Last-minute goal

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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.

Last-minute goals are often noteworthy if it allows the scoring team to either take the lead in a game that had been tied so far, or to equalise 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). Also, the last-minute goals are vital if teams that score either continue its momentum and advance further through a tournament or perhaps even eliminate a team from the tournament.

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[edit]

This list of last-minute goals includes notable goals from higher levels of national or international football among major tournaments and qualifying matches.

Continental cup competition[edit]

  • 1995 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup FinalReal 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 halfway line.[1]
  • 2003–04 UEFA Champions League Group G - Sparta Prague vs Lazio, 9 December 2003: Marek Kincl scored three minutes into stoppage time as Czech club Sparta Prague qualified for the Round of 16 of the Champions League with a 1-0 victory. The goal proved costly for Lazio, as it was the highest seeded club to miss out on European competition after Christmas with a UEFA coefficient of 106.155.
  • 2004–05 UEFA Cup First RoundStandard Liege: After a scoreless first leg, Belgian club Standard Liege traveled to Ruhrstadion to face VfL Bochum on September 30, 2004. The Belgian club trailed 1-0 on aggregate when Jorge Curbelo scored in the second minute of stoppage time as the club got the away goal it needed to deny Bochum a trip to the UEFA Cup group stage. Standard Liege's second game in the group stage came on November 25, 2004 and the club also won on a late goal, as Michel Garbini Pereira scored four minutes into stoppage time to give Standard Liege a 2-1 victory.
  • 2005-06 UEFA Champions League First qualifying round - Zrinjski Mostar vs F91 Dudelange, 20 July 2005: Luxembourgish champions Dudelange became the first club from the country to reach the next phase of a European club competition in over four decades, and it started with a goal from Thomas Gruszczyński three minutes into stoppage time. That goal forced extra time as aggregate was tied at 1-1, and Gruszczyński would be one of three goalscorers during the extra time as Dudelange won the second leg 4-0 in Mostar, Bosnia-Herzegovina.
  • 2005-06 UEFA Cup Group Stage - Group EStrasbourg vs Red Star Belgrade, 14 December 2005: Serbian club Red Star Belgrade needed a win at Strasbourg to qualify for the Round of 32 and were on course to do so after leading 2-0 with less than half an hour to play. Strasbourg came back in the final 16 minutes as Kevin Gameiro scored twice for Strasbourg - the latter came four minutes into stoppage time and the 2-2 draw eliminated the Serbian club from the UEFA Cup.
  • 2005-06 UEFA Cup Group Stage - Group FHeerenveen vs Levski, 14 December 2005: The Dutch club headed into its final UEFA Cup group stage game with only two draws and no goals scored and had to defeat Levski Sofia to overtake Dinamo Bucharest (who played at Marseille) and reigning tournament champions CSKA Moscow (who had finished all four of its group stage games). Heerenveen trailed 1-0 after 53 minutes but tied two minutes later. The Dutch club was second from elimination - until Andre Hanssen drilled a low show that gave Heerenveen the 2-1 victory it needed. Coupled with a 2-1 loss for Dinamo Bucharest 2-1, Heerenveen qualified for the Round of 32.
  • 2005-06 UEFA Cup - Middlesbrough: English club Middlesbrough reached the 2006 UEFA Cup final on the strength of two last-minute goals that overturned 3-0 aggregate deficits. On April 6, Middlesbrough began its second leg trailing 2-0 on aggregate and a vital goal from Basel made it 3-0 on aggregate. Mark Viduka scored twice and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink to level the series on aggregate, but Middlesbrough still trailed by virtue of away goals. Massimo Maccarone completed the comeback, and Middlesbrough went to the semi-final. A similar situation unfolded nearly three weeks later on April 27, when Middlesbrough headed into its second leg trailing 1-0 to Steaua Bucharest. Middlesbrough allowed two goal in 24 minutes and trailed 3-0 on aggregate. Maccarone scored in the 33rd minute. As was the case against Basel, Middlesbrough leveled on aggregate with goals from Viduka and Chris Riggott, but still trailed on aggregate. Maccarone scored late once again, this time in the 89th minute, to hand the home fans at Riverside Stadium another memorable comeback.
  • 2006-07 UEFA Cup group stage Group C - AZ Alkmaar vs Sevilla, 14 December 2006: Georgia international Shota Arveladze had one of his best seasons in Europe, helping AZ Alkmaar reach the quarter-finals of the 2006-07 UEFA Cup. One of his highlights came against reigning tournament champions Sevilla in Spain, where he scored both goals and the winning goal came three minutes into stoppage time to give AZ a 2-1 victory.
  • 2007-08 UEFA Cup Round of 32 - Nürnberg vs Benfica, 21 February 2008: After losing the first leg 1-0, German club Nürnberg led 2-0 and were on course to reach the Round of 16 and face Spanish club Getafe. Benfica scored twice thanks to Oscar Cardozo and Angel Di Maria as Benfica advanced 3-2 on aggregate.[3]
  • 2007-08 UEFA Cup Quarter-finals - Bayern Munich vs Getafe: The most entertaining among the four quarter-final matches saw three last minute goals. The first leg was contested in Germany and Getafe had secured a vital road goal thanks to Cosmin Contra in the 90th minute to cancel out Luca Toni's opening goal in the 26th minute. Then in the second leg, Contra put Getafe ahead 1-0 right before halftime and the Spanish club was minutes from a major scalp. Franck Ribery scored in the 89th minute to force extra time between the teams. Early in extra time, Getafe scored twice in the opening four minutes and had Bayern reeling. Toni, however, helped Bayern overcame the 3-1 aggregate deficit by scoring twice in the second half of extra time. Toni's second goal came in the 120th minute as Bayern escaped with the away goals tiebreaker after the teams played to a 4-4 aggregate draw.[4][5]
  • 2008–09 UEFA Champions League semi-finalChelsea vs. Barcelona, 6 May 2009: In one of the most controversial matches in recent memory, Chelsea went into the final minutes of the second 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.
  • 2008-09 UEFA Cup Group E, Milan and Wolfsburg: On November 6, 2008, AC Milan notched a crucial 1-0 victory against Portuguese club Braga when Ronaldinho scored three minutes into stoppage time. Three weeks later, Wolfsburg and Milan recorded crucial results that would eventually send both clubs into the Round of 32. Milan came from 2-0 against 2008 FA Cup winners Portsmouth at Fratton Park when Ronaldinho cut the deficit to 2-1 with six minutes remaining before Filippo Inzaghi scored two minutes into stoppage time to salvage a 2-2 draw. Meanwhile, in Portugal, Wolfsburg trailed Braga 2-1 when Zvjezdan Misimovic scored two goals, the latter coming four minutes into stoppage time to hand Wolfsburg a 3-2 victory.[6][7][8]
  • 2009–10 UEFA Champions League Third qualifying round - Sporting Lisbon, Sheriff Tiraspol and Celtic, August 2009: Three teams reached the play-off round of the UEFA Champions League with crucial road goals. Portuguese club Sporting Lisbon trailed throughout most of the game 1-0 at FC Twente (on aggregate), but a costly blunder by Peter Wisgerhof five minutes into stoppage was the deciding goal in the series on August 4. The following day, Celtic, who have often struggled on the road in their UEFA Champions League history, notched an impressive road victory at Dynamo Moscow, when Georgios Samaras scored one minute into stoppage time at Moscow's Arena Khimki as Celtic won 2-1 on aggregate. On that same day, Moldova's Sheriff Tiraspol trailed Czech Republic's Slavia Prague 1-0 since the 15th minute, but Jose Nadson scored four minutes into stoppage time as his goal was the deciding play that allowed the Moldovan club to get this close to qualifying for the Champions League for the first time ever.
