There are now only three months left until the World Cup takes over our lives once again, but you don’t have to wait that long to feel the emotions that the tournament brings.
Let’s travel through time and look at some of the best last minute goals scored in the last five World Cups.
JAMES RODRIGUEZ [Colombia vs Japan – 2014]
We’ve all seen James Rodriguez’s wonder goal against Uruguay, for which he won the Puskas Award in 2014. A goal that hasn’t been celebrated as much is another wonderful one that he scored against Japan in the group stage. With the win already in the bag, James makes a fool out of a defender before chipping the goalkeeper to make it 4-1. How will he do in Russia?
LIONEL MESSI [Argentina vs Iran – 2014]
“Messi — give it to him and pray,” says the commentator, and he’s right. Messi answered the Argentine prayers with this gorgeous last minute long shot in Argentina’s group stage game against Iran. Unlike James’ goal, the game wasn’t already decided. It was actually Messi’s goal that gave Argentina the three points.
HARIS SEFEROVIC [Switzerland vs Ecuador – 2014]
Switzerland vs Ecuador in the group stage might not be the most exciting game in a World Cup, but special moments like this one make these games easy to remember. Following 90+ minutes of action, Valon Behrami charged up the field as if it the game had just started, and then Ricardo Rodriguez played an inch-perfect ball for Haris Seferovic, who couldn’t miss from a close range. Ecuador were heartbroken, as Switzerland took the first step towards the knockout stages.
LANDON DONOVAN [USA vs Algeria – 2010]
Millions of Americans went from agony to cloud nine, as Landon Donovan put the ball in the net from a rebound, following Clint Dempsey’s saved attempt. The goal meant that the U.S. would be returning to the round of 16, as well as winning their group, finishing over England. It was one of many fine moments for Donovan in a U.S. jersey.
OLIVER NEUVILLE [Germany vs Poland – 2006]
Oliver Neuville and David Odonkor won’t be in too many history books about the German national team, but they did combine for one of the most eccentric moments of the 2006 World Cup. Playing in home soil, it looked like Germany would fail to get the win against Poland, but Odonkor used his outstanding pace and a great cross to assist Neuville for the winner. Delirium ensues.
ROBBIE KEANE [Republic of Ireland vs Germany – 2002]
Ireland went on make the round of 16 with a convincing win over Saudi Arabia in the last group stage game, but before that, they were able to steal a point in the last-minute against eventual runners-up Germany. Robbie Keane, who else, was the one to score with the time running out.
DENNIS BERGKAMP [Netherlands vs Argentina – 1998]
Simply put, this is one of the most iconic moments in World Cup history. Just listen to the commentator’s reaction and you’ll understand.