Referring to the greatest football matches of all time, do you remember going to any name? Let’s see if the name of the battle you think will appear in this article.
Choosing the most celebrated football matches ever so is difficult. Indeed, such a task is associated with aesthetics; by definition, subjective is quintessential. However, some objective criteria are still in place to get the rankings below.
Liverpool vs. Alaves | 5-4 (2001 UEFA Cup Final)
Before the Istanbul Miracle, there was a goal of this goal in Dortmund in 2001. It is the first match Liverpool returned to the European Cup final since the Heysel tragedy.
The Reds quickly surpassed the lead thanks to Markus Babbel’s header from the small Spanish team. They doubled their score a few minutes after a young player Steven Gerrard left no chance for a goalkeeper after a beautiful pass from Michael Owen.
Just before the 30-minute mark, Ivan Alonso had once returned to Alaves. The men Gerard Houllier thought they had stained the resilience of their opponents when they pushed the score back twice (3-1) on the Scottish veteran Gary McAllister’s penalty before the break.
Indomitable, Alaves rallied to level the score after a double from Javi Moreno after the break. Legend of The Reds, Robbie Fowler, put them ahead again in the 76th minute before Jordi Cruyff (Johan’s son,) equalized in the final minutes of the rule. In extra time, Liverpool finally won the victory with a goal of their own from Defi Geli to win a treble of FA Cup history, Football League Cup and UEFA Cup.
Brazil vs. Italy | 4-1 (1970, World Cup final)
The first World Cup final between the previous two winners created one of the most exceptional attacking football performances ever seen on the world stage. “Here was proof that football, played the way it was meant to be, with artistry and skill, can still succeed in the modern era,” World Soccer declared in July 1970 edition.
Brazil started strongly with Pele – their outstanding protagonist. For Pele, the game proved to be the fulfillment of all the promises he made when he was 17 at the World Cup in Sweden 12 years ago. Against Italy, he opened the score with a beautiful header and added two goals.
For all the brilliance of Brazil, Italy never saw their depth. With Sandro Mazzola, they have a great striker with a smart understanding with Roberto Boninsegna. The last balanced eight minutes before the first half ended after he was given the ball from Clodoaldo.
However, Italy made a grave mistake when it came to letting Brazilians play with them. Gerson unleashed a powerful, low, left-footed shot from outside the area to lift the score in the second half. After that, Jairzinho accepted Pele’s leave to score the third and achieved the feat of scoring in every round. Captain Carlos Alberto hit the famous fourth, once again after Pele quit, before lifting the Jules Rimet trophy, which is Brazil’s to retain after the third World Cup victory.
Liverpool vs. Chelsea | 4-4 (2008-09 UEFACL 2nd Leg)
In the five years leading up to the draw, Blues and Reds have faced each other 24 times with most matches ending in a high defensive stalemate, especially during Jose Mourinho’s stage at Chelsea and Rafael Benitez at Liverpool.
Chelsea was comfortable leading 3-1 from the first leg at Anfield. Liverpool needed a victory three goals apart to advance. They took the first step in the right direction when Fabio Aurelio stunned Cech from a 35-yard free kick. Xabi Alonso brought them closer to the dream result when he doubled the gap in the 28th minute.
After the break, Chelsea scored twice in Drogba and Alex’s six minutes (51 and 57 minutes). The Blues will lead the way thanks to Lamprog being well supported by Drogba.
However, two goals from Lucas and Kuyt (81 and 83 minutes) brought Liverpool back to the top, and they began to believe once again that another goal could take them through. Lampard crushed all Reds hoping to complete a brace and give Avram Grant the advantage of 7-5 in total to advance to the Champions League semi-final.
England vs. West Germany | 4-2 (July 30, 1966, World Cup final)
Wembley Stadium provided the context for the match that was once remembered by Geoff Hurst’s after-hours heroes and the history of Soviet guide Tofik Bakhramov.
England can – and should – have won this match. They recovered after conceding an early German goal from Helmut Haller, Hurst headed for an equalizer from Bobby Moore’s quick free-kick. But the German defense gave up very little in the second half and only 13 minutes left when Martin Peters scored for England to take the lead 2-1.
England is more beautiful and fresher, and Alan Ball has found the energy to continue to pass from Nulk Stiles. From his cross, Hurst’s shot touched the bottom of the bar one after another and flipped through goalkeeper Hans Tilkowski. German and Swiss referee Gottfried Dienst disputed the target consulted Bakhramov, who pointed to the central position.
Hurst completed his hat-trick with the final kick of the match. At that time, there were people on the field, and England was the world champion. Bakhramov continued to become secretary-general of the newly formed Azerbaijan federation about the breakup of the Soviet Union. Azeris National Stadium, in the capital Baku, was renamed in honor of him.
Hungary vs. Uruguay | 4-2 (1954, World Cup semi-final)
The 1954 World Cup final between Hungary and West Germany was named the Miracle of Berne and was an essential milestone in German post-war history. But the semi-final between Hungary, the best team in the world at that time and defending champion Uruguay was the most exciting match of the tournament. And this though both sides have no talented players – Ferenc Puskas for Hungary, Obdulio Varela for Uruguay.
Uruguay comes from 2-0 down to bring the match into extra time. Hungary scored early through the volley of left winger Zoltan Czibor, then Nandor Hidegkuti added another header. Juan Hohberg, an Argentine naturalist, then fought twice, although he was knocked unconscious when his teammates celebrated his second goal.
Juan Schiaffino struck a penalty for Uruguay in extra time, and South Americans footballer would be more miserable when defender Victor Andrade was injured and forced to sit outside for treatment. Sandor Kocsis used to score the first of the two goals that put Hungary in the final.
Uruguay had not lost a World Cup before. “We beat the best team we have ever met,” said Hungary coach Gyula Mandi.
Perhaps more intense battles will take place later. However, as of now, they are still the myths remembered by football fans all over the world. That is indisputable.