Greatest Football Matches Ever

MatthewA By MatthewA, 1st Dec 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Football, the beautiful game, has had many great matches. The classic matches are usually great cup finals of some description or another, but also games in the later stages of the knockout phases. They are usually matches for the biggest prizes.

England 4 - Germany 2: 1966

This must be included for England. At any rate, even for the neutral this was a great World Cup final. In 90 minutes, with England seemingly heading for a 2-1 victory they would be pegged back to 2-2 late in the game. Famously, in extra time the match would get all the better, with a controversial third goal that barely crossed the line (it did). The fourth goal was a great strike from Hurst, which capped off a classic World Cup final.

Italy 4 - Germany 3: 1970

This was the semi-final of the 1970 World Cup. In addition, what a semi-final it was too! For Italy overcame one of the great German teams to make it to the final, but were given some game. In 90 minutes, the German late equalizer made it 1-1. The extra time, however, would see the game see saw, with Germany's Muller putting them 2-1 up only for Italy to regain the lead at 3-2. Unwilling to lie, the Germans would equalize again, only for a late Italy goal to seal it at 4-3. In addition, with that, clinch a place in the World Cup final.

Brazil 4 - Italy 1: 1970

Undoubtedly, this era had some of the best teams and games seen in a World Cup. The 1970 World Cup final was not quite the close encounter between England and Germany, but it was a great game simply because of the fine football that Brazil played in the final. Italy were a very strong team, but against Pele, Alberto and co in the final they could do precious little as Brazil strolled to victory to become the last team to lift the Jules Rimet trophy.

England 3 - Hungary 6: 1953

This was not a World Cup match, but for an international game, it was a lesson to England and a great showing from Hungary. Nine goals, is not a bad return from any game, even if the Hungarians scored six of them. They were simply too good, boasting a unique style of play and system they would make light work of the English, and became the first team to beat England on their own turf.

CD Alaves 4 - Liverpool 5: 2001

This UEFA Cup final provided one of the best European finals. Played out between Liverpool and Alaves of Spain whom were somewhat underdogs going into the final. However, to their credit they pushed Liverpool all the way, after falling behind a couple of times in the game only to be level at 4-4 into extra time. Then they had two players sent off and a goal disallowed; and an own goal gave Liverpool the fifth winning goal near the end.

Real Madrid 4 - Reims 3: 1956

The first European Cup final was also one of the best. Reims started well, and went two goals up. However, Madrid would come back and equalize before half time courtesy of Rial. A 3rd goal for Reims would put them ahead again in the second half, only for Real to win the game and the first final with two goals towards the end. Truly a great game, and the beginning of Real's era of European dominance.

Argentina 3 - West Germany 2: 1986

This was one of the best World Cup finals. Played between two great teams, it had five goals. Argentina would twice lead, only for Germany to equalize twice. The third and decisive goal would come five minutes from the end, courtesy of Burruchaga, to seal a 3-2 win for Argentina.

Blackpool 4 - Bolton 3: 1953

This was a classic FA Cup final that yielded seven goals and a starring role from Stanley. After scoring within the opening minutes, Bolton were 3-1 up in the second half. From here, Matthews would set up Blackpool's three goals that gave them a 4-3 victory with a late 92 minute goal from Perry. Mortenson was also the first player to score a hat-trick in the FA Cup final. Bolton had surrendered the cup, and for Blackpool it was a great final victory.

Arguably, those are some of football's greatest games. Be it in the World Cup, FA Cup or European competitions, they provided goals (and lots of them), drama, controversy and great performances from players and teams.


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