  • 2009-10 UEFA Champions League Group B - Manchester United vs CSKA Moscow, 3 November 2009: Manchester United overturned a 3-1 deficit against CSKA Moscow with six minutes remaining in regulation to avoid a shocking upset. Paul Scholes cut the deficit to 3-2 in the 84th minute before Antonio Valencia, having scored the only goal against these same opponents two weeks earlier on October 21, scored two minutes into stoppage time to give Manchester United a 3-3 draw.
  • 2009-10 UEFA Champions League Group B - Beşiktaş vs CSKA Moscow, 8 December 2009: Evgeni Aldonin scored his only goal ever in all European competition for CSKA Moscow five minutes into stoppage time to send CSKA Moscow to the Champions League knockout stage for the first time ever with the 2-1 victory. It was also the second winning goal by Aldonin in eight months.
  • 2009-10 UEFA Champions League Group H - AZ Alkmaar: Playing in the Champions League for the first time ever, Dutch champions AZ Alkmaar had an unfortunate exit from European competition. First on September 29, AZ led 1-0 in the club's first ever home game in the Champions League when Standard Liege's Moussa Traore scored one minute into stoppage time as the match finished 1-1. Three weeks later and also at home, AZ's ambitions at reaching the knockout stages were in jeopardy after losing to Arsenal 1-0; that was until Mendes da Silva scored three minutes into stoppage time to salvage a 1-1 draw. Heading into the final game at Standard Liege, AZ still had a chance to reach the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 and were on course to do so after Jeremain Lens put AZ up 1-0. Had the result stood, AZ would go through to the Europa League, but Sinan Bolat, goalkepper for Standard Liege, scored from open play to deny AZ a place in the Europa League as the 1-1 draw eliminated AZ from Europe.
  • 2010-11 UEFA Europa League Play-off Round - Karpaty Lviv vs Galatasaray, 26 August 2010: Ukrainian club Karpaty Lviv headed into the second leg (contested at Ukraina Stadium) with the advantage after drawing 2-2 in Istanbul. Before beginning in the second qualifying round of the 2010-11 Europa League, Karpaty Lviv played a combined six games in Europe. Its second leg match at Ukraina Stadium was the club's sixth match in the campaign and its previous honor was winning the 1969 Soviet Cup, the only time a club outside the Soviet Union's top division won the honor. After 90 minutes, the scoreless draw would have sufficed. But in a dramatic finish, Galatasaray went ahead one minute into stoppage time with Aydin Yilmaz scoring to put Galatasaray ahead on aggregate. However, Artem Fedetsky, on loan from Shakhtar Donetsk, scored the tying goal to send Karpaty Lviv to the UEFA Europa League group stage. The 2010-11 UEFA Europa League would see Karpaty Lviv play six more games in the group stage and its best run in European competition.
  • 2011-12 UEFA Europa League Play-off Round - Spartak Moscow vs Legia Warsaw, 25 August 2011: Both clubs played to a 2-2 draw in the first leg in Warsaw, giving Spartak Moscow the advantage going into the second leg at Luzhniki Stadium. The Kombarov twins of Kirill and Dmitri scored (the latter via a penalty) to put Spartak Moscow up 4-2 on aggregate. But Legia Warsaw was able to tie the match before halftime. The game was heading for extra time with the aggregate tied at 4-4 until Janusz Gol scored two minutes into stoppage time to send Legia Warsaw to the group stage. With a UEFA coefficient of 5.183, Legia Warsaw had the lowest UEFA coefficient for a club to have progressed to the Europa League Round of 32.
  • 2012-13 UEFA Europa League Second Qualifying Round - Rosenborg vs Ordabasy: Both legs of this matchup featured late goals by both teams. Kazakh club Ordabasy, making its European debut in 2012, overcame a 2-0 deficit in the first leg in Trondheim, Norway; Gueye Mansour scored three minutes into stoppage time to salvage a shocking 2-2 draw at Lerkendal Stadium. Mansour scored in the second leg for Ordabasy, and despite giving up an equalizing goal in the second leg, Ordabasy was on course for one of the biggest upsets in UEFA Europa League history. However, the two-goal scorer from the first leg, Bořek Dočkal scored four minutes into stoppage time to spare the Norwegian club's blushes. Dockal, who also scored an away goal at the Crusaders at Seaview Stadium in Belfast, went on to score key road goals at Servette and Legia Warsaw, as Rosenborg reached the group stage of the tournament.[10]
  • 2012–13 UEFA Champions League Group A - Dinamo Zagreb vs Dynamo Kiev, 4 December 2012: Ivan Krstanovic scored on a penalty five minutes into stoppage time against as Dinamo Zagreb avoided a record-tying 12th straight loss in the group stage of the Champions League and also more importantly avoided becoming only the third club to go through the group stage without scoring a goal in the Champions League.[12]
  • 2013 UEFA Super CupBayern Munich vs Chelsea, 30 August 2013: After two goals from Franck Ribéry 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 free kick 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 to a penalty shoot-out that Bayern won 5–4, handing them their (and Germany's) first ever UEFA Super Cup.
  • 2013-14 UEFA Champions League Group H - AFC Ajax vs AC Milan, 1 October 2013: AC Milan and Ajax met in the UEFA Champions League for the seventh time since 2003 and both teams were scoreless as the match approached the end. Ajax had a corner in which Lasse Schöne launched a powerful corner and Stefano Denswil headed the ball in the net, Ajax, having lost 4-0 just two weeks earlier in Barcelona thought they had a victory, but AC Milan went down the field when they received a somewhat controversial penalty after Mario Balotelli was brought down by Mike van der Hoorn. Balotelli converted the penalty and the teams finished 1-1, a result that would eventually help AC Milan reached the Round of 16 in the Champions League.[14]
  • 2013-14 UEFA Champions League Group D - Viktoria Plzen vs CSKA Moscow, 10 December 2013: Despite losing its first five group stage matches in Group D, Viktoria Plzen still had a chance to reach the Round of 32 of the UEFA Europa League. To do so, they would have to defeat Russia's CSKA Moscow by at least two goals; a one-goal victory would also suffice as long as it is either 1-0 or 2-1. The match was scoreless after 65 minutes when CSKA Moscow took the lead on a goal from A Ahmed Musa, only for CSKA Moscow to lose Alan Dzagoev after he was shown a red card. Viktoria Plzen took advantage of the man advantage as Daniel Kolar tied the match. Viktoria was heading out of Europe with the 1-1 draw, but Tomas Wagner scored in the 90th minute to had Viktoria Plzen an unlikely victory as the 2-1 victory meant the Czech club advanced on away goals. This was also the final match for club manager Pavel Vrba before he would become the new manager of the Czech Republic as he capped off Viktoria Plzen's most successful era.[15]

Domestic cup[edit]

  • 1979 FA Cup FinalArsenal 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 replayArsenal vs. Sheffield Wednesday, 20 May 1993: With the first leg of the 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 struck in the face earlier in the match by Bright, and his winner made Arsenal the first English side to win the domestic cup double.[16]
  • 2004 Russian Cup FinalTerek Grozny vs. Krylia Sovetov Samara, 29 May 2004: One of the biggest upsets in Russian Cup history unfolded in Moscow's Lokomotiv Stadium as one team triumphed amidst tragedy. In 2004, Terek Grozny was playing in Russia's First Division but without a home stadium, as due to war in Chechnya, Terek Grozny often played its home matches in Pyatigorsk, Russia. One of Terek Grozny's key players that season was Andrei Fedkov - his winning goal against Shinnik Yaroslavl on May 5, 2004 sent Terek Grozny to the Russian Cup final. But on May 9, 2004, Chechen president Akhmad Kadyrov was assassinated during a Victory Day parade in Moscow. The Russian Cup final was scoreless for over 90 minutes until Fedkov scored two minutes into stoppage time to give Terek Grozny its first Russian Cup triumph and becoming the first Russian club since the dissolution of the Soviet Union to win the Russian Cup.
