Sixy Time – Six best topsy-turvy periods of injury time

Its not just Manchester United who score late, by Danny Harris

Ireland 2 Italy 2

Republic of Ireland were robbed of a credible draw at the weekend, after scoring late only to see their opponents Italy equalise with stunning impertinence.

After the jump, we choose our six favourite similarly chaotic upside-down closing stages:

Everton 2 – 3 Aston Villa
Premier League
December 2008

When Joleon Lescott scored in the third of three allotted injury time minutes, Everton thought they had escaped with a point. Ashley Young had other ideas however, as seconds after the resulting kick-off he scored an extraordinary goal to give Villa the win and all three points.

Manchester United 4-3 Manchester City
Premier League
September 2009

A Michael Owen winner five minutes into injury time led to Sir Alex Ferguson labelling the game as, “the greatest ever Manchester derby.” City thought they had done enough for a draw when Craig Bellamy had just minutes earlier intercepted a slack Rio Ferdinand pass to score past Ben Foster. Enter stage left Michael Owen however.

West Ham United 2- 2 Aston Villa
League Cup
December 1999
Dion Dublin’s goal in injury time was close to initially sending Villa into the 1999 League Cup semi-finals. Yet Alan Wright brought down Paul Kitson seconds later, and Paulo Di Canio stepped up from the spot to equalise. When West Ham won the resulting shoot-out, Wright and co might have been left ruing their complacency but that wasn’t the end of the matter. The game was replayed due to West Ham fielding an ineligible player, and Villa triumphed 3-1 to face Leicester in the semis.

Leicester City 3-3 Arsenal
Premier League
August 1997

The most remarkable game in our list saw Arsenal leading comfortably at 2-0 thanks to two Dennis Bergkamp goals. Heskey got one back and a Matt Elliot deflection in injury time looked set to give the home side a  draw. Bergkamp then scored his third a minute later – Alan Hanson describing it as the denouement of the best hat-trick he’d ever seen. Yet there was still time for Steve Walsh to score another equaliser

Argentina 2-1 Peru
World Cup Qualifier
October 2009
With failure to qualify for the World Cup a real possibility, Argentina went into this game needing to win. Real Madrid’s Higuain scored a goal on his debut, but Peru equalised in the last minute of normal time to the shock of the home crowd. However, a tap-in for veteran Martin Palermo in injury time – recalled after 10 years in the international wilderness – secured a dramatic late win for a relieved Diego Maradona.

Arsenal 3-2 Manchester United
FA Cup Final

May 1979

Arsenal looked set to walk home with the cup following two first half goals in front of a packed attendance of 100,000. United clawed one back and five minutes from time scored a dramatic equaliser courtesey of Gordon McQueen. Most United fans were still cheering when Alan Sunderland scored a winner for Arsenal minutes later. Only when they saw the other part of the stadium dancing in the stands did they realise they were once more in arrears
Missed out your favourite double-edged injury time comeback? Don’t be shy. Let us know below.


7 responses so far
  • Zac // October 12, 2009 at 5:24 pm

    What about Chelsea 1-1 Barcelona (2009 Champions league)game?

  • Jeff // October 12, 2009 at 6:20 pm

    Someone please find the tottenham game from 2 seasons ago. I think it ended 4-3. I forgot who its from but if someone knows it would be greatly appreciated

  • Sunny // October 12, 2009 at 7:04 pm

    To the above comment, it was West Ham vs Tottenham. West Ham were 3-2 up with 5 minutes to go. Berba equalised in the 89th and Stalteri won it in the 94th minute. Amazing game.

  • taricco // October 12, 2009 at 10:01 pm

    99 Champions League final anyone?

  • BigBird // October 13, 2009 at 5:47 am

    2005 CL final

  • Joshtree // October 13, 2009 at 7:10 am

    The 2001 Bundesliga Final?

  • Eliot Pollak // October 13, 2009 at 9:20 am

    I think the point of Danny’s piece was injury time periods in which both teams scored. So we discounted the ’99 final, Chelsea Barca and West Ham Spurs, as although they were fantastic ends to the game, they didn’t quite fit our criteria.

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