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The most dramatic stoppage time goals in Champions League history

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The most dramatic stoppage time goals in Champions League history

The Champions League is back and to celebrate we’ve looked at some of the most dramatic 90th minute goals in the history of the competition.

During the group stages of this year’s tournament, nine different Champions League matches saw stoppage time goals to change the overall result, meaning Betfair paid out on two different outcomes in those games thanks to 90 Minute Payout. Their ‘Match Odds 90’ market means if your match odds selection is winning as the clock hits 90:00, it is settled as a winner, no matter what happens in stoppage time!.

Betfair will then also payout on the final result too, meaning they can pay out on two results within the same game! This payout will be running again for the Champions League knockouts as well as all football matches on the Betfair Sportsbook.


Now let’s have a look at 10 of the most dramatic stoppage time goals in Champions League history…

Bayern Munich vs Man United - 1999 - Sheringham & Solskjaer

We start with arguably the most famous last-minute goal in a Champions League final. At the Camp Nou in 1999, German powerhouses Bayern Munich took on the English champions Man United. It was the perfect start for Bayern as Mario Basler put Ottmar Hitzfeld’s side 1-0 up within six minutes.

The game stayed that way until the 90th minute when the fourth official’s board went up to signal three additional minutes. Into the 91st minute,, David Beckham swung a corner in from the left and after Bayern half-cleared the ball, a shot went towards Oliver Kahn’s goal and it was diverted in by substitute Teddy Sheringham.

Not content with only scoring one in additional time, the Red Devils were awarded another corner. This time Ole Gunnar Solskjaer turned home to create one of the most dramatic endings to a UCL final ever. With goals in the 91st and 93rd minute, it’s safe to say Man United left it rather late.

Ajax vs Spurs - 2019 - Lucas Moura

After losing 1-0 at home, Spurs had the unenviable task of travelling to the Netherlands to try and overcome a deficit against an Ajax side with the likes of Matthijs de Ligt, Dusan Tadic and Hakim Ziyech, with the winner making it through to the Champions League final.

The task was made even harder when Ajax went 2-0 up in the first half with goals from de Ligt and Ziyech. Tottenham needed a miracle.

Step forward Lucas Moura. Goals in the 55th and 59th minute from the Brazilian meant that Spurs needed just one more goal to level the game up, knowing that they would have away goals in their favour.

As the clock ticked into the 95th minute. Dele Alli threaded the ball to Moura who tucked home to send them into the Champions League final and create pandemonium amongst the Spurs bench and fans.

Lazio vs Atlético Madrid - 2023- - Ivan Provedal

90th minute goals are always dramatic, however Lazio decided to add even more drama to their late strike against Atlético Madrid when their goalkeeper equalised.

Ivan Provedal spent most of the game between the posts, however with 94 on the back of his shirt, in the 94th minute, the keeper headed home from a cross to start the 2023/24 UCL group stages in incredible fashion.


Barcelona vs Chelsea - 2012 - Fernando Torres

The goal that gave us Gary Neville’s ‘goalgasm’. After a 1-0 win at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea went to the Camp Nou with hope of reaching the final. However after a frantic first half, the London side found themselves not only 2-1 down on the night against Barcelona, but also a man down after John Terry’s red card.

With Chelsea still going through on away goals, Barcelona still needed to score and in the 90th minute, the ball was cleared from the Chelsea box and Torres was through on goal with only the keeper to beat. The Spaniard rounded the keeper and tucked the ball in the net to send Roberto Di Matteo’s men into the final.

Real Madrid vs Man City - 2022 - Rodrygo (2) & Benzema

After a thrilling 4-3 win for Man City in the first leg, Real Madrid hosted the Citizens with a place in the final up for grabs.

With Riyad Mahrez scoring in the Bernabeu after 73 minutes to make it 5-3 to City on aggregate, the travelling fans thought it was done, Real Madrid, however, had different ideas. Rodrygo scored in the 90th minute to give Los Blancos hope, which then turned into elation when Rodrygo doubled his tally a minute later, making it 5-5 on aggregate.

