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David Beckham Listens Back To Commentary Of Iconic Greece Goal On 20th Anniversary

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David Beckham Listens Back To Commentary Of Iconic Greece Goal On 20th Anniversary

David Beckham couldn't help but smirk in a recently uploading Instagram video, where the former England captain listened back to the commentary of his iconic free-kick against Greece.

On the 20th anniversary of the strike, which took England to the 2002 World Cup Finals in Japan/South Korea, the video shows Beckham reacting to the radio commentary at the time of Alan Green.

England were 2-1 down against heading into injury time, when the side's genius number 7 placed the ball down from 25 yards out.

The Three Lions knew that a draw would be enough to guarantee them of top spot in their Qualifying group - and therefore of a place at the following summer's finals.

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Image Credit: PA
Image Credit: PA

A defeat to Greece would have meant having to negotiate the playoffs, which is never an easy or simple task.

As fate would have it, Beckham stepped up to hit one of the most iconic freekicks in the history of the game.

The image of Beckham, arms open to the celebrating Old Trafford crowd, is seared into the memory of every fan who witnessed the goal.

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For those who only heard the moment play out on the radio, the drama was no less impactful.

Alan Green's BBC radio commentary paints a fantastic picture of the ensuing madness following the goal.

Even Beckham, listening back all these years later, appears to be moved by the Irish broadcasters words.


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"It had to be Beckham, England's Man of the Match!" Green excitedly bellows after the midfielders' shot hits the back of the net.

Alongside the clip, the Inter Miami owner wrote: 'Twenty years ago today and my first time listening to this commentary... To represent my country, to Captain my country, to score a goal for the fans, and to do it all at Old Trafford.'

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PSG star Marco Verratti commented on Beckham's video, sharing a love heart and a praise emoji, while Spurs forward Lucas Moura simply responded with, "legend".

20 years on, it still remains one of Engish football's greatest ever moments.


Topics: Greece, David Beckham, England, Old Trafford, Sven Goran Eriksson

Tom Fenton
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