A look at the ten most important goals in modern times, judging by importance, beauty and timing.
1. Sergio Aguero Manchester city vs. QPR
City went into the final day of the season level on points with Manchester United, though had a superior goal difference by eight. They knew that just a win would do and would bring the premier league trophy to the etihad stadium. After ninety minutes, City were trailing 2-1. Meanwhile, United had won in the stadium of light after Wayne Rooney scored the only goal of the game. City needed a miracle, A miracle is what happened. In the ninety second minute Edin Dzeko scored an equalizer. This would prove to be a goal of great significance though at the time, It would have not been enough on its own to secure the title. Then Aguero stole the show as he burst into the QPR box played a 1-2 with Mario Balotelli, before slotting the ball past Paddy Kenny and celebrating in front of a terrace of ecstatic fans.
2. David Beckham England vs. Greece
With England trailing 2-1 to Greece at home in Old Trafford, A last minute goal was needed. In the ninety third minute, England won a free kick in a very scorable position. Free kick specialist, David Beckham stepped up and placed the ball into the top left corner. The stadium erupted as the goal meant that England qualified for the 2002 world cup as top of the group. It was a brilliant goal that proved to be crucial.
3. Andres Iniesta Spain vs. Holland
Any goal to win a world cup is remembered as a crucial goal and an important goal. In 2010, Spain and Holland contested the final in South Africa's "Soccer City". The game could'nt be decided in the regulation 90 minutes and so extra time was needed. Finally, in the hundred and sixteenth minute a winner was scored. Iniesta had controlled a pass into the box and calmly finished a half volley from around 8 yards out. It proved to be the only and decisive goal and brought the world cup to Spain.
4. Steven Gerrard Liverpool vs. West Ham
The FA cup final of 2006 was contested between Liverpool and West Ham. West Ham soon found themselves 2-0 up due to a bizarre own goal from Jamie Carragher and a striking finish from Dean Ashton after Pepe Reina spilled the ball. Djibril Cisse soon scored a sublime finish after a lovely through ball was played to him, followed by a cracking half volley from skipper Steven Gerrard. Into extra time it went and West Ham's Paul Konchesky scored a goal from the side-line of the pitch. However, Gerrard scored a screamer of a goal in the final moments to bring the game to extra time. Liverpool went on to win the game on penalties and Gerrard's goal will be remembered as one of the greatest FA cup moments in history.
5. Zinedine Zidane France vs. England
Zidane's goal silenced English fans all around the "estadio da luz". Surprisingly, England took the lead with 38 minutes played courtesy of a Frank Lampard header. England then won a penalty when a young Wayne Rooney was fouled inside the box. However, David Beckham failed to convert the penalty kick. In the ninety first minute, Emile Heskey fouled Zidane just outside the English box. Zidane stepped up and scored a cracking free kick. Then, in the ninety third minute, David james took down Thierry Henry and gave awway a penalty. Zidane cooly converted the penalty and gave france a victory in the group stage.
6. Didier Drogba Chelsea vs. Bayern Munich
Munich were the clear favourites to win this tie and claim the champions league trophy on their own turf. Chelsea did well to contain Munich, however, In the eighty third minute, Thomas Muller pounced to score what looked like the decisive header. However, Chelsea piled on the pressure and soon won a corner. The ball was played to the near post where Didier Drogba was left unmarked to go and score a bullet header. Chelsea went on to win the game after Drogba converted the decisive penalty. Drogba's two goals were crucial to Chelsea's victory.
7. Semih Senturk Turkey vs. Croatia
Senturk's goal sealed Turkey a place in the European championship semi-finals. It was a tight game between two evenly matched sides. The game could'nt be decided in normal time and so it went to extra time. ivan Klasnic looked to have settled the tie when he scored in the last minute of normal extra time. However, In the hundred and twenty third minute of the game, Senturk pounced to bring the game to penalties. Turkey went on to win on penalties and Senturks goal will always be remembered as a great Euro goal.
8. Steven Gerrard Liverpool vs. AC Milan
Known as one of the greatest games of football ever, Liverpool vs. AC Milan had it all. Milan dominated the first 45 minutes of the game and were 3-0 up at half time courtesy of goals by maldini and Crespo(2). Liverpool's half time team talk obviously worked as they came out the tunnell firing on all cylinders. In my opinion, the catalyst for their magnificent comeback was Steven Gerrard's header from a John Arne Riise cross. It sparked the comeback and following goals from Vladimir Smicer and Xabi Alonso, Liverpool were level. They went on to win the game, inspired by captain fantasic Steven Gerrard.
9. Robbie Keane Ireland vs. Germany
Following Roy Keane's departure from Saipan, many people wrote the Irish off and dismissed any chances of the team progressing. However, The famous Irish spirit and "never give up" attitude really showed and the team started with a decent result against Cameroon, drawing 1-1. What was to follow was outstanding as Ireland faced a tough German side, who would go on to finish second in the tournament and had won their first game 8-0. Germany scored first and looked to have won as the game reached the final minutes. However, Ireland did'nt give up and when Niall Quinn flicked on a long ball to Keane's feet, Keane was quick to capitalise as he buried the ball into the back of the net via the post. It proved to be a vital goal for ireland who qualified from the group behind Germany.
10. Cristiano Ronaaldo Real Madrid vs. Barcelona
"El Clasico" is always an important encounter between two teams with very different political views. For this reason it always provides an intense atmosphere, especially when the league hinges on it. In April of 2012, the two teams met in the camp nou. Although madrid led the league by a number of points, this game would be decisive in who would win the league. Sami Khedira scored the opener and gave Madrid the lead. Alexis Sanchez then levelled the scores. However, Ronaldo's goal would be the decisive goal as he burst onto a lovely through ball and slotted the ball past Victor Valdes in the Barca net. Madrid went on to win the league with Barcelona coming second.