Five of the best: Last-minute winners

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Gareth Bale's stunning 90th minute winner against West Ham on Monday evening was just the latest in a long line of incredible last-minute Premier League goals.

There's nothing quite like the drama of a last-gasp goal - a strike to win your team the game. 

Bit-part players can become heroes overnight - the likes of Jimmy Glass at Carlisle and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer immediately spring to mind.

Here, GMF looks at five of the best. We've picked some of our favourites, and you should have a go as well. Leave your favourite last-minute strikes in the comment box below…

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer | Manchester United v Bayern Munich | 1999

Undoubtedly the most famous, and quite possibly the best. Solskjaer's last-minute goal can't be beaten in terms of sheer drama - after all, it won Manchester United the Champions League.

But, within the context of the game, it was more than just that. United had fallen behind early, and struggled gamely for 85 minutes to break down a stubborn Bayern Munich rearguard.

Desperate times call for desperate measures, and in the dying minutes Peter Schmeichel came up for a corner. United promptly snatched an equaliser courtesy of Teddy Sheringham.

Still, the game looked set for extra-time, before United won another corner. David Beckham again trotted across to take it, Schmeichel stayed at home this time - but it didn't matter. Solskjaer - the ultimate penalty box predator - stabbed it home after a Sheringham flick-on. The rest is history.

Andres Iniesta | Barcelona v Chelsea | 2009

Andres Iniesta has a reputation for the big goals, and none were bigger in 2009 than his winner against Chelsea in the Champions League semi-finals in the third minute of added time.

Barca had been reduced to 10 men after Eric Abidel was sent off, and were under the cosh for much of the match. Chelsea had a number of penalty appeals turned down, the most vociferous of which occurred after Iniesta's winner - the image of Michael Ballack screaming at Tom Henning Ovrebo is an abiding memory.

But Iniesta's winner was the match's defining moment, a first-time shot into the far corner, away from Petr Cech's despairing dive. To be fair, it was actually an equaliser. Following a 0-0 first-leg at the Nou Camp, Michael Essien's blockbuster volley gave Chelsea the advantage in the first-half of the second-leg at Stamford Bridge. But Guus Hiddink's side were always vulnerable to the away goals rule, and Iniesta popped up to make them pay. For all intents and purposes, it was a match-winner - it certainly won the tie.

Chelsea were left frustrated and angry - Barcelona were delirious. They went on to comfortably outclass United in the final. 

Sergio Aguero | Manchester City v Queens Park Rangers | 2012

A contender to match Solskjaer's when it comes to the pure drama of a single moment. Sergio Aguero's goal against Queens Park Rangers on the final day of the 2011/12 season wasn't just a match-winner, it was a Premier League title winner.

Forever immortalised by Martin Tyler's commentary, the Argentine's strike in the final seconds of the final match will take some beating.

A few hundred miles away, Manchester United's players stood sullen faced on the Sunderland turf. Only seconds earlier, they'd been ready to celebrate another title triumph. Instead, Aguero's strike handed City a 3-2 win, and a first-ever Premier League truimph.

Jimmy Glass | Carlisle v Plymouth Argyle | 1999

One of the most famous football league goals made a cult hero out of lower-league journeyman Jimmy Glass.

The goalkeeper had had an unremarkable career heading into the 1998/99 season. After failing to make it at Crystal Palace, the keeper went on loan to Portsmouth, Gillingham and Burnley, before joining Swindon after a brief stint at Bournemouth.

From Swindon, he was again sent on loan to Carlisle - the English football league's most remote outpost. But this is where he was to become a legend - scoring the last-minute winner with only 10 seconds remaining of the season's final match to preserve Carlisle's football league status.

Michael Thomas | Liverpool v Arsenal | 1989

Ok, ok, not strictly a match-winner. But Thomas's goal to put Arsenal 2-0 up in the title decider at Anfield clinched the Division One trophy for the Gunners.

Going into the match Arsenal had to win by two goals to win the title. Liverpool, on home soil, were heavily fancied to complete a famous double after winning the FA Cup a week earlier.

Add to the fact that Liverpool had not lost by two goals at Anfield for three years, and it all looked pretty bleak for Arsenal. Still, a goal from Alan Smith just after half-time gave them hope, and Liverpool buckled, sinking back into their own penalty box as the minutes ticked by.

It looked like they'd done enough to avoid the two goal defeat, but deep into injury time Thomas broke from midfield, skipped past a tired Liverpool challenge and flicked the ball past the advancing Bruce Grobbelaar.

Thomas had just snatched the league title from Liverpool in the most dramatic fashion - it was Arsenal's first in 18 years.


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