Coral look at 10 last-gasp sporting triumphs
These encounters were decided at the death
Sport is rarely straightforward. In many cases, the most intense sporting occasions are decided by sensational events in the dying moments.
Whether it be a league title victory, a last lap recovery or an incredible mishap, sometimes it’s the final knockings of a contest that provide the most drama.
In honour of Castleford’s dramatic last-minute victory over St Helens in Super League, the Coral News Team look back at 10 other dramatic finishes from the world of sport…
Amiens win promotion, 2016-17
Going into the final game of the Ligue 2 season, six sides were still in with a chance of winning promotion.
After a night of twists and turns, it was Amiens who prevailed. Emmanuel Bourgaud scored a dramatic 96th-minute winner to clinch promotion at the expense of Lens, who had earlier occupied second spot. –
Manchester City v Queens Park Rangers, 2012-13
You’ve heard that famous commentary back over a thousand times. But even now Sergio Aguero’s 94th minute winner to secure the title against QPR on the final day of the season remains every bit as magical.
With the game locked at 2-2, Mario Balotelli slipped in Aguero who rode a challenge before firing past Paddy Kenny in the visiting goal. Cue pandemonium at the Etihad as City secured a first title since 1968 in incredible fashion.
Watford v Leicester, 2012-13
Watford made it to the Championship play-off final in the most dramatic of circumstances at Vicarage Road. In a quite incredible phase of play, Leicester were initially awarded a penalty, which, if scored, would have sent them through to the Wembley final.
Anthony Knockaert stepped up and saw his spot-kick saved by Manuel Almunia. The Hornets then broke up the other end before Troy Deeney slammed home a last-gasp winner.
Carl Froch v Jermain Taylor, 2009
A hugely dramatic conclusion to this WBC super middleweight title fight saw Carl Froch knockout his opponent out with 14 seconds remaining of the final round.
Froch retained his belt and his unbeaten record in his third fight on American soil.
England v New Zealand, 2008 ODI
England snatched defeat from the jaws of victory in the fourth ODI at The Oval. The hosts needed only to restrict the Kiwis to a single run from the final ball of the final over to take a 2-1 lead in the series.
It soon went wrong, though. Mark Gillespie scampered the initial single but eked out a further run after Graeme Swann’s throw at the stumps was too powerful.
Brazilian Grand Prix, 2008
Lewis Hamilton required only a fifth-place finish at Interlagos in order to secure a maiden Drivers’ World Championship. However, the Brit didn’t account for a deluge of rain in the final moments of the race.
The McLaren racer struggled in the wet, dropping down to sixth place. But as Timo Glock faltered, Hamilton saw his chance. With one corner remaining, Hamilton overtook the Toyota driver to clinch fifth place and secure the points he needed to claim the title from an inconsolable Felipe Massa.
England v Australia, 2003 Rugby World Cup
Perhaps the most talked about last-gasp winner in English sporting history. After a tense final, in which only two tries had been scored, the game headed into extra time locked at 14-14.
Jonny Wilkinson and Elton Flatley both scored penalties to make it 17-17. With precious time remaining it was Wilkinson who wrote himself in the sporting history books. The fly-half kicked a drop-goal in the last minute to secure a first ever World Cup win for England.
Carlisle United v Plymouth Argyle, 1998-99
This fixture will forever be remembered because of one man – Jimmy Glass. The on-loan Swindon Town goalkeeper popped up in the final seconds to give the hosts a crucial 2-1 win and preserve their Football League status.
Nigel Pearson’s Cumbrians survived at the expense of Scarborough. The Seadogs have never truly recover from Glass’s heroics.
Liverpool v Arsenal, 1988-89
Another championship decider, this time at Anfield. Arsenal needed to win by two goals to wrestle the title away from the clutches of their hosts.
Amazingly they did just that. Alan Smith made it 1-0 in the second half before Michael Thomas chipped over Bruce Grobbelaar in injury time. It was enough to hand the Gunners their first title since 1971.
Pittsburgh Steelers v Oakland Raiders, 1972
You may not be familiar with the conclusion of the Steelers-Raiders playoff game in 1972. But suffice to say it was one of the most dramatic in NFL history.
In the final seconds of the game, the Steelers scored their only touchdown of the match when Francos Harris caught a deflected pass and drove 60-yards to score. Despite huge controversy over John Fuqua’s role, the play stood and the Steelers prevailed 13-7.
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