  • 2009 Russian Cup Final - CSKA Moscow vs Rubin Kazan, 31 May 2009: CSKA Moscow played most of the cup final with 10 men following a red card issued to Pavel Mamayev against reigning league champions Rubin Kazan. CSKA Moscow won its fifth cup final with Evgeni Aldonin scoring two minutes into stoppage time as CSKA Moscow won 1-0.[19]
  • 2011 Danish Cup Final - FC Nordsjaelland vs FC Midtjylland, 22 May 2011: The 2011 Danish Cup Final marked the first time ever that the previous season's finalists returned as the match was contested two weeks earlier than normal (since Ascension Thursday fell on June 2 and an international match date was already allocated for June 2). Nordsjaelland and Midtjylland were tied at 2-2 when Søren Christensen scored two minutes into extra time to give Nordsjaelland its second straight Danish Cup with a 3-2 victory.[20]
  • 2011 French Super Cup - Marseille vs. Lille, 27 July 2011: In the highest scoring French Super Cup in history, Marseille overcame a 3-1 deficit with five minutes by scoring three goals within five minutes, with Andre Ayew putting Marseille up 4-3 heading into extra time. Marko Basa answered by tying the match two minutes into stoppage time, but Ayew was able to complete his hat trick in the fifth minute of stoppage time as Marseille won the French Super Cup 5-4.[21]
  • 2011-12 Liechtenstein Cup Final - USV Eschen/Mauren vs FC Vaduz, 16 May 2012: USV Eschen/Mauren pulled off one of the biggest upsets in Liechtenstein Cup history by overcoming a 2-0 deficit and a man disadvantage to force extra time. Despite allowing an Igor Manojlovic penalty in the 68th minute, FC Vaduz was on course to win the tournament cup final for a 15th straight season and 40th overall. However, Eren Dulundu scored three minutes into stoppage time to force extra time for USV Eschen/Mauren, who was also playing in the final for a fourth season running. USV Eschen/Mauren went on to win in the penalty shootout, with Dulundu and Manjolovic scoring in the shootout, the latter giving USV Eschen/Mauren its first cup final victory since[22]
  • 2013 FA Cup Final - Manchester City vs. Wigan Athletic, 11 May 2013: Manchester City, in second place in the Premier League, were highly favoured 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, who had suffered a broken leg just six months earlier in a match against Liverpool, 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 were, in fact, relegated at the conclusion of the 2012-13 season, the first such occurrence in FA Cup history.[23]
  • 2013–14 Scottish League Cup semi-finalHearts vs. Inverness CT, 2 February 2014: Inverness had taken an early second-half lead but a sending off and two quick free kicks later saw Hearts leading 2-1. Later reduced to just nine men and with only a few minutes of injury time to go, Inverness somehow scrambled the ball over the line to take the match to extra-time. With no more goals in the 30 added minutes, the game went to penalties, which Inverness won 4-2, taking them through to their first ever cup final.[25]
  • 2014 Cypriot Super Cup - Ermis Aradippou vs APOEL FC, 14 August 2014: Runners-up in the 2014 Cypriot Cup just three months earlier, Ermis Aradippou secured its first ever trophy after Yiannis Taralidis scored five minutes into stoppage time to upset APOEL 2-1. The winning goal came just minutes after Ermis allowed an own goal after having lead for almost the entire match.[26]

Domestic league[edit]

  • '1988–89 Football League First Division decider – Liverpool vs. Arsenal, 26 May 1989201': 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 EkstraklasaLegia 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 equalised with a header. Just a 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 Second Division play-off FinalManchester 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–BundesligaHamburg 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 LeagueMotherwell 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.[29] Ironically, McDonald signed for Celtic two years later and helped them to win the title in the 2007–08 season.[30]
  • 2006–07 Scottish First DivisionRoss 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. 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. With the score at 2-2 entering stoppage time, as things stood St. Johnstone would be promoted, but in an extremely dramatic finish, James Grady broke clear in the 90th minute and scored to make it 3-2 to Gretna and win them 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.
  • 2007–08 Premier LeagueManchester 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 CupPersepolis 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.
  • 2011–12 A-LeagueBrisbane 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 FinalBrisbane 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 LeagueManchester 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 equalize 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.
  • 2011-12 La Liga - Rayo Vallecano vs Granada, 13 May 2012: Heading into its season finale against fellow strugglers Granada, Rayo Vallecano lost nine of its last 10 matches and was outscored 30-12 in those matches. Rayo Vallecano needed help from Getafe and Atletico Madrid, who were facing Real Zaragoza and Villareal (having finished fourth last season and reached the Champions League), respectively. Zaragoza led 1-0 in an ill-tempered match and would add an stoppage time goal to win at Getafe 2-0, while Villarreal allowed a late goal by Radamel Falcao in the 88th minute at home. Yet, Rayo and Granada were still scoreless as the match approached injury time and Rayo Vallecano was headed for an immediate return to Segunda Division. However, Raul Tamudo scored one minute into stoppage time to save Rayo Vallecano from relegation with a 1-0 victory. With those results, Rayo Vallecano, Zaragoza and Granada (despite the loss) survived at Villarreal's expense.[32][33][34]
  • 2012–13 Football League OneBrentford 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 ChampionshipWatford 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 seasonSan 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 of 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.[35]
  • 2013–14 Premier League - Cardiff City and West Bromwich Albion: On March 29, Cardiff City and West Bromwich Albion met at the Hawthorns in a battle to avoid relegation. The match was level at 2-2 as it headed into extra time where Thievy Bifouma scored four minutes into extra time as West Bromwich Albion appeared to have a crucial victory. But Cardiff City struck a minute later on a goal from Mats Møller Dæhli as the teams played to a 3-3 draw. On April 12, 2014 West Bromwich had another result that finished 3-3, but it had to overcome a 3-0 deficit after only 31 minutes The tying goal came four minutes into stoppage time as Christian Eriksen scored the goal. The 3-3 draw was the second straight three would help West Bromwich Albion survive relegation.[36]
  • 2013-14 Football League Championship - Nottingham Forest vs. Brighton & Hove Albion, 3 May 2014 Heading into the final day of the 2013-14 Football League Championship, Brighton & Hove Albion trailed Reading by two points for sixth in the standings and more importantly a spot in the promotion play-offs. Brighton & Hove Albion needed to finish with a better result than Reading. Things did not start well, as Reading led 1-0 to Burnley, but trailed 2-1. Simultaneously, Nottingham Forest led Brighton & Hove Albion 1-0 after 22 minutes. Brighton & Hove Albion tied the match at 1-1, but Reading tied their match also at 2-2. Had the results stayed that way, Reading would face Derby County first in the playoffs. However, Leonardo Ulloa headed in a Craig Mackail-Smith cross that gave Brighton & Hove Albion its first victory over Nottingham Forest in nearly 30 months.
