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The term "last-minute goal" is used in sport, primarily association football, to describe a goal scored very late in a game, usually one that affects the outcome of the game. The definition of a "last-minute goal" commonly used is one scored either in the final or penultimate minute of regulation time or extra time, or during stoppage time or injury time.
Last-minute goals are often noteworthy if it allows the scoring team to either take the lead or to equalise.
The "golden goal", briefly used to decide extra time in some tournaments, is not usually considered a last-minute goal, unless they were scored late into extra time. Penalties scored in a shootout are not considered last-minute goals.
Notable last-minute goals
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
Only matches in the semi-finals and final of European club competitions that changed the outcome of the tie.
- 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 40-yard shot from Real Zaragoza's Nayim cleared Arsenal goalkeeper David Seaman, winning the cup for Zaragoza.
- 1999 UEFA Champions League Final (and The Treble) – Manchester United vs. Bayern Munich, 26 May 1999: 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 (assisted by Ryan Giggs) and Ole Gunnar Solskjær (assisted by Teddy Sheringham) turned the game on its head and won the match for United. The goals, timed at 90'+0:36 and 90'+2:17, came so late that the trophy already had Bayern ribbons attached to it.
- 2004–05 UEFA Cup semi-final – AZ vs. Sporting CP, 5 May 2005: With both legs of the semi-final having ended 2–1 to the home side, the match went to extra time. AZ went 3–1 ahead and were heading for the final until Miguel Garcia scored a headed goal at 120'+1:13 to make it 3–2 and 4–4 on aggregate, with Sporting progressing to the final on the away goals rule.
- 2005–06 UEFA Cup – Middlesbrough: English club Middlesbrough reached the final phase on the strength of two last-minute goals that overturned 3–0 aggregate deficits. On 6 April, 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 once to level the series on aggregate, but Middlesbrough still trailed by virtue of away goals. Massimo Maccarone completed the comeback, sending Middlesbrough to the semi-final. A similar situation unfolded nearly three weeks later on 27 April, when Middlesbrough headed into its second leg trailing 1–0 to Steaua București. 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, this time in the 89th minute, to hand the home fans at Riverside Stadium another memorable comeback.
- 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 second leg 1–0 up and on course to reach the final. Barcelona, its own high standards, were poor on the night, failing to register one shot on target. Chelsea had six penalty appeals turned down, and Barcelona had to play almost half an hour with ten men. Then, with the clock timed at 90'+2:10, Andrés Iniesta scored for Barcelona to give them the crucial away goal that sent them to the final, and ultimately victory over holders Manchester United, reaching a Treble.
- 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 Ivanović 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 Europa League for Chelsea.
- 2013 UEFA Super Cup – Bayern 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.
- 2014 UEFA Champions League Final – Real Madrid vs. Atlético Madrid, 25 May 2014: In the first Champions League final with two clubs from the same city, a 36th-minute Diego Godín goal had given Atlético the lead. Sergio Ramos equalised for Real Madrid in the third minute of added time to send the game to extra time. Goals from Gareth Bale, Marcelo and Cristiano Ronaldo (with a 120th-minute penalty) meant Real Madrid won the game 4–1.
- 2015–16 UEFA Europa League quarter-final – Liverpool vs. Borussia Dortmund, 14 April 2016: With Dortmund set to qualify for the semi-finals on away goals, Dejan Lovren scored in the added time to reverse the tie.
Only finals of primary national domestic cups are included in this section.
- 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 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.
- 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 into the ground and 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.
- 2004 Russian Cup Final – Terek 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. One of Terek Grozny's key players that season was Andrei Fedkov — his winning goal against Shinnik Yaroslavl on 5 May 2004 sent Terek Grozny to the Russian Cup final. But on 9 May 2004, Chechen President Akhmad Kadyrov was assassinated during a Victory Day parade in Grozny. 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.
- 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'+0:08. Liverpool went on to win the match on penalties.
- 2009 Russian Cup Final – CSKA Moscow vs. Rubin Kazan, 31 May 2009: CSKA played most of the cup final with ten men following a red card issued to Pavel Mamayev against reigning league champions Rubin Kazan. CSKA won its fifth cup final with Evgeni Aldonin scoring two minutes into stoppage time to steal a 1–0 victory.
- 2011 Danish Cup Final – Nordsjælland vs 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 2 June and an international match date was already allocated for 2 June). Nordsjælland and Midtjylland were tied at 2–2 until Søren Christensen scored two minutes into extra time to give Nordsjælland its second-straight Danish Cup with a 3–2 victory.
