The greatest football matches ever played

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Choosing the best football matches in history is no small feat. We have witnessed countless defining moments in sport that have impacted football in more ways than one.

From legendary icons like Pelé and Maradona to modern sportsmen like Neymar and Messi, we are blessed to live in a time when we can enjoy football and be part of a global community. And as hard as it is to choose which matches are forever etched in history, there are a few that stand out.

Judging from the competitive balance, quality of play and overall individual brilliance, these football matches were the reason for much celebration. Before reading the list, visit the Tanzania sports betting company page to learn more about sports betting.

1. Brazil 1 – 7 Germany (2014)
The football match between Brazil and Germany is not only one of the greatest of all time, but it is also one of the most memorable. The event occurred on July 8, 2014 at the Estádio Mineirão in Belo Horizonte. The Brazilians lost Neymar to injury; national team captain Thiago Silva was also unable to take part due to the tournament’s second yellow card in their game against Colombia. Given the absence of these important players, a tight encounter was expected, as both teams were contenders for the FIFA World Cup. But this match was anything but predictable. The German national team led 5-0 at halftime after scoring four goals in the first six minutes. The score went up to 7-0 in the second half. Brazil scored the game’s only goal in the last minute to win 7-1. German playmaker Toni Kroos has been named man of the match.

2. France 2 – 1 Portugal (2000)
Zinedine Zidane and Luiz Figo, two of the best European players at the time, were battling for a place in the final against Italy. Nuno Gomes’ precise strike gave Portugal the lead in the first half. Thierry Henry equalized for France in the second half. Zidane’s unparalleled class shone in this hard-fought quarter-final. The French prodigy delivered such a grand performance that it ended any remaining questions about his status as the greatest European player of his era. The game ended with Zidane scoring a golden penalty past Vitor Baia in the dying seconds of extra time to take France to the World Cup final.

3. Liverpool 5 – 4 Alaves (2001)
The 2001 UEFA Cup Final was between Liverpool and Deportivo Alaves. The match was Liverpool’s first European final since 1985, when they were banned from European competition. Moreover, it was Alaves’ first European final. Markus Babbel scored an early goal for Liverpool in the fourth minute. Steven Gerrard managed to score in the 16th minute, increasing his advantage. Soon, Iván Alonso scored and gave Alaves hope of a comeback. Liverpool made it 3-1 just before the half-time break when Gary McAllister scored from the penalty spot. With several more goals throughout the match, the game ended with Liverpool as the winners. In fact, the latter achieved a hat-trick by winning the Football League Cup, FA Cup and UEFA Cup.

4. Brazil 1 – 0 England (1970)
The “final that never was” has been dubbed the long-awaited battle between the last two world champions. At that time, Pelé, the greatest player of all time, was at the peak of his abilities. Pele’s thunderous header was blocked by Gordon Banks’ save after a brilliant cross from Jairzinho. For more than an hour, the two teams were able to resist the most beautiful blow of the other. Bobby Moore executed a fantastic tackle on Pelé to prevent the Brazilian icon from scoring against Banks. After a miscommunication between Brito and Piazza, England should have equalized but Goeff Attle misjudged from close quarters. In the 63rd minute, Jairzinho slammed the winning goal on a magnificent assist from Pelé, who had been well prepared by Tostao.

5. France 2 – 1 Italy (2000)
The final game of Euro 2000, between France and Italy, was one of the finest matches in UEFA Euro history. The match was held at De Kuip in Rotterdam to determine the champion. Italy led until Sylvain Wiltord shot low from the left side to beat goalkeeper Francesco Toldo in the last minute of added time. As a result, play resumed in extra time. France emerged victorious in extra time just before half-time when Robert Pires handed the ball from the left to David Trezeguet, who scored the tournament-winning golden goal. The competition is generally considered the biggest of the UEFA Euros.

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