  • 2013-14 Football League Championship - Bolton Wanderers vs. Birmingham City, 3 May 2014: Heading into the final day of the 2013-14 Football League Championship, Doncaster Rovers led Birmingham City by one point in the race to avoid being relegated to England's Football League One. However, Doncaster Rovers had a worse goal differential going into its match at Leicester City than Birmingham City. Birmingham City travelled to Bolton needing to have a better result than Doncaster Rovers to avoid relegation to England's third tier of football for the first time in 20 years. The visitors trailed 2-0 with 14 minutes remaining. However, Serbian international Nikola Zigic scored two minutes later to put Birmingham City in contention. However, Leicester City had scored in the 75th minute to go up, and had the results stayed that way, Doncaster Rovers would be safe. However, three minutes into stoppage time, Paul Caddis headed from close range to ensure Birmingham City would stay in the Football League Championship for the 2014-2015 season. The 1-0 loss at Leicester City sent Doncaster Rovers to the third division along with Barnsley and Yeovil Town.
  • 2013-14 2. Bundesliga Relegation-Promotion Play-off - Arminia Bielefeld vs SV Darmstadt 98, 19 May 2014: SV Darmstadt 98 qualified for the second division of the Bundesliga in one of the most dramatic circumstances in history after it matched Arminia's 3-1 first leg road victory with a 3-1 road result after 90 minutes in the second leg to force extra time. Then, after Kacper Przybyłko put Arminia ahead on aggregate, SV Darmstadt 98 would have stayed in the third division of the Bundesliga until Elton da Costa, having come on the 112th minute, scored two minutes into stoppage time at the end of the second half to send SV Darmstadt through on away goals. Its qualification to the 2. Bundesliga was all exciting considering that the club finished 16th last season and was supposed to be relegated to the Regionalliga, except that one team was not granted a license and were thus spared relegation.[37]
  • 2013-14 Segunda Division Play-off Final - Las Palmas vs Cordoba, 22 June 2014: Despite finishing seventh in the 2013-14 Segunda División, Cordoba qualified for the end-of-season promotion play-offs (the reason being Barcelona's reserve team finished third and cannot be eligible to play in La Liga). Cordoba reached the final by defeating Murcia and set up a meeting with the sixth-place team Las Palmas. After a scoreless first leg, Las Palmas opened the scoring early in the second half on a goal from Apoño. The lone goal would have been enough to send Las Palmas back to La Liga for the first time in 12 years. However, home supporters of Las Palmas had invaded the pitch before the match finished and the game had to be halted for 10 minutes. After order was restored, Cordoba had roughly 30 seconds remaining when Ulises Davila, on loan from Chelsea, scored the tying goal against Las Palmas to send Cordoba into La Liga for the first time in 42 years.[39]
  • 2014-15 Bundesliga - SC Paderborn 07 vs 1. FSV Mainz 05, 24 August 2014: Bundesliga debutantes SC Paderborn were on course for a maiden victory in their home stadium Benteler Arena after Uwe Hünemeier broke a 1-1 draw in the 87th minute to put the hosts up 2-1. However, Koo-Ja Cheol scored on a penalty kick four minutes into stoppage time to deny the hosts victory as the teams settled for a 2-2 draw.[40]

International[edit]

  • 1990 FIFA World Cup Round of 16 - England vs Belgium, 26 June 1990: With the match scoreless in regulation, England and Belgium was still scoreless as the match headed toward the end of extra time and onto penalty kicks. However, England had an opportunity on a free kick, and David Platt, who had just earned his first cap for England nearly seven months earlier, scored in the 119th minute. That goal would also be his first ever goal for England, as England advanced with a 1-0 victory. That goal by Platt was the latest goal ever scored at a FIFA World Cup and it was a record that stood until 2006.
  • 1992 Summer Olympics final - Poland vs. Spain, August 8, 1992: With the game tied 2-2, Kiko Narváez scored the winning goal (his second of the game and fifth of the tournament) for Spain in the 90th minute as Spain won the gold medal in a 3-2 victory.
  • 1994 FIFA World Cup qualification UEFA Group 6 - France vs. Israel, 13 October 1993: Heading into in the final two games of World Cup qualifying, A vitory against Israel would qualify for the 1994 FIFA World Cup. France was on course despite giving up a tying goal in the 83rd minute to Eyal Berkovic. However, Reuven Atar scored in the 90th minute to give Israel, who lost to France 4-0 in an earlier qualifier in Tel Aviv, a shocking 3-2 upset. That victory was Israel's first qualifying victory against a European opponent since 1981 (Israel spent the previous two qualifying campaign in the Oceania Football Conference).
  • 1994 FIFA World Cup qualification AFC Final Round - Iraq vs Japan, 28 October 1993,: In the final day of qualifying for the 1994 World Cup, Japan had a one point lead over four other nations still vying for two spots at USA 1994 with a win assuring the nation of a berth at the World Cup; a draw would make things complicated as Japan would need either South Korea or Saudi Arabia to not win its match. Japan led 2-1 late in the game when Jaffar Salman headed the tying goal in the 90th minute to deny Japan a spot at the World Cup with a 2-2 draw. Coupled with Saudi Arabia's dramatic 4-3 victory over Iran and South Korea's 3-0 victory over North Korea, Japan finished third behind Saudi Arabia and South Korea, the latter on goal difference. This match has often been called in Japan the Agony of Doha.[41]
  • 1998 FIFA World Cup Qualification - UEFA Group 9 - Germany vs Albania, 11 October 1997: With 15 minutes in regulation remaining, Germany and Albania was tied at 1-1. But in the final 15 minutes, both teams combined for five goals. It started in the 78th minute for Oliver Bierhoff, the two-goal scorer from the Euro 1996 final, and in the 90th minute, his second goal was enough to secure Germany's passage to the 1998 FIFA World Cup.
  • 1998 African Cup of Nations Group B - Togo vs Ghana , 12 February 1998: Togo was playing in only its third ever African Cup of Nations tournament in 1998 (previously appearing in the 1972 and 1984 editions) searching for its first win in the tournament. The first would come in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso when Mohamed Kader (renowned for being Togo's first goalscorer at a FIFA World Cup) scored in the 90th minute to give Togo a 2-1 victory over Ghana.
  • 1998 FIFA World Cup quarter-finalNetherlands 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 20 years. For the Netherlands, it was the second straight knock-out game decided on a late goal - on 29 June, Edgar Davids scored two minutes into stoppage time as the Netherlands eliminated Yugoslavia with a 2-1 victory in Toulouse, France.
