against Barcelona on the night and heading into the Champions League final. As the clock passed the 90-minute mark, Barcelona broke forward, Andrés Iniesta thumping in Lionel Messi’s cut-back from just outside the penalty area. Barca were through to the final against Manchester United thanks to the away goals rule, and destined to clinch their own Treble-winning season…