Heartbreaks are frequent in football. The game rewards as it does dissapoint. While one walks away with the trophy, another team ponders where they went wrong. But some matches are so close that there’s not even scope for lamenting. We take a look at 5 such games which were too close to call.
5. Argentina v Germany, 2014 FIFA World Cup Final
Lionel Messi was destined to get his hands on the World Cup in 2014 in Brazil when he came up against Germany in the Final of the tournament and took the match to extra time. An odd substitution in the extra time saw Mario Goetze come on, who eventually scored past Sergio Romero to give Germany the trophy in extra time. The game was perfectly orchestrated by the Albeceiste but one moment of brilliance meant the game was over before they knew.
4. Tottenham Hotspurs v Manchester City, 2018-19 UEFA Champions League Quarterfinals
This will be a game Spurs fans will remember for a long long time. Man City came away with a 2-0 win away from Wembley to the Etihad. Spurs responded brilliantly on the night scoring through Son and Llorente. However, City fought back to level aggregate scores time and again through Bernardo Silva, Aguero. City thought they had won the game in extra time when Sterling finished past Lloris but VAR ruled it out. The tension and excitement within the Etihad was unbelievable.
3. Spain v Netherlands, 2010 FIFA World Cup Final
Another extra time winner. It was Spain who were fabulous throughout the 2010 World Cup in South Africa as they beat Italy and Germany to reach the Finals. Netherlands fought tooth and nail in the Final but couldn’t find a goal to go ahead. Spain waited and waited and ultimately Iniesta converted in teh dying minutes of extra time to hand Spain their first World Cup.
2. Real Madrid v Atletico Madrid, 2015-16 UEFA Champions League Final
In a repeat of the 2014 Champions League Final, Real and Atletico crossed swords again at the San Siro in Milan. The game finished 1-1 and went into extra time. It was finally decided on penalties which Real won 5-3. The game had significance because Real were going through a rough phase with change of coaches and backroom staff and Atletico had won the La Liga that season, exerting their dominance on the Spanish game.
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1. Bayern Munich v Manchester United, 1998-99 UEFA Champions League Final
One of the greatest Champions League Finals ever, Manchester United were the last English team to win a continental treble (league, domestic Cup and the Champions League). This was a game in the Camp Nou that still lives on in the memories of fans. The match pulled to injury time level when a Beckham corner was smashed home by Ole Gunner Solskjaer to give United their Champions League and treble crown. Stuff made up of dreams, truly.