Last-minute Goal - Notable Last-minute Goals - Domestic League

Domestic League

  • 1988–89 Football League First Division decider – Liverpool vs. Arsenal, 26 May 1989: The final goal in the final minute of the final game of the season won Arsenal the First Division title. Arsenal had to beat championship rivals Liverpool by two clear goals or more to win the title; any other result would mean an eighteenth title for Liverpool. Arsenal, the away team, lead 1–0 at 90 minutes, and in the last minute of injury-time (91:22), Michael Thomas ran through the Liverpool defence and scored a dramatic goal to win the title for the Gunners. This match is often remembered for commentator Brian Moore's famous phrase "It's up for grabs now!" as Thomas ran through to score.
  • 1996-97 Ekstraklasa – Legia Warsaw vs. Widzew Łódź, 18 June 1997: Going into the penultimate match of the season; Widzew was one point ahead of Legia. In the 87th minute Warsaw led 2-0, when Sławomir Majak scored. Three minutes later Dariusz Gęsior equalized with a header. Just one minute later Legia managed to score, but the referee disallowed the goal. Finally, in 90+2' Andrzej Michalczuk made it to 3-2 to Widzew. Thanks to this incredible comeback, Widzew defended the title and won for the fourth time in the history of Polish Ekstraklasa.
  • 1998–99 Football League Third Division - Carlisle United vs. Plymouth Argyle, 8 May 1999: The final match of the 1998-99 third division season and a notable occurrence of a goalkeeper scoring an important last minute goal. With ten seconds remaining, Carlisle goalkeeper Jimmy Glass scored from a corner, keeping Carlisle in business and in the Football League. It was rated seventh in the Times' "50 Most Important Goals" and 72nd in Channel 4's 100 Greatest Sporting Moments.
  • 1998-99 Football League Second Division play-off Final - Manchester City vs. Gillingham, 30 May 1999: Having finished third and fourth in the league respectively, Manchester City and Gillingham had qualified for the play-offs and, after winning their respective semi-finals, faced each other in the final to compete for promotion to the First Division. Neither team could find the net until late on in the second half, when Carl Asaba burst into the City penalty area in the 81st minute and punted the ball high into the net. Then in the 87th minute, Gillingham doubled their lead as Bob Taylor scored Gillingham's second. However, in the 90th minute, City's Kevin Horlock ran onto a loose ball outside the box and smashed a shot through a crowd of players to bring the score to 2-1. Then, on 90+5 minutes, the ball was fed in to Paul Dickov in the Gillingham penalty area, who, falling backwards, managed to lever a shot over the sliding challenge of Adrian Pennock, which rocketed into the top corner. No more goals were scored in extra-time, so the match went to penalties, where Manchester City won 3–1. City keeper Nicky Weaver saved two of Gillingham's penalties. Dickov and Vince Bartram, Gillingham's keeper and Dickov's best man, swapped shirts at the end of the match.
  • 2000–01 Fußball-Bundesliga – Hamburg vs. Bayern Munich, 19 May 2001: The final day of the Bundesliga season saw Bayern Munich in the lead to Schalke by three points. Due to their inferior goal difference, Bayern needed at least a draw at their match at Hamburger SV to secure the championship, while Schalke faced SpVgg Unterhaching at home and managed to win 5–3. In the 90th minute of the Bayern match, a goal by Sergej Barbarez put Hamburg 1–0 up and, believing that Schalke had won their first Bundesliga championship for over forty years, Schalke fans ran onto the pitch to celebrate the title even though the match in Hamburg still wasn't over. In the third minute of extra time, Hamburg goalkeeper Mathias Schober - who ironically was on loan from Schalke for the second half of the season - picked up an alleged back pass with his hands and referee Markus Merk awarded an indirect free-kick for Bayern about eight metres from the Hamburg goal. Bayern defender Patrik Andersson shot the ball through the wall of Hamburg defenders into the net making Bayern the league champions for the 17th time in club history. Schalke would later be dubbed 'champion of hearts' due to their close loss of Bundesliga title they believed to have already won.
  • 2004–05 Scottish Premier League – Motherwell vs. Celtic, 25 May 2005: The final day of the Scottish Premier League season saw Celtic and their Old Firm rivals Rangers battling it out for the league title. Both teams were winning their respective matches; Celtic were 1–0 up against Motherwell at Fir Park whilst Rangers were winning 1–0 against Hibernian at Easter Road. As things stood, Celtic would win the SPL title by just two points, but Motherwell striker Scott McDonald scored an unlikely equaliser in the 88th minute. This meant that Rangers would win the title as long as they beat Hibernian. Then, less than two minutes later, as Celtic pushed forward to try to salvage the title, McDonald was able to score again and give Motherwell a 2–1 win. Rangers hung on to win and were crowned champions, winning by a single point. Ironically, McDonald signed for Celtic two years later and helped them to win the title in the 2007–08 season.
  • 2006–07 Scottish First Division – Ross County vs. Gretna, 28 April 2007: The final day of the Scottish First Division season saw Gretna and St. Johnstone battling it out for the league title, and promotion to the Scottish Premier League. Having been 12 points clear of St. Johnstone with five games to play, a four-game winless streak had seen Gretna's lead cut down to just one point. Michael Gardyne blasted County into the lead from the edge of the box on 30 minutes, but Nicky Deverdics replied four minutes later from close range and James Grady then broke clear to put Gretna 2-1 ahead. Diarmuid O'Carroll bundled in four minutes into the second half to make it 2-2. With St. Johnstone having won their final match of the season, Gretna knew that they had to win otherwise St. Johnstone would be promoted to the SPL. In the 90th minute, when, in an extremely dramatic finish, Grady broke clear and fired home to win Gretna the match and their third consecutive league title (having won the Third Division in 2005 and the Second Division in 2006), and with it, promotion to the SPL at St. Johnstone's expense. The result also relegated Ross County to the Second Division. Gretna's promotion victory was all the more amazing considering the fact that they had been playing Non-League football in England just six years earlier.
