Top 10 late shows
Liverpool left it to the last kick against Norwich, but what are the most dramatic finales in Premier League history?
1 Liverpool 4-3 Newcastle
April 3, 1996
“It was kamikaze defending – managers would be dead within six months if every game was like that,” said Liverpool’s Roy Evans after Stan Collymore had won this classic late on. Newcastle could not believe it, and the sight of Kevin Keegan slumped over the advertising hoardings remains one of the game’s iconic images.
3 West Ham 3-4 Tottenham
March 4, 2007
A result that West Ham fans still struggle to make sense of. They were in control for much of the game, leading 2-0 and then 3-2. Cue an exceptional late show, with Dimitar Berbatov and Paul Stalteri wrapping up the points, and deepening the Hammers’ relegation fears. West Ham manager Alan Curbishley never recovered.
5 Liverpool 4-4 Arsenal
April 21, 2009
One man derailed Liverpool’s title challenge in 2008-09: Andrei Arshavin. He scored all Arsenal’s goals in this match, but Yossi Benayoun cancelled out his fourth when he scrambled home late on.
7 Newcastle 4-4 Arsenal
Feb 5, 2011
Otherwise known as the game in which Cheick Tioté’s scored that goal. Newcastle had battled back from 4-0 down after Abou Diaby mindlessly saw red, with Tioté’s extraordinary long-range strike completing an even more extraordinary comeback. And to think some Newcastle fans had snuck off at half-time…
9 Man City 3-2 QPR
May 13, 2012
Entering injury time, not only were City losing 2-1 to Mark Hughes’s Queens Park Rangers, but the title was on its way to Old Trafford. Two minutes later Edin Dzeko had restored parity, and three minutes after that Sergio Agüero scored one of the most famous goals in Premier League history, to snatch both the three points and the title at the death.
2 Leicester 3-3 Arsenal
Aug 27, 1997
Best remembered for Dennis Bergkamp’s classy turn and shot past Kasey Keller, but three goals were scored in injury time, with the hosts recovering a two-goal deficit to earn a draw.
4 Arsenal 4-4 Tottenham
Oct 29, 2008
The most memorable North London derby. Spurs looked dead and buried when Robin van Persie put Arsenal 4-2 up with 20 minutes remaining. But the Gunners were left reeling when first Jermaine Jenas and then the notoriously goal-shy Aaron Lennon both struck late in Harry Redknapp’s first game in charge.
6 Man Utd 4-3 Man City
Sept 20, 2009
Described by Sir Alex Ferguson, sounding like an advert for a wellknown Danish lager, as “probably the best derby of all time”. The away fans were delirious when Craig Bellamy levelled the scores in added time, only for former Liverpool hero Michael Owen to write himself into United folklore with a 97th-minute winner.
8 Wigan 3-2 West Ham
May 15, 2011
Both sides needed to win this relegation six-pointer. Goals from Charles N’Zogbia and Connor Salmon clawed back West Ham’s lead, and sparked a thrilling final quarter, with the sides haphazardly trading blows. The Hammers could barely believe it when N’Zogbia struck a late winner to send them down.
10 West Brom 5-5 Man Utd
May 19, 2013
West Brom scored three in the last 10 minutes to draw with the champions 5-5 at home. Even Sir Alex Ferguson, taking charge of his last United game, could not hide a wry smile.