Eight effective substitute appearances after Lewandowski’s five goal haul
Following Robert Lewandowski’s substitute appearance for Bayern Munich, 4/1 with Coral to win the Champions League, against Wolfsburg, which saw the Polish striker come off the bench to score five with the Bundesliga champions trailing 1-0 prior to his introduction to the match, Coral take a look at 10 of the best substitute impacts over the years.
Tim Krul: Netherlands v Costa Rica
Who can forget the impact that the Newcastle United goalkeeper had at the World Cup for his country? Still goalless after 120 minutes of football, Louis van Gaal made what turned out to be a tactical masterstroke bringing the 27-year-old on for Jasper Cillessen.
It seemed this is a decision which affected the psychology of couple of the Costa Rica penalty takers, though Krul’s unconventional antics before each penalty were criticised after.
Henrik Larsson: Barcelona v Arsenal
The ex-Celtic and Manchester United striker came on in the Champions League final for Barcelona in 2006 and although he didn’t score, he changed the dimension of the game to give the Catalan giants momentum, setting up Brazilian right back Juliano Belletti’s goal.
Michael Owen: Manchester United v Manchester City
Already having played his part in helping to restore Liverpool to one of Europe’s biggest clubs while he was there, Owen secured his name in Red Devils’ folklore after his winning strike in the Manchester derby deep into injury when he was brought on in the 4-3 thriller at Old Trafford in 2009.
Steven Naismith: Everton v Chelsea
Instrumental in his side’s recent 3-1 win over the Premier League champions, the Scottish striker came on inside the first 10 minutes and went onto score the perfect hat-trick and was central to everything the Toffees did.
Mario Gotze: Germany v Argentina
Another World Cup gem, a 22-year-old Gotze was brought on as an 88 minute substitute and defined the match with his superbly taken winning goal in the final as Germany beat Argentina 1-0 to lift the trophy.
Lionel Messi: Atletico Madrid v Barcelona
Recently left on the bench by manager Luis Enrique, the Argentine attacker was then introduced on the hour mark, with Barca trailing. Unsurprisingly he notched the winner.
David Trezeguet: France v Italy
Brought on after 75 minutes in the Euro 2000 final for Les Blues, Trezeguet dispatched the golden goal as France beat Italy 2-1 in extra time.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer & Teddy Sheringham: Manchester United v Bayern Munich
This piece would not be complete without mentioning this double act who won the 1999 Champions League final for Man Utd single-handed with two goals in the last two minutes of the game when they were introduced late on.