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International

  • 1998 FIFA World Cup quarter-final – Netherlands vs. Argentina, 4 July 1998: The quarter-final between Argentina and Netherlands looked to be heading for extra-time until Dennis Bergkamp netted a 90th minute winner from a 60-yard (55 m) pass by Frank de Boer to take the Dutch into the World Cup semi-finals for the first time in twenty years.
  • 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification UEFA Group 9 – England vs. Greece, 6 October 2001: David Beckham's 93rd-minute (92:43) free-kick levelled the game at 2–2 and ensured that England qualified for the 2002 World Cup as group winners.
  • UEFA Euro 2004 – Group B – France vs. England, 13 June 2004: The defending champions and heavy favourites France faced England at the Estádio da Luz in the group stage with England surprisingly going 1–0 up on the 38th minute courtesy of a Frank Lampard header. The goal ended France's run of 11 matches without conceding – a clean sheet lasting a total of 1,077 minutes. Almost 30 minutes into the second half, a penalty kick was awarded to England after France full back Mikaël Silvestre fouled a young Wayne Rooney inside the penalty area. England captain David Beckham subsequently had his spot kick was saved by Fabien Barthez. The miss ultimately proved decisive as France captain Zinedine Zidane scored a free kick after a foul given away by Emile Heskey, to score a dramatic injury time equalizer on the 91st minute. More drama was to follow however; straight after resuming play, England midfielder Steven Gerrard made a poor backpass which was intercepted by Thierry Henry, who charged forward with the ball before being brought down by England goalkeeper David James inside the England penalty area. Zidane stepped up to fire home the 93rd-minute penalty to register an injury time brace and give France a memorable 2–1 victory.
  • 2006 FIFA World Cup semi-final – Germany vs. Italy, 4 July 2006: The game was even at 0–0 and looked set to be heading to a penalty shootout when, in the last minute of extra-time, Fabio Grosso scored for Italy. As Germany pushed for a quick equaliser, they allowed Italy to counter attack, and Alessandro Del Piero added a second to give Italy a 2–0 win and send them through the final, and eventual World Cup glory. Italy also won their first knockout-round match against Australia with a last minute penalty from Francesco Totti.
  • UEFA Euro 2008 – Turkey: A number of vital last-minute goals defined Turkey's progression through the tournament, with the Turks leading games for only nine total minutes up to the semi-finals. Versus Switzerland in Group A, an injury time (92nd) minute goal by Arda Turan kept the Turks in the tournament. In the subsequent group decider against the Czech Republic, Turkey came back from 2–0 down to win 3–2 with a last minute (89th) winner by Nihat Kahveci. In the quarter-final match versus Croatia, Ivan Klasnić scored in the last minute of normal extra-time (119th) and looked to have booked Croatia's place in the semi-finals but once again with the last kick of added time (123rd), Semih Şentürk of Turkey levelled the score at 1–1 to take the game into penalties, which Turkey won 3–1. Ironically, a last minute (90th) goal by Philipp Lahm of Germany subsequently eliminated Turkey 3–2 in the semi-final.
  • 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification CONCACAF fourth round – United States vs. Costa Rica, 14 October 2009: On the final day of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying, Costa Rica needed to win against the United States to qualify (the U.S. had already qualified) and force Honduras into the CONCACAF-CONMEBOL playoff against Uruguay. Honduras had to win and hope for a United States win or draw to qualify. Honduras won their match against El Salvador by 1-0; at the same time, the Costa Ricans were winning 2-1. However, referee Benito Archundia ordered five minutes of stoppage time because Costa Rican manager René Simoes, who had been sent off, refused to leave the pitch. The game was delayed while police were called in to escort Simoes off the pitch. At 94:40, Jonathan Bornstein scored off of a corner kick for the United States. The game ended 2-2, meaning Honduras qualified on goal difference. Costa Rica, who were twenty seconds away from qualifying, faced Uruguay in the inter-confederation playoff, which Uruguay eventually won.
  • 2010 FIFA World Cup Group C – United States vs. Algeria, 23 June 2010: The United States needed to win their final Group C match as England were beating Slovenia 1-0 in the other match. As things stood, England would win the group and Slovenia would go through at the United States' expense, but Landon Donovan slotted the ball home in the first minute of stoppage time to sent the United States to the top of the group, while Slovenia were eliminated.
  • 2011 FIFA U-17 World Cup semi-final – Mexico vs. Germany, 7 July 2011: Mexico and Germany were tied with only 1 minute left before injury time, Julio Gómez, who earlier in the match collided his head with German forward Samed Yeşil, who both missed the ball as Jorge Espericueta curled the ball into the net from a corner, scored the winning goal for Mexico from a corner with a bicycle kick which hit the bottom-right post and went in. With this goal, Mexico went on to beat Germany in the semi-finals and clinched the title after beat Uruguay in the final.
  • 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup quarter-final – United States vs. Brazil, 10 July 2011: Brazil was winning 2 to 1, but in the second minute of injury time, Abby Wambach scored to tie up the game 2-2. The United States won the following penalty shootout. Wambach's goal not only saved the United States from elimination, but also prevented their worst ever finish at the Women's World Cup. The feat was all the more impressive considering that the United States had played half of the match with ten players following the controversial sending off of Rachel Buehler. Ironically, the United States were defeated in the final by Japan in almost identical fashion, when Homare Sawa scored with three minutes remaining to tie the game at 2-2 and win the game in a penalty shootout for Japan to win the Women's World Cup for the first time.
  • UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying Group G – Montenegro vs. England, 7 October 2011: Andrija Delibašić scored on 90:15 to equalise 2-2 against England and clinch a play-off spot for Montenegro, in only their second major tournament and first European championship qualification round as a nation.

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