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The term "last-minute goal" is used in sport, primarily association football (known as soccer in some countries), to describe a goal scored very late in a game. It may not necessarily refer to a goal scored in the actual final minute of regulation time. In association football, the definition of a "last-minute goal" commonly used is one scored either in the final or penultimate minute of regulation time or during the brief time added by the referee at the end of regulation time at the conclusion of a match known as stoppage time or injury time. This brief referee-added time should not be confused with the extra 30 minutes, consisting of two 15-minute periods, added at the end of regulation time known as overtime or extra time for a match that is tied and must be decided. Usually, a last-minute goal is considered noteworthy if it allows the scoring team to either take the lead in a game that had been tied so far, or to equalize a game that they had been losing so far (for example, in the UEFA Euro 2012 Final, which Spain won 4-0, the last goal happened in the 88th minute, but it was irrelevant to the final outcome of the match).
The "golden goal" briefly used to decide extra time in some tournaments is not considered a last-minute goal unless meeting the above criteria. Penalties scored in a shootout are never considered last-minute goals.
Notable last-minute goals
This list is not comprehensive, including notable goals from higher levels of national or international football.
Continental cup competition
- 1995 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup Final – Real Zaragoza vs. Arsenal, 10 May 1995: In the final minute of extra time (timed at 119:16), with the match heading to penalties, a spectacular 40-yard shot from Real Zaragoza's Nayim cleared Arsenal goalkeeper David Seaman, winning the cup for Zaragoza. Despite Nayim being at least 15 yards inside the Arsenal half and not being able to see it on camera, the goal is often incorrectly referred to as a goal from the half-way line.
- 1999 UEFA Champions League Final (and The Treble) – Manchester United vs. Bayern Munich, 26 May 1999: Arguably the most famous example, where United scored two last-minute goals against Bayern to clinch the trophy and the Treble. Bayern led 1–0 going into injury time, but goals from Teddy Sheringham and Ole Gunnar Solskjær turned the game on its head assisted by David Beckham's two lethally accurate corners and won the match for United. The goals, timed at 90:36 and 92:17, came so late that the trophy already had Bayern ribbons attached to it.
- 2008–09 UEFA Champions League semi-final – Chelsea vs. Barcelona, 6 May 2009: In one of the most controversial matches in recent memory, Chelsea went into the final minutes of the 2nd leg 1–0 up and on course to reach the final. Barcelona by their own high standards were poor on the night having failed to register a single shot on target. Chelsea had four penalty appeals turned down, and Barcelona had to play almost half an hour with ten men. Then, with the clock timed at 92:10, Andrés Iniesta scored for Barcelona to give them the crucial away goal that sent them to the final, and ultimately victory over Manchester United and The Treble.
- 2012–13 UEFA Champions League quarter-finals – Borussia Dortmund vs Malaga, 9 April 2013:After a goalless draw in the first leg, Malaga travelled to Westfalenstadion to face Borussia Dortmund in the second leg of the quarter finals. The game was heading into stoppage time after Eliseu had given Malaga a 2-1 lead in the 82nd minute when goals from Marco Reus & defender Felipe Santana sent Borussia Dortmund to the semi-final.
- 2013 UEFA Europa League Final – Benfica vs Chelsea, 15 May 2013: With the scoreline level at 1-1 into injury time and faced with the possibility of extra-time, Branislav Ivanovic scored the winning goal of the match with a header from a Juan Mata corner kick in the 92nd minute of the game to win the cup for the London club.
- 2013 UEFA Super Cup - FC Bayern Munich vs Chelsea, 30 August 2013: After two goals from Franck Ribèry and Fernando Torres sent the game into extra time, Eden Hazard scored an early goal in extra-time to give Chelsea the lead. As time ticked away, the game seemed to be set as a win for chelsea until a Dante freekick for Bayern bounced off of a Chelsea defender and into the path of Javi Martínez who slotted the ball past Petr Čech. This sent the game into a penalty shoot-out that Bayern Munich won 5–4, handing them their and Germany's first ever UEFA Super Cup.
- 1979 FA Cup Final – Arsenal vs. Manchester United, 12 May 1979: In this match, known as "the five-minute final", Arsenal were beating United 2–0 with five minutes remaining, but United then drew level by scoring two goals in two minutes. However, their celebrations were short-lived when Alan Sunderland scored Arsenal's winning goal just a minute later.
- 1993 FA Cup Final replay – Arsenal vs. Sheffield Wednesday, 20 May 1993: With the first 1993 FA Cup final between Arsenal and Sheffield Wednesday ending in a 1–1 draw, the same scoreline stood in extra time during the replay. However, the 119th minute saw Arsenal defender Andy Linighan outjump Wednesday's Mark Bright to head in the winning goal. Linighan played most of the match with a broken nose, having been deliberately stuck in the face earlier in the match by Bright, and his winner made Arsenal the first English side to win the domestic cup double.
- 2002 Scottish Cup Final – Celtic vs. Rangers, 4 May 2002: With Old Firm rivals Celtic and Rangers drawing 2–2 in second-half stoppage time, Neil McCann sent in a far post cross for Peter Løvenkrands to nod the ball over Celtic goalkeeper Robert Douglas from close range to win the cup for Rangers. The goal came with less than eleven seconds left to play, barely giving Celtic enough time to take the resulting kick-off from the centre.
