The last decade was probably the most active in the game of football; asides the trillions of Euros that flowed among clubs and Nations, it was also the decade that emanated shockers within 90 minutes of brawls, intensity, techniques and gruesome attacking prowess. For others, it was just 90 minutes of ‘packing the bus’ and capitalizing on the pace of flank men and strength of forwards on the counter attacks. Some teams won games in emphatic and emotional manners. The games were picked across leagues and World cup.
URUGUAY 1-1 GHANA (WORLD CUP 2010)
One of the worst and most dramatic events in World Cup history denied Ghana a place in the semi-finals and the history remains that no African Nation has reached the last four at the World Cup, all thanks to the flying hand of Luis Suarez when Dominic Adiyiah’s header was stopped in the final minute of extra time in South Africa that night. Suarez was sent off and the Ghanaians were given the opportunity to kill the game.
Asamoah Gyan was the man to take the spot-kick, but his effort bounded against the crossbar – to the delight of Suarez on the touchline. Ghana eventually lost to Uruguay in the penalty shoot-out.
BAYERN MUNICH 1-1 CHELSEA (CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL 2011/12)
Chelsea’s memorable European campaign ended in a galactic fashion, as Roberto Di Matteo overcame Bayern Munich in their own territory. The Bundesliga giants were favorites to lift the trophy at the Allianz Arena over Chelsea who went all through with luck beating Barcelona in the semi-final.
Bayern dominated possession from the onset but they had to wait until the 83rd minute for the first goal scored by Thomas Muller. Didier Drogba forced a brilliant header past Manuel Neuer to make it 1-1 in the closing stages of normal time.
Drogba converted his kick in the shoot-out to give London its first ever European champions.
MANCHESTER UNITED 1-6 MANCHESTER CITY (PREMIER LEAGUE 2011/12)
Manchester City had won 7 of their first 8 games before a trip to neighboring Old Trafford to play Manchester United in October of 2011.
The first half was a tough affair, with Mario Balotelli’s goal being the difference between United and the visitors at the interval. Jonny Evans was sent off almost immediately after the restart and Balotelli doubled his tally after 60 minutes. Sergio Aguero put the game beyond doubt in the 69th minute with a perfect finish.
Darren Fletcher scored for United in the 81st minute, but City ran riot in the closing stages of the game, inflicting the Red Devils’ worst home defeat since 1955. The football game of course birthed the pop culture slang “WHY ALWAYS ME?” as inscribed on the inner vest of Mario Balotelli.
BRAZIL 1-7 GERMANY (WORLD CUP 2014)
This was the most shocking result in the tournament’s history; a savage, seismic and embarrassing feat that will never be forgotten by those who witnessed history uncovering before their eyes. The German team came into the game with their tactics and was easily intimidated by the Brazilian fans that came in more numbers and support. The Germans dilapidated the Brazilian sides comfortably in either halves as they fell apart on their home soil.
LIVERPOOL 4-0 BARCELONA (CHAMPIONS LEAGUE 2018/2019)
After falling apart in the first leg by 3 goals to nil, an enforced Liverpool team was inspired to finish the season in a grand manner by thrashing their Spanish opponent 4 goals to nil as Origi got two unbelievably and that result will always be remembered by football fans around the world.
This article was written by Alex Ndace; he tweets via @AlexNdace