- 2011–12 Liechtenstein Cup Final – USV Eschen/Mauren vs 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 Manojlović penalty in the 68th minute, 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 Manjolović scoring in the shootout, the latter giving USV Eschen/Mauren its first cup final victory since 1987.
- 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 into 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'+0:09) to give Wigan the FA Cup trophy in a 1–0 victory over 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.
- 2016 Scottish Cup Final – Rangers vs. Hibernian, 21 May 2016: Heading into stoppage time, the scoreline was tied at 2–2. Looking like the match would go into extra time, Hibernian won a corner. Liam Henderson delivered a cross and their captain David Gray scored to win the match for Hibs. It was their first Scottish Cup since 1902.
- 2017 Scottish Cup Final – Celtic vs. Aberdeen, 27 May 2017: With 92 minutes on the clock and the game all square at 1–1, Tom Rogic picked up the ball 40 yards out and dribbled into the area before firing a low shot past Joe Lewis in the Aberdeen goal. Rogic's goal clinched the Scottish Cup for Celtic, completing both a treble and an unbeaten domestic season.
Only matches that affected whether a team would win the title or be relegated are included in this section.
- 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, led 1–0 at 90 minutes, and in the last minute of injury-time (90'+1:22), 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 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, winning it for the fourth time in history.
- 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 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 Bundesliga – Hamburger SV vs. Bayern Munich, 19 May 2001: The final day of the Bundesliga season saw Bayern Munich in the lead to Schalke 04 by three points. Due to their inferior goal difference, Bayern needed at least a draw at their match at Hamburg 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 40 years, Schalke fans ran onto the pitch to celebrate the title, despite though the match in Hamburg not being 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 league champions for the 17th time in its 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 on goal difference 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 the league 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. 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.
- 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. Seventeen 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 ten 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.
- 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, 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. Queens 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 eight. With five minutes added to the total of 90 minutes, and QPR having a lead of 1–2 with ten 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 90'+1:15 and Aguero's goal at 90'+3:20 – 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 lost nine of its last ten matches and was outscored 30–12 in those matches. Its survival efforts needed help from Getafe and Atlético Madrid, who were facing Real Zaragoza and Villarreal 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. Raúl Tamudo, however, scored one minute into stoppage time to save Rayo from relegation with a 1–0 victory. With those results, Rayo, Zaragoza and Granada (despite the loss) survived at Villarreal's expense.
- 2012–13 Football League One – Brentford vs. Doncaster Rovers, 27 April 2013: Brentford and Doncaster 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. 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 as well as Doncaster's promotion to the Championship and consigning Brentford to the play-offs.
- 2012–13 Football League Championship – Hull City vs. Cardiff City and Watford vs. Leeds United, 4 May 2013: Watford and Hull City were both fighting for 2nd place and automatic promotion to the 2013–14 Premier League. Hull were 2–1 up and in the 91st minute, they were awarded a penalty which could have sealed their 2nd place spot. Hull missed their penalty, and in the 93rd minute, Cardiff were awarded a penalty, which was converted by Nicky Maynard, bringing the score to 2–2. After a serious injury delayed the match, the Watford game was fifteen minutes behind the Hull game, so with the score at 1–1, Watford knew that a win would secure their promotion to the Premier League. In the 89th minute Leeds scored to make it 2–1. The scores stayed that way and promotion for Hull was assured.
- 2012–13 Football League Championship – Watford vs. Leicester City, 12 May 2013: Leicester won the first match at home 1–0, and with the score 2–1 to Watford, the game was heading to overtime. But in the 90+6' minute, Leicester were given a penalty after a foul on Anthony Knockaert in the box. 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 90'+6:52.
- 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 by one point in the race to avoid relegation to the Football League One. Doncaster, however, had a poorer goal differential entering its match at Leicester City. Birmingham travelled to Bolton needing to earn a better result than Doncaster 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, but Nikola Žigić scored two minutes later to put Birmingham in contention. However, Leicester had scored in the 75th minute to go up, and had the results stayed that way, Doncaster would be safe. Three minutes into stoppage time, however, Paul Caddis headed from close range to ensure Birmingham would stay in the Football League Championship for the 2014–15 season. The 1–0 loss at Leicester sent Doncaster to the third division.
- 2013–14 2. Bundesliga Relegation-Promotion Play-off – Arminia Bielefeld vs Darmstadt 98, 19 May 2014: Darmstadt 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, Darmstadt 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 Darmstadt through on away goals. Its qualification to the 2. Bundesliga was all the more impressive considering the club finished 16th the prior season and was supposed to be relegated to the Regionalliga, except that one team was not granted a license, thus sparing Darmstadt relegation.
