bill-swift - May 16, 2012
Sunday's events will live long in the memory, not just for those of the Blue and Red persuasion in Manchester but for soccer fans around the entire world.
City fans were prepared to turn to religion and sacrifice their first born child for a goal and Sergio Aguero's 94th minute winner was so dramatic that it caused grown men to weep openly.
However in Sunderland, United supporters were left to think back to their past glories so that they could soften their loss but it still wasn't enough to ease the pain.
But how does it do compare to other Soccer finales from yesteryear? What are the most dramatic final minutes in the sport's history. Well, here are three games that will definitely rank up there with the achievement's of Roberto Mancini's men on the weekend.
1999 - Manchester United 2 Bayern Munich 1. United's own late show 13 years ago will go down in history. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Teddy Sheringham both came off the bench in Barcelona to score two goals in a minute and help lead Sir Alex Ferguson's men to an historic treble.
1989 - Liverpool 0 Arsenal 2. Arsenal went into this game in second place needing to beat the Championship leaders Liverpool by two goals to secure the title on goal difference. 1-0 up going into injury time, the North London club fashioned one final chance which saw Mickey Thomas score the crucial second and bring the trophy to Highbury. Preposterous stuff.
2005 - Liverpool 3 AC Milan 3. Liverpool miraculously reached the 2005 Champions League final with a frankly horrific set of players. They came up against a well-oiled and extremely talented AC Milan side that raced into a 3-0 lead come the end of the first half. Cue second period goals from Gerrard, Smicer and Xabi Alonso to take the English side to penalties that they would go on to win. It was enough to make even John Lennon rise from the dead. That's a lie but he probably wished he had.
Article by Gregory Wakeman
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