Unpredictability – we all love this element in sports. As Yogi Berra would put it, “It ain’t over ’til it’s over”. Any moment can be a game changer, tables can be turned and the losers can become winners. We present you the top 3 crackers of a moment in the most unpredictable sport ever – Foooootbaaaalll!!! These moments have made some fans bite their fingers off, nail biting is too normal!
One of the most infamous moments in World Cup history, France captain Zinedine Zidane’s head-butt and the consequent red card proved to be a scarcely believable moment for the fans. In this 2006 World Cup finals at Berlin, Zidane head-butted Italy’s Marco Materazzi in the chest. Referee Horacio Elizondo was informed of the incident by the fourth official and showed Zidane a red card. It was claimed later that Materazzi has insulted Zidane’s sister before the head-butt. The red card not only deprived France’s chance at the World Cup since the star player was sent out, it also was an end to Zidane’s glittering career with France. Italy later won the match, 5-3 on penalties.
Manchester City had to trash Queens Park Rangers to win the Barclays Premier League 2012. Given the aim clearly, the Manchester City players set on the mission. City initially had a 1-0 lead into halftime but went down 2-1. What happened was a miracle and Manchester City won the Premier League that year. Edin Dzeko fired an equalizer within the first minute of injury time setting up a dream finale. But in the fourth minute, Aguero scored the magical late goal that sealed the title. Manchester City also won the title for the first time in 44 years.
It was definitely one hell of a game changer, but we will never know if the outcome would have been any different if that goal had been awarded correctly. It was in 2010, England was playing their rivals Germany in the first round of World Cup knockout stages. Shortly before half time, Frank Lampard fires a goal over the German goalkeeper Manuel Neuer and the ball clearly goes behind the line for a goal. Refree Jorge Larrionda signals play on amidst the English celebration. Germany had an early lead, 2-1 and after Lampard’s goal was disallowed, it was easy for Germany to win over the panic-stricken England. Germany went on to win 4-1 and that would be forever etched as England’s most severe World Cup defeat.