- 2006 FA Cup Final – Liverpool vs. West Ham United, 13 May 2006: West Ham were leading 3–2 going into injury time, but Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard scored what proved to be the Goal of the Season with a tremendous 30-yard strike, timed at 90:08. Liverpool went on to win the match on penalties.
- 2013 FA Cup Final - Manchester City vs. Wigan Athletic, 11 May 2013: Manchester City, in second place in the Premier League, was highly favored over Wigan, facing relegation from the League with only two games left to improve their record. The teams were tied 0-0 going in to stoppage time, but Wigan midfielder Ben Watson scored with a superb header in the 91st minute (time 90:09) to give Wigan the FA Cup trophy in a 1-0 victory over Manchester City. This game was the first time Wigan had won the FA Cup and was one of the biggest final upsets in the tournament's history. Wigan was, in fact, relegated at the conclusion of the 2012-13 season, the first time in FA Cup history (since the beginning of FA Cup competition in 1871-72) that this has happened to the FA Cup winner in the same season.
- 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.
- 2012–13 Football League One - Brentford F.C vs. Doncaster Rovers, 27 April 2013: Brentford and Doncaster Rovers went into the final game of the League One season with both sides needing to win to secure promotion to the Football League Championship. Doncaster were in the second automatic promotion spot before the game, with Brentford in third. A draw at full-time would have been enough to see Doncaster promoted. In the 94th minute of the game, Brentford were awarded a penalty, which was taken by Marcello Trotta, on loan from Fulham F.C. The penalty was missed, hitting the crossbar, and after a goalmouth scramble, was cleared to Billy Paynter who ran down field, crossing the ball to James Coppinger who tapped the ball into an empty net in the 96th minute of the game, securing a 1-0 win, Doncaster's promotion to the Championship and consigning Brentford to the play-offs.
- 2012–13 Football League Championship - Watford F.C. vs. Leicester City, 12 May 2013: Leicester won the first match at home with 1-0, and with the score 2-1 to Watford, the game was heading to overtime. But in the 96' minute, Leicester were given a penalty, after a foul on Anthony Knockaert. However, Watford goalkeeper Manuel Almunia saved Knockaert's penalty and the following rebound. Watford gained hold of the ball and started a counterattack. A cross was swung in to Leicester's penalty area, Jonathan Hogg headed the ball down, and Troy Deeney thumped it in with a half volley to seal the victory for Watford on aggregate. The goal was timed at 96:52.
- 2013 Major League Soccer season - San Jose Earthquakes vs. LA Galaxy, 29 June 2013: Classic California Clasico between these two rivals in a sold out Stanford Stadium at capacity 65,000. LA Galaxy had a 2-0 lead with goals scored by Marcelo Sarvas in the 20th minute and Cal alumni Hector Jimenez in the 65th minute. Not long after from a cross by Shea Salinas, forward Alan Gordon, who was substituted on, was able to header a goal in the 67th minute. In the 77th minute Honduran international Victor Bernardez was given a controversial red card. With San Jose a man down, going into the final stages of the game the LA galaxy were leading 2-1. From a long throw in and a deflection off Carlo Cudicini, Shea Salinas was able to slot a shot past the keeper in stoppage time 91:27 to tie the game at 2-2. Not long after that, in the final minutes of stoppage time midfielder Sam Cronin chip a cross from the edge of the 18 to the far post for Alan Gordon who was able to manage to score the game winner in stoppage time, recorded at 92:50. As Gordon is celebrating the sell out crowd at Stanford Stadium erupts in jubilation at seeing one the the most remarkable comebacks and greatest rivalry game in MLS history. San Jose managed to do the unthinkable and not only score two stoppage time goals, but also manage to win with a man down. 
- 1992 Summer Olympics final - Poland vs. Spain, August 8, 1992: with the game tied 2-2, Kiko scored the winning goal for Spain in the 90th minute.
- 1994 FIFA World Cup qualification UEFA Group 6 - France vs. Bulgaria, 17 November 1993: In the last game of Group 6, played at the Parc des Princes, France needed only a draw to qualify, while Bulgaria had to win. The game was tied 1-1 when Emil Kostadinov scored the winning goal for Bulgaria in the last second of regular time (89:59), and Bulgaria qualified at the expense of France.
- 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 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 in 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 counterattack, 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.
- 2012 London Olympics - USA vs. Canada Alex Morgan headed past Erin Mcleod in the 123rd minute of play with the score leveled at 3-3 with a hat trick from Christine Sinclair for Canada. The goal sent the USA to the gold medal match to face the reigning world cup champions, Japan.
The last-minute goal is often used in fiction due to the dramatic nature and possibility for a cliffhanger ending. It was used frequently in the television football drama Dream Team, with the show finishing at the end of its final series on a fictional last-minute goal for Harchester United to win the Premier League. The real-life last-minute goal, scored by Michael Thomas, was used as a plot device in the novel Fever Pitch by Nick Hornby and subsequent films of the same name. In the film Mike Bassett: England Manager, England score a last-minute winner against old rivals Argentina (which parodies both the Hand of God and Maradona's Goal of the Century which were scored against England) to save Bassett's job. In addition to this, a last-minute goal by Luxembourg against Turkey allows Bassett's England to qualify for the World Cup.
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