- 2014 Football League Championship play-off Final – Queens Park Rangers vs Derby County, 24 May 2014: Nearly nine years after scoring the only goal to send West Ham United into the Premier League in a play-off final, Bobby Zamora scored in the 90th minute to send QPR back to the Premier League with a 90th-minute goal in a 1–0 victory over Derby.
- 2013–14 Segunda Division Play-off Final – Las Palmas vs. Córdoba, 22 June 2014: Despite finishing seventh in the 2013–14 Segunda División, Córdoba qualified for the end-of-season promotion play-offs as Barcelona's reserve team finished third, but, as a reserve team, were ineligible to play in La Liga. Córdoba reached the final by defeating Real Murcia and set up a meeting with sixth-placed 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 ten minutes. After order was restored, Cordoba had roughly 30 seconds remaining when Ulises Dávila, on loan from Chelsea, scored the tying goal to send Córdoba to La Liga for the first time in 42 years.
- 2016-17 EFL League Two – Newport County vs. Notts County, 6 May 2017: Newport County went into the match just two points above Hartlepool United, needing a win to confirm their stay in the Football League. A brace by Hartlepool United's Devante Rodney put his side 2–1 up against Doncaster Rovers, leaving Newport County in 23rd and seven minutes away from relegation as they were drawing 1–1 at the time. In the 89th minute, Newport County defender Mark O'Brien chested a cross down and volleyed it into the bottom corner from inside the penalty box, putting his team 2–1 up and sending Hartlepool United back into 23rd position. It was O'Brien's second goal in his career, his first for Newport County, and ultimately proved to be the game-winning goal for Newport County, who stayed up in League Two. Despite defeating Doncaster Rovers, Hartlepool United wound up being relegated from the Football League after 96 years. The result also proved to be unfortunate for Doncaster Rovers, as their fourth consecutive loss cost them the League Two title.
Only matches in the World Cup knockout stage, Olympic finals and the semi-final or final of continental competitions are included in this section.
- 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. The goal by Platt at the time was the latest goal ever scored at a World Cup, a record broken in 2006.
- 1992 Summer Olympics final – Poland vs. Spain, 8 August 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.
- 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 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 Final – France vs Italy, 2 July 2000: Marco Delvecchio gave Italy the lead in the 55th minute and they held on until the final minute of injury time, when Sylvain Wiltord crashed a low drive past Italian keeper Francesco Toldo to take the game into extra time. France won the game in extra-time.
- 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.
- 2004 Copa América Final – Brazil vs Argentina, 25 July 2004: The Argentinians got the lead at the 87th minute. During the third minute of injury time, Adriano equalized. Brazil won the subsequent penalty shootout for a continental title.
- 2006 AFC Challenge Cup quarter-finals – Kyrgyzstan vs Palestine, 9 April 2006: At Dhaka's Bangabandhu Stadium in Bangladesh, Ruslan Djamshidov scored one minute into stoppage time to send Kyrgyzstan into the semi-finals with a 1–0 victory over Palestine.
- 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 after 90 minutes of regular time played, 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 and was awarded a controversial penalty, which was scored by Francesco Totti, thus eliminating Australia from the World Cup. Totti's goal against Australia remained the latest goal scored in regulation at a FIFA World Cup until 2018, when Neymar scored against Costa Rica in the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
- 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 round of 16 match against Australia with a 95th-minute penalty from Francesco Totti. ; Grosso & Del Piero's goals remained the latest goals scored in any FiFA World Cup match until the 2014 FIFA World Cup, when Germany played against Algeria in the 2014 World Cup round of 16.
- 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup Semi-finals – Japan vs. England, 1 July 2015: In the second semi-final match, reigning champions Japan faced England, who reached the semi-finals for the first time. Both teams scored one goal each in the first half of the match from penalties. The score was still 1–1 until the second minute of stoppage time, when Laura Bassett committed an own goal while attempting to clear the ball off the English goal line. Japan lost their title to U.S., their former opponent in the final round four years ago in Germany, after a 2–5 defeat. England, however, went on to beat Germany 1–0 to secure third place.
- Other notable examples include 2010 FIFA World Cup Final - Spain vs Netherlands: Andrés Iniesta scored the only goal of the match in the 116th minute, giving Spain the World Cup victory; 2014 FIFA World Cup Final - Germany vs Argentina: Mario Gotze scored the only goal of the match in the 113th minute, giving Germany the World Cup victory.
- 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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