  • UEFA Euro 2000 qualifying Group 8 - FYR Macedonia vs Republic of Ireland - 9 October 1999,: Heading into the final group games in Group 8, the Republic of Ireland trailed Yugoslavia by one point for an automatic place in Euro 2000. Niall Quinn put Ireland up 1-0 in the 18th minute, and with the Yugoslavia-Croatia match tied at 2-2, Ireland was on course for Euro 2000. However, in the 90th minute, Goran Stavrevski scored the tying goal and the goal sent Yugoslavia to Euro 2000. Ireland would go on to lose to Turkey by virtue of an away goal in the play-offs.
  • UEFA Euro 2000 qualifying Group 4 - Russia vs Ukraine (details) - 9 October 1999,: Russia needed only a win as in that case it would have taken first place in the group with France the second and Ukraine the third. On 79th minute Valery Karpin opened the score with a goal for Russia. However, in the 87th minute, Andriy Shevchenko took a long free kick sent the ball towards the Russian goal. The shot appeared to be savable; however, Russian goalkeeper Alexandr Filimonov was surprised by the effort and, trying to catch the ball, knocked it into the goal.[42] As a consequence France took first place with Ukraine the second and Russia the third. Later Ukraine dramatically lost in Play-off qualification to Slovenia and France won Euro 2000.
  • UEFA Euro 2000 Group A - Portugal vs Romania, 17 June 2000: Having come on in the 87th minute to replace Rui Costa, Costinha scored on a header in the fourth minute of stoppage time in Arnhem, Netherlands. It was his first ever goal for his country and Portugal would go on to reach the quarter-finals with a 1-0 win.[43]
  • UEFA Euro 2000 Group C - Spain vs Yugoslavia, 21 June 2000: Trailing 3-2 in its group stage final against Yugoslavia in Bruges, Belgium, Spain was on course for another early exit at a major tournament. However, Spain pulled off a stunning miracle as the game entered stoppage time. First, Gaizka Mendieta tied the match four minutes into stoppage time to level the score at 3-3. Two minutes later, Alfonso Perez scored his second goal of the game in the sixth minute of extra time. Not only did Spain qualify for the quarter-finals with that 4-3 victory, but in doing so, Spain also clinched Group C after opening its campaign with a 1-o loss against Norway.[44]
  • 2000 AFC Asian Cup Quarter-finals - South Korea vs Iran, 23 October 2000: Kim Sang-Sik scored his first career goal for South Korea in the 90th minute against Iran as the goal tied the match and forced extra time. South Korea went on to win on a golden goal from Lee Dong-Gook as it advanced with a 2-1 victory.
  • 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification - UEFA Group 1 - Slovenia: Despite blowing a 2-0 lead at the Faroe Islands, Slovenia recovered in only its second ever World Cup qualifying campaign to finish unbeaten and reach the play-offs, which it won to reach the 2002 World Cup. First, on March 28, 2011, Zlatko Zahovic, the first player to score a goal for Slovenia at a major tournament, scored four minutes into stoppage time as Slovenia drew 1-1 with Yugoslavia, a match that came nearly nine months after Slovenia blew a 3-0 lead against these same opponents. Later on September 1, Milenko Acimovic scored on a penalty in the 90th minute to hand Russia its only loss in qualifying with a 2-1 victory.
  • 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification UEFA Group 9England vs. Greece, 6 October 2001: As the match entered injury time, and Greece were winning 2-1, news came through that Germany had drawn 0-0 with Finland. Despite Germany failing to win, as things stood, England were destined for a difficult play-off against Ukraine, but a draw would win them the group and take them straight to the World Cup finals. In the third minute of injury time, England were awarded a free kick just outside the penalty area. David Beckham stepped up to take it and levelled the game at 2–2 to ensure that England qualified for the World Cup as group winners.[46]
  • 2002 FIFA World Cup Group E - Republic of Ireland vs Germany 5 June 2002,: With Ireland trailing 1-0 and its World Cup hopes in the balance, Steve Finnan launches a deep ball that Niall heads to Robbie Keane. Keane scores past Oliver Kahn (one of only two players to score against Germany) as Ireland gains a valuable point in Ibaraki, Japan. Ireland would go on to reach the Round of 16, where Keane would also score on a penalty against Spain to force extra time.[47]
  • UEFA Euro 2004 qualifying Group 9 - Azerbaijan vs Serbia and Montenegro, 11 June 2003: Azerbaijan won only its second ever European Championships qualifying match as it overcame from 1-0 down by scoring two late goals. It started with Gurban Gurbanov, who had scored twice in the teams' earlier qualifier to help Azerbaijan overturn a 2-0 deficit, on a penalty in the 88th minute before Farrukh Ismayilov scored one minute into stoppage time to give Azerbaijan a 2-1 victory - a result that would eventually deter Serbia and Montenegro from reaching the play-offs for Euro 2004.
  • UEFA Euro 2004 qualifying Group 2 - Denmark vs Romania, 10 September 2003: Martin Laursen scored five minutes into stoppage time to give Denmark a vital draw after trailing 2-1 to Romania late in the match. Laursen scored his first ever goal for Denmkar in a vital 2-2 draw that ultimately proved vital. Denmark as it advanced to Euro 2004 as group winners; despite having a plus-12 goal differential in its group, Romania, which played its final group game in that campaign, missed out on the play-offs as Norway had a better head-to-head record against Romania.
  • 2004 African Cup of Nations Group A - Rwanda vs Guinea, 28 January 2004: Rwanda was one of three nations making its debut at the 2004 African Cup of Nations and after losing its first game to hosts Tunisia, Rwanda trailed Guinea 1-0 and were on the verge of an early exit. However, Karim Kamanzi scored three minutes into stoppage time to give Rwanda a valuable point with the 1-1 draw. Rwanda missed out on a quarter-final berth despite a 1-0 victory over DR Congo - the Guinean player who scored against Rwanda, Titi Camara, scored against Tunisia in the final group stage to break a possibility of having lots drawn between Rwanda and Guinea.
  • 2004 African Cup of Nations Quarter-finals - Morocco vs Algeria, 8 February 2004: After Algeria broke a scoreless tie in the 84th minute, Morocco's Marouane Chamakh scored in the 90th minute to force extra time. Morocco went on to win the game 3-1 after extra time with two goals in the second half of stoppage time. Morocco would go on to reach the final of the tournament, losing to Tunisia.
  • UEFA Euro 2004 Group BFrance vs. England, 13 June 2004: France, the defending champions and heavy favourites, went behind in the 38th minute, courtesy of a Frank Lampard header. The goal ended France's run of 11 matches without conceding – a run lasting 1,077 minutes. Almost 30 minutes into the second half, a penalty kick was awarded to England after Mikaël Silvestre fouled Wayne Rooney inside the penalty area. Fabien Barthez subsequently saved David Beckham's spot kick, which ultimately proved decisive as France captain Zinedine Zidane scored a free kick to equalise in the 91st minute. More drama was to follow, however, as straight after resuming play, Steven Gerrard made a poor backpass which was intercepted by Thierry Henry, who charged forward before being brought down by 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.
  • 2004 AFC Asian Cup Group C - Turkmenistan vs Saudi Arabia, 18 July 2004: The Central Asian nation Turkmenistan was making its debut at the 2004 Asian Cup and faced Saudi Arabia, looking to reaching a final for the sixth straight Asian Cup. Begençmuhammet Kulyýew, who once scored five goals in a two-legged series against Afghanistan in November 2003, scored three minutes into stoppage time to give Turkmenistan its first ever point at an Asian Cup in a 2-2 draw.