Real Madrid were then awarded a penalty in the fifth minute of extra time which Karim Benzema converted making it three goals in five minutes to give Real Madrid an incredible UCL comeback.

With Betfair’s 90 minute payout, winning bets on their ‘Match Odds 90’ market will be paid out in full at 90 minutes, regardless of the full time result. That’s right, no matter what happens in stoppage time, ,, you’ll be paid out meaning these incredibly dramatic goals would have no effect on your bet. Don’t worry, if your selection isn’t winning at 90 minutes, but scores an injury-time winner or equaliser, you’ll be paid out too.

Man Utd vs Porto - 2004 - Costinha

After a 2-1 win in Porto, Jose Mourinho took his side to Old Trafford in a Last 16 clash. Paul Scholes restored parity in the tie in the first half, giving Man Utd the away goal advantage.

With Porto’s dreams fading away, Benni McCathy stood over a free-kick in stoppage time. His shot at goal wasn’t dealt with by United goalkeeper Tim Howard and Costinha pounced on the rebound. It sent Porto fans into raptures as Jose Mourinho announced himself on the world stage by running down the Old Trafford touchline.

Barcelona vs PSG - 2017 - Sergi Roberto

Barcelona went into the second leg of their tie against PSG with nobody in world football giving them a hope after a 4-0 thrashing in France. At half-time the Catalan club led 2-1, still losing on aggregate 5-2.

Lionel Messi managed to make it 5-3 from the penalty spot but with five minutes to go, Barcelona still needed three more goals to win the tie. Neymar gave Luis Enrique’s men hope with two minutes of normal time remaining, with the score on the night now 4-1 to Barcelona.

The Spanish giants were then awarded a penalty in the second minute of injury time, which Neymar converted. Needing one more goal and pushing men forward, the unlikely hero of Sergi Roberto scored in the 95th minute to win the tie 6-5 on aggregate and complete an almighty comeback

PSG vs Man United - 2019 - Marcus Rashford

Two years after PSG’s dramatic exit from the Champions League, it would be more stoppage time heartbreak for the French team. After winning away at Old Trafford, PSG took a 2-0 lead back home with them.

However things got off to the worst possible start for them, with Romelu Lukaku scoring early for Man United. Going into half-time PSG managed their way back into the game although they were still 2-1 down on the night, they were 3-2 up on the night.

That was until stoppage time when VAR adjudged Diogo Dalot’s shot to have been handled and up stepped Marcus Rashford to slot the penalty home and send the English team through on away goals.

Barcelona vs Chelsea - 2009 - Andres Iniesta

After the final whistle, Didier Drogba infamously stared down the camera and called it ‘a disgrace’ and later, referee Tom Henning Ovrebo admitted that he made mistakes during the game.

Following a 0-0 at the Camp Nou in the first leg, Chelsea knew that a win would put them through to the 2009 Champions League final. Things started off well for the London club after Essien put them 1-0 up inside nine minutes and shortly after half-time, the visitors had Eric Abidal sent off.

Knowing that a goal would send Barcelona through on away goals, Lionel Messi put the ball on a plate for Andres Iniesta to smash into the top corner from just outside the box to break Chelsea hearts in the 93rd minute

Real Madrid vs Atlético - 2014 - Sergio Ramos

The only thing that can make a UCL final even more tense is when you’re playing your closest rivals. After Diego Godin’s 36th minute goal, Atlético fans were dreaming of a famous victory. The hope was crushed in stoppage time when Los Blancos broke their enemies hearts.

In the 93rd minute, Atlético failed to defend a corner and Sergio Ramos headed home to level things up, taking the game to extra time. Remember, if 90 Minute Payout existed back then, those who backed Atlético would have still been paid out despite Ramos’ equaliser!

Real Madrid then scored a further two goals in extra time to win the final 3-1.

Make sure that you’re not left heartbroken by a 90th minute goal by taking advantage of Betfair’s 90 minute payout. If your match odds bet is winning and the clock hits 90:00, it’s a winner, no matter what happens! Remember, you can build Accas and Bet Builders too with the ‘Match Odds 90’ markets too!

Click here to find out all the different matches Betfair have paid out on two different results thanks to 90 Minute Payout this season!

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