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On This Day In 2001: David Beckham Scored A Last Minute Free-Kick Against Greece

On This Day In 2001: David Beckham Scored A Last Minute Free-Kick Against Greece

If there's one footballer synonymous with taking a free-kick, then David Beckham would be right at the top of many people's list.

The former Manchester United star could -- and would -- captivate people around the world with his ability to find the back of the net, with an unbelievable ability to curve the ball and the accuracy needed to create some of the most memorable moments in football history.

And that's exactly what happened 18 years ago today.

Beckham's stunning strike against Greece allowed England to qualify for the 2002 World Cup and the rest is history.

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The stage was perfectly set for the England international at Old Trafford. Sven-Göran Eriksson's side were losing to Greece 2-1 and were desperate for a miracle that would avoid them from taking on Ukraine in a play-off match.

So, it was only fitting for Beckham to step over the ball during injury time and, well, the rest is now history.

England didn't win the 2002 World Cup, obviously, but at least fans had the opportunity to dream about football coming home.

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Credit: PA
Credit: PA

Beckham's glittering football career might be over, but he has big plans in the pipeline for his upcoming MLS team, Inter Miami.

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