  • 2004 AFC Asian Cup Group B - Jordan vs Kuwait, 23 July 2004: Jordan was making its debut in the 2004 Asian Cup and faced Kuwait in its second match of the tournament in Jinan, China. Jordan scored two goals in a two-minute span in stoppage time. The first goal in that span was the first career goal for Khaled Saad, while Anas Al-Zboun, who scored in Jordan's successful qualifying campaign against North Korea, scored his fifth career goal for Jordan. Those two goals were the only goals Jordan scored in the group stage, and it was enough to send the country into the quarter-finals at its first attempt.
  • 2004 AFC Asian Cup Group D - Iran vs Oman, 24 July 2004: Oman made its debut at the 2004 Asian Cup and faced Iran in its second match and was up 2-0. Iran came back to cut the deficit in half and four minutes into stoppage time, Mohammad Nosrati, a member of Iran's winning squad for the 2004 West Asian Football Federation, scored to spare Iran's blushes, as the 2-2 draw would ultimately cost Oman a berth at a quarter-final.
  • 2004 Asian Cup Semi-final - Japan vs Bahrain, 3 August 2004: Japan avoided a major upset against a pesky Bahrain squad and qualified for the final thanks to a 90th minute goal from Yuji Nakazawa. His third goal of the tournament helped Japan avoid extra time by winning 4-3 against Bahrain.
  • UEFA Women's Euro 2005 Group A - opening match - England vs Finland, 5 June 2005: In front of a record crowd of 29,092 at the City of Manchester Stadium, England blew a 2-0 lead against debutants Finland. But Karen Carney scored a minute into stoppage time as England won 3-2 for only its third ever victory at a Women's Euro, but its first victory in 21 years.[48]
  • 2006 FIFA World Cup Round of 16 - Australia vs Italy, 26 June 2006: In Australia's first World Cup since 1974, the Socceroos had outdone all expectations and had qualified for the Round of 16, and were drawn against Italy. With the match scoreless with 90 minutes over, it seemed as if the match would go to extra time to decide it. However with less than a minute to go Fabio Grosso burst into Australia’s penalty box to spark a slide tackle by Neill that prompted the Italian to tumble over in what was, and still is, considered a dive. Referee Luis Medina Cantalejo then awarded a penalty to Italy, which was scored by Francesco Totti, thus eliminating Australia from the World Cup. Totti's goal against Australia remains the latest goal scored in regulation at a FIFA World Cup.
  • 2006 FIFA World Cup semi-finalGermany 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 95th-minute penalty from Francesco Totti. ; Grosso & Del Piero's goals remain the latest goals scored in any FiFA World Cup match.
  • UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying Group D - Turkey vs Norway, 28 March 2007: Turkey played its first three Euro 2008 home qualifiers in Frankfurt, Germany due to its violent conduct from a World Cup qualifier against Switzerland. Turkey made use of its three games at Commerzbank Arena by securing seven out of nine points, the last coming in a 2-2 draw against Norway in which Turkey trailed 2-0 at halftime. Hamit Altintop scored both goals for Turkey, the second coming in the 90th minute. The match would prove vital in Turkey qualifying for Euro 2008.
  • UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying Group D - Greece vs Moldova, 28 March 2007: Greece played this qualifier in Heraklion due to crowd disturbances in its previous qualifier at home against Turkey. Nikos Liberopoulos, who scored Greece's first qualifying goal for Euro 2008 (which came at Moldova), broke a 1-1 draw and scored four minutes into stoppage time, to give Greece a vital 2-1 victory. For Liberopoulos, it was not the first time he scored the winning goal this late in a match - he did it nearly two years earlier in a 2006 World Cup qualifier in Kazakhstan, scoring four minutes into stoppage time to also break a 1-1 draw.
  • 2007 AFC Asian Cup Group A - Australia vs Oman, 8 July 2007: Australia's Tim Cahill, the first player to score a goal for Australia at a World Cup, scored Australia's first goal at an Asian Cup, two minutes into stoppage time in what was Australia's first ever match in an Asian Cup as it avoided a shocking upset with a 1-1 draw against Oman.
  • UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying Group E - Estonia vs Andorra, 22 August 2007: Indrek Zelinski scored his 27th career goal for Estonia in the second minute of stoppage time against Andorra in a 2-1 victory in qualifying. The goal would be his last goal he scored for Estonia, which came less than four years after scoring for Estonia.
  • 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup Group C - Australia vs Canada, 20 September 2007: In a match that was moved up a day earlier due to Typhoon Wipha, Australia came back twice against Canada. Canada were on course to reach the quarter-finals after Christine Sinclair put Canada up 2-1 in the 85th minute. But Cheryl Salisbury, playing in her fourth World Cup, scored two minutes into stoppage time to send Australia into the quarter-finals of a World Cup for the first time ever.[50]
  • UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying Group G - Belarus vs Luxembourg, 13 October 2007: The first ever major qualifier for Belarus in the city of Gomel would become one of the biggest historic events that would happen to the visitors. Luxembourg's Alphonse Leweck scored five minutes into stoppage time to give Luxembourg its first European Championship qualifying victory since 1995. The 1-0 victory also snapped Luxembourg's 55 game losing streak in European Championship qualifying.[51]
  • 2008 African Cup of Nations - Opening Game - Ghana vs Guinea, 20 January 2008: Ghana kicked off the tournament in the capital city Accra by securing all three points against Guinea, with Sulley Muntari scoring in the 90th minute to give Ghana a 2-1 victory. Muntari would go on to be voted as one of the 11 best players in the 2008 African Cup of Nations as Ghana finished third in the tournament.
  • 2008 AFC Challenge Cup Group A - India vs Afghanistan, 30 July 2008: Climax Lawrence scored only his second ever goal for India (his first coming nearly 30 months ago) as India defeated Afghanistan 1-0, a result that would ultimately help India win the 2008 Challenge Cup and the automatic berth to the 2011 Asian Cup (which would be India's first continental participation since 1984).
  • UEFA Euro 2008Turkey: 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 - UEFA Group 8 - Montenegro vs Bulgaria, 6 September 2008: Montenegro played in its first ever World Cup qualifying match when it led 2-1 in the 94th minute and on course for an historic victory. Blagoy Georgiev denied the hosts the victory after scoring two minutes into stoppage time as the game ended 2-2.
  • 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification - UEFA Group 1 - Portugal vs Denmark, 10 September 2008: In a wild finish that saw both nations score four goals after the 80th minute, Denmark's Daniel Jensen broke a 2-2 draw two minutes into stoppage time as Denmark stunned Portugal 3-2 in Lisbon. That victory would ultimately prove useful for Denmark as it qualified for the 2010 World Cup as group winners ahead of Portugal.
