The most memorable FIFA World Cup matches (watch some of them on 군밤티비) are those that a single goal has decided. In these matches, the team that scores the decisive goal is often hailed as the victor, even if they were outplayed for much of the match. Here are some of the most memorable FIFA World Cup matches decided by a single goal:
- France vs. Brazil, 1986 FIFA World Cup Quarter-Finals: In this match, Diego Maradona scored what is widely considered to be the greatest goal in World Cup history. After dribbling past five Brazilian defenders, he slotted the ball past goalkeeper Carlos Alberto to give Argentina a 2-0 lead. Brazil scored two goals, but they were not enough to prevent a 3-2 defeat.
- West Germany vs. England, 1990 FIFA World Cup Semi-Finals: This match is best remembered for English midfielder Paul Gascoigne’s tears after he was given a yellow card that would rule him out of the final if England qualified. England did indeed reach the final, but West Germany defeated them in a penalty shootout.
- Cameroon vs. Argentina, 1990 FIFA World Cup Quarter-Finals: In one of the biggest upsets in World Cup history, Cameroon stunned defending champions Argentina with a 1-0 victory. The match’s only goal came courtesy of Francois Omam-Biyik, who headed in a cross from Benjamin Massing.
- Denmark vs. Netherlands, 1998 FIFA World Cup Quarter-Finals: In this match, Denmark scored two late goals to overturn a one-goal deficit and win 2-1. The first goal came from Dennis Bergkamp, who had earlier missed a penalty. The second goal was scored by Michael Laudrup, who chipped the Dutch goalkeeper from outside the box.
- Portugal vs. England, 2006 FIFA World Cup Quarter-Finals: This match is best remembered for English captain David Beckham’s red card in the 38th minute. England was down to 10 men for the rest of the match, but they still managed to take the lead thanks to a goal from Wayne Rooney. Portugal equalized in the 90th minute and went on to win the match 6-5 on penalties.
- Spain vs. Netherlands, 2010 FIFA World Cup Final: In the first-ever final decided by a referee’s decision, Spain was crowned world champion for the first time in their history. Andres Iniesta’s goal in the 116th minute was enough to see off a valiant Dutch side that had been reduced to 10 men in the 109th minute.
- Germany vs. Argentina, 2014 FIFA World Cup Final: In this match, Mario Gotze scored the winning goal in the 113th minute to give Germany their fourth World Cup title. The goal came after a great piece of individual skill, as he controlled a cross from Andre Schurrle before volleying it into the back of the net. Argentina had taken the lead early in the match through Lionel Messi, but they could not hold on for the win.