Thursday 5 December 2019

Five Premier League thrillers that live long in the memory

Adam Lallana's stoppage-time goal earned Liverpool a dramatic win at Norwich
Adam Lallana's stoppage-time goal earned Liverpool a dramatic win at Norwich

Adam Lallana's stoppage-time goal earned Liverpool a 5-4 win at Norwich - the final dramatic act of a thrilling afternoon at Carrow Road.

Reds boss Jurgen Klopp lost his glasses amid wild celebrations on the touchline, the German getting a real taste of the kind of finishes the Premier League can conjure up.

Here, Press Association Sport looks at five other late-goal classics.

Manchester City 3 QPR 2, May 2012

Perhaps the most significant of all, City started this game knowing a win would earn them a first Premier League title but when they went 2-1 down - even against ten men - it looked as though rivals United would take the trophy.

However, Edin Dzeko scored with two minutes of time added on to level and then, memorably, Sergio Aguero (or to quote Martin Tyler, 'Agueroooooooooo') won both the match and the title with 93:20 on the clock.

Liverpool 4 Newcastle 3, April 1996

Sure to feature on everyone's classic list, this was the game which saw Newcastle boss Kevin Keegan slump over the front of the dugout as his side's title chances went up in smoke.

Liverpool came from 2-0 down, only to see Faustino Asprilla make it 3-2 seconds later. Stan Collymore soon levelled and then won it two minutes into added time, with Tyler again taking over with his line of "Collymore closing in".

Newcastle 4 Arsenal 4, February 2011

When Theo Walcott scored for Arsenal 44 seconds into this game it set the tone for a blistering period of away play, with Johan Djourou and Robin van Persie (two) putting Arsenal 4-0 up.

However, the game turned as Abou Diaby saw red for Arsenal and Newcastle mounted a stellar comeback. Two penalties from Joey Barton and a Leon Best goal gave them a foothold, but they still needed a brilliant 87th-minute volley from Cheik Tiote to get a point.

Leicester 3 Arsenal 3, August 1997

Perhaps best remembered for Dennis Bergkamp's brilliant solo goal, this game had far more to it.

The Dutchman's wonder goal was actually to put Arsenal up after Matt Elliott had scored in the third minute of stoppage time for Leicester to make it 2-2, but there was still time for Steve Walsh to score another dramatic goal and make it 3-3.

Chelsea 2 Arsenal 3, October 1999

Arsenal, again! Nigerian Kanu took centre stage as the Gunners mounted a terrific comeback against Chelsea at the Bridge. Headers from Tore Andre Flo and Dan Petrescu got Chelsea 2-0 up, but then Kanu took control.

He pulled two back from close range in regulation time and then, in stoppage time, broke free, skipped past keeper Ed de Goey by the corner flag and then curled in the winner from an improbable angle.

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