  • 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification - AFC Fifth Round - Saudi Arabia vs Bahrain, 9 September 2009: After playing to a scoreless first leg against Saudi Arabia, Bahrain was tied at 1-1 and had the away goal advantage. However, Hamad Al-Montashari put Saudi Arabia up 2-1 in the first minute of stoppage time. Then in the third minute of stoppage time, Bahrain had a corner kick which Ismail Abdul-Latif headed into the back of the net. Having scored the winning goal against South Korea in a 2007 Asian Cup group stage match, Abdul-Latif scored the tying goal to put Bahrain into a play-off against New Zealand with the 2-2 draw.[52]
  • 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification CONCACAF fourth roundUnited 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 direct from a corner kick for the United States. The game ended 2-2, meaning Honduras qualified on goal difference. Costa Rica, who were 20 seconds away from qualifying, faced Uruguay in the inter-confederation play-off, which Uruguay eventually won.
  • 2010 African Cup of Nations Group A - Angola vs Mali, 10 January 2010: One of the most entertaining and high scoring games in the tournament's history unfolded two days after a devastating bus attack on the Togo national football team. The opening match of the 2010 African Cup of Nations saw host Angola enjoy a 4-0 lead against Mali with 16 minutes remaining. What unfolded in the last 20 minutes of the match was a major comeback by Mali. It started in the 79th minute when Seydou Keita scored before Frederick Kanoute scored in the 88th minute in what would be consolation goals. However, Keita scored three minutes into stoppage time before Mustapha Yatabaré scored a minute later to stun Angola with a 4-4 draw.[53]
  • 2010 African Cup of Nations Quarter-finals - Ivory Coast vs Algeria, 24 January 2010: With the game tied at 1-1 in regulation and the match heading for extra time, the Ivory Coast's Abdul Kader Keita, who scored three goals for his country in the 2008 edition, had his nation on the verge of a semi-final berth with a goal in the 89th minute. But Madjid Bugherra scored two minutes into stoppage time to force extra time. Algeria, who had only scored one goal in the group stage, won 3-2 on a goal from Hameur Bouazza two minutes into extra time as Algeria went on to finish fourth in the tournament.
  • 2010 FIFA World Cup Group CUnited 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.
  • UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying Group C - Estonia vs Faroe Islands, 11 August 2010: The first qualifier for Euro 2012 was held in Tallin's A Le Coq Arena, where Estonia overcame a 1-0 deficit by scoring twice in stoppage time, with Kaimar Saag (one minute into stoppage time) and Raio Piiroja (three minutes into stoppage time) to give Estonia a 2-1 victory. The victory would prove crucial as Estonia would reached the play-offs just over a year later.[54]
  • UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying Group A - Austria vs Kazakhstan, 7 September 2010: Kazakhstan had held Austria for 90 minutes of football to a scoreless draw, until Roland Linz and Erwin hoffer both scored into stoppage time to give Austria a 2-0 victory in its first Euro 2012 qualifier.[55]
  • UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying Group B - Macedonia vs Armenia, 7 September 2010: In a wild finish, both teams headed into stoppage time with the match tied at 1-1. Edgar Manucharyan put the visitors up 2-1 in the first minute of stoppage time and were on course for a crucial victory. Macedonia, having lost its opening qualifier in Slovakia on a last-minute goal by Filip Holosko three days earlier in Bratislava, got a penalty in the sixth minute of stoppage time by Ilco Naumoski, as Macedonia secured a 2-2 draw.[56]
  • UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying Group I - Scotland vs Liechtenstein, 7 September 2010: Stephen McManus scored his first goal for Scotland in nearly three years as his goal came in the seventh minute of stoppage time to spare Scotland's blushes and hand them a 2-1 victory over Liechtenstein.
  • UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying Group G - Georgia and Greece, 26 March 2011: Both Greece and Georgia each won games with last-minute goals that had Group G in a three-way fight with Croatia. In fact, Georgia pulled to within one point of Croatia after Levan Kobiashvili scored in the 90th minute to give Georgia a shocking 1-0 upset of Croatia. Meanwhile, Greece's Vasilis Torosidis, who scored the game-winning goal in a 2010 World Cup match against Nigeria, scored the only goal of the match four minutes into stoppage time in Ta' Qali, Malta as Greece leapfrogged both Croatia and Georgia with the 1-0 victory.[59][60]
  • 2012 African Cup of Nations qualification - Senegal, Tanzania, South Africa and Kenya, 26 March 2011: Four African nations won home games with the winning goals coming late in regulation. In Dakar, Senegal, Demba Ba scored two minutes into stoppage time to break a scoreless tie in Dakar and give Senegal a crucial 1-0 victory against Cameroon. In Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, the home side trailed early against the Central African Republic two minutes into the match before coming back to tie the match in the 70th minute. Then Mbwana Samata scored in the 90th minute to give Tanzania a 2-1 victory and its first African Cup of Nations victory in qualifying since 2008. South Africa's match against Egypt at Johannesburg's Ellis Park was also scoreless for 90 minutes when Katlego Mphela, famous for his thunderous free kick against Span at the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup, scored three minutes into stoppage time to give South Africa its first ever victory against Egypt in a competitive fixture. Finally, in Nairobi, Kenya got its qualifying campaign back on track against Angola after it trailed 1-0 and tied the match at 1-1. McDonald Mariga scored one minute into stoppage time to give Kenya a 2-1 victory against Angola.[61][62][63][64]
  • 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup group stage - New Zealand vs. Mexico, 5 July 2011: Mathematically eliminated from contention, New Zealand trailed Mexico 2-0 as they were facing another loss in their World Cup history. The game went into stoppage time as Rebecca Smith scored to cut the deficit to 2-1. Then, four minutes into stoppage time, New Zealand secured an unlikely draw when Hannah Wilkinson scored as New Zealand scored its first ever point at a FIFA Women's World Cup in Sinsheim, Germany.[65]
  • 2011 FIFA U-17 World Cup semi-finalMexico 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-finalUnited States vs. Brazil, 10 July 2011: Brazil were winning 2-1, 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.
  • 2012 African Cup of Nations qualifying Group K - Chad vs Malawi, 8 October 2011: Tunisia and Malawi were battling to grab an automatic berth to the 2012 African Cup of Nations on the final day of qualifying, with Malawi having missed a major opportunity against Tunisia a month earlier. Malawi would be denied the chance to go to the 2012 African Cup of Nations when Chad's Karl Max Barthelemy scored four minutes into stoppage time as Chad drew Malawi 2-2.
  • 2012 African Cup of Nations qualifying Group B - Nigeria vs Guinea, 8 October 2011: Nigeria was on course to reach the African Cup of Nations after Ikechukwu Uche put Nigeria ahead 2-1 in the 84th minute. But the game featured 12 minutes of stoppage time, with Ibrahima Traore scoring deep into stoppage time. The 2-2 draw sent Guinea to the 2012 African Cup of Nations and Nigeria became another big African nation that missed out on the tournament.
  • UEFA Women's Euro 2013 qualification Group 6 - Croatia vs Slovenia, 27 October 2011: Croatia overcame a 3-1 deficit by scoring two goals in stoppage time. Petra Glavac and Izabela Lojna scored two minutes and five minutes into stoppage time, respectively, as Croatia secured a 3-3 draw. That result proved to be the only point Croatia gained in qualifying for Women's Euro 2013.
