If you’re lucky enough to score a goal, it could be the difference between winning and losing the game.
Occasionally, the underdog makes a stunning comeback in the midst of a brilliant moment of brilliance.
Even while all goals are important, some goals have the power to influence the course of history.
Here are some of the most memorable goals in the history of the game, from Sergio Aguero’s last-second winner in 2012 to Diego Maradona’s ‘hand-of-god’ strike against England in the 1986 World Cup.
6. Clint Hill, Bolton v QPR, 2012
Relegation battles between Bolton and Rangers took place at the Reebok Stadium and the visitors could have taken the lead when Hill’s header was clawed out by Adam Bogdan.
Bolton went on to win the game 2-1 after the refs’ call was blatantly incorrect.
5. Reading v Watford – John Eustace – 2008
Eustace’s block went wide of his own goal before Noel Hunt returned it to play, but assistant referee Nigel Bannister flagged for a goal and referee Stuart Attwell awarded it.
Known as the ghost goal.
4. Steven Gerrard v AC Milan – 2005 Champions League Final
You know about the 2005 Champions League final in Istanbul.
Rafa Benitez led a resolute Liverpool side to the final against probably AC Milan‘s best ever side.
By halftime, Liverpool was 3-0 behind and facing an ugly defeat. Steven Gerrard opened Liverpool’s account in the second half.
Liverpool then scored two goals in six minutes to tie the game.
On penalties, Liverpool won. Steven Gerrard’s 51st-minute goal transformed the game.
3. Andres Iniesta’s World Cup final goal against the Netherlands
When Spain entered the 2010 World Cup, they believed it was their greatest chance to win football’s top prize.
La Roja had a magnificent squad and hoped to go down as one of the best teams in football history.
Spain battled to beat the Netherlands in the World Cup final until Andres Iniesta scored in the 116th minute.
2. Sergio Ramos heads Real Madrid into extra time
The Real-Atletico Madrid Derby is always huge. A Champions League final multiplies pressure, intensity, and excitement.
Atletico Madrid led 1-0 in the 93rd minute of the Champions League final and appeared to win. Real won a corner.
Sergio Ramos overtake his opponent, jumped high, caught the ball wonderfully, and narrowly beat Thibaut Courtois.
After Ramos’ goal, Real Madrid dominated their opponents in extra time, winning 4-1 thanks to goals from Bale, Marcelo, and Cristiano Ronaldo.
1. Mario Gotze’s goal in the World Cup final against Argentina
Joachim Low replaced Miroslav Klose with Mario Gotze in the 88th minute, saying, “Show the world you’re better than Messi and can win the World Cup.”
The German did it. “German Messi” scored in the 113th minute to win his country’s first major international prize since 1996.
Gotze’s goal in the second half of the World Cup final helped Low’s Germany win a major international trophy after years of tight misses.