OTD: Dennis Bergkamp Scores A Wonderful Goal To Sink Argentina At France 98'
It's exactly 19 years ago since Dennis Bergkamp provided us all with one of the most genius pieces of play in football history.
No, we're not talking about his remarkable flick and finish against Newcastle United - today is the anniversary of one of the greatest goals, and moments, in World Cup history.
Playing for Netherlands against Argentina in a hotly-contested World Cup quarter final in 1998, Bergkamp's guile proved to be the difference in the dying embers of the game.
Extra time was looming, with the score poised at 1-1 as we entered stoppage time. Patrick Kluivert had opened the scoring in the 12th minute before Valencia's Claudio Lopez levelled matters five minutes later.
But as legs were tiring in the final moments, Bergkamp had one last piece of magic in his locker.
Relive that stunning goal, and iconic commentary of Dutchman Jack van Gelder going completely apeshit here:
A long punt up the field from Ronald de Boer was hardly the perfect pass, but through using his innate football brain and craft, he made the absolute most of it.
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Three magical, awe-inspiring touches did the business and saw Bergkamp become his country's all-time top goalscorer.
The first, an inch-perfect trap to take the ball in his stride, the second, a wondrous touch inside the defender, and the third being the powerful finish with the outside of his trusty right boot.
The whole magical move happened in one sequence, in 2.11 seconds, to be exact.
Netherlands would finish the tournament as the fourth best side, having been knocked out by Brazil on penalties at the semi-final stage and defeated by Croatia in the third place play-off.
Zinedine Zidane, playing for Juventus at the time, inspired France to go all the way and lift the trophy on home soil by beating Brazil 3-0 at the Stade de France.
That memorable moment conjured up by Bergkamp remains one of the most legendary World Cup moments, and fans have been sharing their memories of the goal on social media today:
ON THIS DAY: In 1998, Dennis Bergkamp scored one of the greatest goals in World Cup history against Argentina.- Squawka Football (@Squawka) July 4, 2017
Touch. Turn. Finish. :snowflake: pic.twitter.com/IQFEQR4dsT
19 - Exactly 19 years ago, Dennis Bergkamp became all-time Dutch team goalscorer (36 goals), scoring the 2-1 winner v Argentina. Bergkamp! pic.twitter.com/ksvrvF2eCm- OptaJohan (@OptaJohan) July 4, 2017
Dennis Bergkamp, Dennis Bergkamp... https://t.co/KO0WF1POe4- CWaldron (@TheRealCWaldron) July 4, 2017
On this day at the 1998 World Cup...Dennis Bergkamp! Dennis Bergkamp! Dennis Bergkamp! :raised_hands: pic.twitter.com/zPZzTqVSbD- B/R Football (@brfootball) July 4, 2017
Cannot believe this was 19 years ago. Dennis Bergkamp is still so underrated. https://t.co/p3bCpLBk5s- David Hartley (@DavidHartley21) July 4, 2017
Cheers for the goal, Dennis. We'll never forget it...
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