  • 2012 African Cup of Nations Group A - Equatorial Guinea vs Senegal, 25 January 2012: Newcomers and co-hosts of the 2012 African Cup of Nations, Equatorial Guinea was playing only its second ever match at a major tournament when it was the first nation to qualify for the tournament's quarterfinals. It did so despite giving up a tying goal in the 89th minute goal to Senegal's Moussa Sow. Three minutes into stoppage time, Kily scored the winning goal as Equatorial Guinea's 2-1 victory also meant Senegal was the first nation eliminated from the 2012 African Cup of Nations.[66]
  • 2012 African Cup of Nations Group C - Tunisia and Gabon, 27 January 2012: Two African nations qualified for the quarter-finals as they did so after only two games in Libreville, Gabon. Tunisia's match against debutantes Niger was 1-1 throughout most of the match. Niger was on its way for an historic first point after scoring its first goal at a major tournament, but Issam Jemâa, who led in qualifying with six goals, scored in the 90th minute to give Tunisia a 2-1 victory. In the next match, Gabon joined fellow co-host Equatorial Guinea into the quarter-finals. Gabon trailed 1-0 when Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Daniel Cousin scored four minutes apart as Gabon was on course for the victory. Having scored in the 24th minute to open the scoring, Houssine Kharja tied the match one minute into stoppage time, but Bruno Mbanangoyé Zita scored eight minutes into stoppage time (virtually the last kick of the game) as Gabon won 3-2.[67][68]
  • 2013 African Cup of Nations qualification Second Round - Burkina Faso vs Central African Republic, 14 October 2012: Burkina Faso qualified for the 2013 African Cup of Nations after the nation was level with Central African Republic (who had eliminated Egypt earlier) on aggregate, but trailed by virtue of away goals. Alain Traore, having scored in the 18th minute in the second leg, scored six minutes into stoppage time to send Burkina Faso to the African Cup of Nations with the 3-2 aggregate victory. Traore would go on to add another late goal in the 2013 African Cup of Nations - his first goal of the tournament came in the fourth minute of stoppage time against Nigeria in Nelspruit, South Africa as Burkina Faso got a 1-1 draw, a result that would help the nation reach the final (which they lost to Nigeria 1-0).
  • 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification - AFC Fourth Round - Uzbekistan vs Iran, 3 June 2012: Iran began its final phase of World Cup qualifying by securing three vital points in Tashkent, Uzbekistan after Mohammad Reza Khalatbari scored three minutes into extra time to give Iran a 1-0 victory. That victory would prove crucial as Iran qualified for the 2014 World Cup, while Uzbekistan had to go through a fifth-place play-off.
  • 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification – UEFA Group C - Germany vs Sweden, 16 October 2012: Sweden made one of the most dramatic comebacks in World Cup qualifying history when it trailed 4-0 with 35 minutes remaining. After 76 minutes, Sweden was able to cut the deficit to 4-3. Three minutes into stoppage time, Rasmus Elm scored on the final play of the game as Sweden secured an unlikely point in Berlin. The 4-4 draw would eventually help Sweden reach the UEFA play-offs and it would be the only game Germany failed to win during qualifying for the 2014 World Cup.[70]
  • UEFA Women's Euro 2013 play-off round - Spain vs Scotland, 24 October 2012: Spain and Scotland met to determine who would qualify for the tournament in Sweden and both teams went into extra time after each match finished 1-1 in regulation. With the second leg held in Madrid, Scotland went ahead on aggregate in the 98th minute on a goal from Kim Little, before Silvia Meseguer tied the match. Spain was heading out of the tournament until Veronica Boquete scored in the 122nd minute to give Spain the 4-3 aggregate victory. The victory also helped Spain qualify for just its second ever Women's European Championship, with their only other appearance coming in 1997.
  • 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification – UEFA Group D - Israel vs Portugal, 22 March 2013: In a match in Budapest that was played behind closed doors, Romania secured a vital point as Alexandru Chipciu scored in the second minute of stoppage time. The 2-2 draw would ultimately prove crucial for Romania, as it would advance to the play-offs at Hungary's expense.
  • 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification – UEFA Group F - Israel vs Portugal, 22 March 2013: Fábio Coentrão helped Portugal come from 3-1 down in a World Cup qualifier and scored the tying goal three minute into stoppage time. The 3-3 draw would prove crucial as Portugal advanced to the play-offs at Israel's expenses and eventually qualify for the 2014 World Cup.
  • 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification - AFC Fourth Round - South Korea: South Korea qualified for its eighth straight World Cup on the strength of two vital results that featured last minute goals. First on 26 March 2013, South Korea needed a goal six minutes into injury time to break a 1-1 draw against Qatar as Son Heung-min scored only his second goal for the country (his first coming in the 2011 Asian Cup) and South Korea won 2-1. Then on 4 June 2013, South Korea was on the verge of losing in Lebanon for a second time in the qualifying campaign. However, Kim Chi-woo scored six minutes into stoppage time to give South Korea hope with the 1-1 draw.
  • 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification - AFC Fourth Round - Japan vs Australia, 4 June 2013: Needing a point to secure qualification for the 2014 World Cup, Japan trailed Australia 1-0 on an 81st minute goal from Tommy Oar. But Japan would be awarded a penalty and in the first minute of stoppage time, Keisuke Honda scored on a penalty as the 1-1 draw sent Japan to the 2014 World Cup. It was Japan's fifth straight trip to the World Cup, but the first time that the nation qualified for the tournament on home soil.
  • 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup Group A - Canada vs Martinique, 7 July 2013: The opening match of the 2013 Gold Cup, played in Pasadena's Rose Bowl saw a major upset as Martinique defeated Canada on a goal from Fabrice Reuperne three minutes into stoppage time. Reuperne's only other goal for Martinique came in Kingston, Jamaica during a 2003 CONCACAF Gold Cup qualifier against Saint Lucia and it exacted some revenge from 2002, as he missed his attempt when the teams went to a penalty shootout when the teams met in the tournament's quarter-final 11 years earlier. Martinique's 1-0 victory was only the nation's second ever victory at a CONCACAF Gold Cup, with the only other victory coming on January 21, 2002.[71]
  • 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup Group A - Cuba vs Belize, 16 July 2013: The penultimate group stage match of the 2013 Gold Cup, held at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Connecticut, saw Cuba facing tournament newcomers Belize. Both teams lost their first two group stage matches, but both teams still had a chance at a quarter-final berth. To do so, both teams would have to overturn its goal differential to overtake Martinique; Cuba needed to win by four goals and led 3-0 after Ariel Martinez completed his hat trick in the 84th minute. Three minutes into stoppage time, Yenier Marquez scored the fourth goal that Cuba needed to overtake Martinique for the last quarter-final spot of the tournament. The 4-0 victory was also Cuba's first tournament victory since July 13, 2003.[72]
  • 2014 FIFA World Cup Group G - USA vs Portugal, 23 June 2014: After Portugal leading the match for the first part with a goal by Nani, the USA took the lead with two goals in the second part. In the 94th minute, twenty seconds before the end of the match, Silvestre Varela scored the second goal from Portugal, ending the match on a 2-2 draw, and saving Portugal from being eliminated.
  • 2014 FIFA World Cup Round of 16 - Netherlands vs Mexico, 29 June 2014: With Mexico leading 1-0, Wesley Sneijder scored at the 88th minute for the Dutch to make it 1-1. In the 92nd minute, Arjen Robben was fouled in the penalty box by Mexican captain Rafael Márquez. Dutch substitute Klaas Jan Huntelaar converted the winning penalty to send the Netherlands through to the quarter-finals with a 2-1 victory.

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