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One-goal wonders of world football

Aneesh Gupta
Modified 18 Jun 2013, 17:17 IST
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There are players who are not always in the news, though they are as important to the team as the star players, but they require a moment of brilliance, a chance to show their importance, launch themselves and etch their places into people’s memory. It’s hard to admit but when we retrospect, we remember the winning goals and the trophy lifts. This is a list of players who stole the show and scored when the team needed it the most. These players are mostly remembered because of their 15 minutes of fame. Here’s a list of such players.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

When you think about him all you can remember is that night in Barcelona. Manchester United coming back from one goal down to clinch the Champions League in the dying seconds of the match. He scored that winning goal and I know he scored far more goals for the Red Devils, but the thing is that, perhaps, that was the goal that made him the legend he is in the eyes of all his fans. Moreover his career was charred by injuries all along. The magnanimity of the goal is unquestioned; it was as if United had snatched the trophy from Bayern’s hands. The two goals in a matter of minutes totally swept the Germans off their feet. Samuel Kuffour’s anguish at the end of the match totally tells the story. Solskjaer, by coming on in the dying seconds of the game and scoring at a time when his team really needed him, really took United into the promise land, as they won the treble that season. One of the selfless and most loyal servants United has ever had, better known as SUPERSUB, and rightly so.

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