  • 2006–07 La Liga – Real Zaragoza vs. Real Madrid, 10 June 2007: In the penultimate match of the season, Real Madrid were second in the table, losing 2–1 against Zaragoza and Barcelona in first, winning 2–1 against Espanyol, both in the 88th minute. In a turn of events, Ruud van Nistelrooy scored the equaliser at La Romareda. 17 seconds later, Raúl Tamudo also levelled for Espanyol at Camp Nou, claiming the title for Madrid.
  • 2007–08 Premier League – Manchester City vs. Fulham, 26 April 2008: Going into this game, Fulham found themselves on the brink of relegation and knew anything less than a win and they would surely have no chance of staying up. At half time they were 2-0 down and mathematically relegated thanks to results elsewhere. However, the introduction of much maligned striker Diomansy Kamara sparked an incredible fightback by the cottagers. In the 70th minute he pulled one back before Danny Murphy converted a rebounded penalty to make it 2-2 with 10 minutes remaining. Kamara then fired a 92nd minute winner to give Fulham an incredible 3-2 win, which proved to be the catalyst for a late survival bid that saw them win their final two games and remain in the league on goal difference.
  • 2007–08 Persian Gulf Cup – Persepolis vs. Sepahan, 17 May 2008: Persepolis won the 2007–08 Persian Gulf Cup in the final game of the season at the Azadi Stadium after Sepehr Heidari scored a header, timed at 90+6', to give them a 2–1 result against Sepahan. Persepolis needed to win this final game of the season at home to win the title, while eventual runners-up Sepahan only needed to avoid defeat to win the league instead.
  • 2009–10 Israeli Premier League – Beitar Jerusalem vs. Hapoel Tel Aviv, 15 May 2010: To win the title, Hapoel had to win their final match of the season in the stadium of their great rivals, while Maccabi Haifa also had to drop points against Bnei Yehuda. Both matches were tied at 1–1 going into stoppage time, but Hapoel's Eran Zahavi scored in the 92nd minute to win the match and the title for his team.
  • 2011 A-League Grand Final, 13 March 2011: The game to decide the Australian champions was goalless in the first 90 minutes. In the first half of extra time, the Central Coast Mariners scored two goals to seemingly clinch the title. However, Brisbane Roar scored two goals in three minutes, including one with almost the last kick of the match, to draw level and send the game to penalties. Brisbane then went on to win 4–2 on penalties.
  • 2010–11 Premier League – Arsenal vs. Liverpool, 17 April 2011: Due to Jamie Carragher's concussion injury earlier in the game, there were to be eight minutes of added time. With 90+8' minutes of the game gone, many fans had already left the ground when Arsenal won a penalty for Liverpool's Jay Spearing foul on Cesc Fàbregas in the penalty area. Robin van Persie slotted home. However, the game proceeded and on 90+10', Liverpool were awarded a free kick on the edge of the box. Luis Suárez hit the wall and as the ball knocked around in the box, Emmanuel Eboué tripped over Lucas Leiva to give away another penalty, which was slotted home by Dirk Kuyt on 90+12'. Kuyt's goal was the latest goal ever scored in the Football League or Premier League in 123 years.
  • 2011-12 A-League – Brisbane Roar vs. Sydney, 14 January 2012: Sydney led away at Suncorp Stadium since the 39th minute of the match. Brisbane were just starting to find the feet again after having their record breaking undefeated ended by Sydney the round previous. Five minutes of additional time were added onto the end of the match and in the 93' minute Brisbane were awarded a free kick which was slotted home by Sayed Mohamed Adnan. Then with virtually no time left on the clock and with the last attack of the game Brisbane clinched the winner through a Besart Berisha header.
  • 2012 A-League Grand Final – Brisbane Roar vs. Perth Glory, 22 April 2012: In the A-League Grand Final Brisbane sought to become the first back-to-back champions after their dramatic victory in the previous season's final. In front of a packed out Suncorp Stadium, the first half ended goalless, however Perth received the lead in the 51' minute thanks to an Ivan Franjic own goal. Brisbane proceeded to hurl attack after attack at the Perth defense and finally in the 84' minute, Besart Berisha equalized with a stunning header thanks to an assist from Thomas Broich. The game seemed destined for extra time when, in the very last play of the game, Besart Berisha weaved through the Perth defense before attempting a shot on goal, but taking an air swing. In controversial circumstances referee Jared Gillett awarded a penalty to the home side. Berisha calmly slotted the penalty and Brisbane were champions again.
  • 2011–12 Premier League – Manchester City vs. Queen's Park Rangers, 13 May 2012: Manchester City and Manchester United went into the final game of the season level on points, though City had the superior goal difference by 8. With five minutes added to the total of 90 minutes, and QPR having a lead of 1–2 with 10 men, most of City fans lost their hopes since Manchester United were leading against Sunderland, Manchester City won a corner on 90+2 minutes. David Silva stepped up to take the crucial corner and as he sent the ball into the middle, Edin Džeko scored a header to equalise the game. Two minutes passed without any kind of important goal attempts and right before the last extra minute in the added time, Sergio Agüero attempted a one-two with Mario Balotelli, and after getting the ball in his feet back again, Agüero got past Nedum Onuoha and drove the ball into the back of the net as City triumphed in their campaign. Dzeko's headed goal occurred at 91:15 and Aguero's goal at 93:20 - the latter just 13 seconds after Manchester United's match against Sunderland had concluded at the Stadium of Light.

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