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Alisson goal voted among best last minute winners alongside other Liverpool, Man United and Chelsea classics

Football’s new injury time rules will no doubt lead to plenty of injury time goals across the leagues.

Some fans are bemoaning the inconvenience of not knowing how long a match will go on for and some players aren’t happy about the extra game time amidst their busy schedule – but some of football’s best moments have come when the clock edges past 90 minutes.

Football has seen plenty of iconic moments in injury timeGETTY

These kind of goals will be all the more likely now referees have been told to add the exact time lost in goal celebrations, substitutions or injuries to stoppage time. 

From Manchester City legend Sergio Aguero’s Premier League winning stoppage time goal to Watford Troy Deeney’s goal from a counter attack following Leicester’s penalty in the play-offs, football history isn’t short of iconic last-ditch moments.

Now, amidst the stoppage time debate, a new survey by Betfair and YouGov has revealed what injury time goals football fans rank as the greatest in the Premier League era – and there’s some crackers in there.

So which goal takes the crown for the best last minute winner according to football fans?

Coming in eleventh place, former Newcastle manager Steve Bruce’s header for Manchester United against Sheffield Wednesday that played a big role in winning the Red Devils the first Premier League title in 1993 won three per cent of the vote.

Ben Watson’s FA Cup winning goal for Wigan against Man City in 2013 also won three per cent.

Former Rangers star Maurice Edu’s 90th minute winner against Celtic in 2010 got four per cent of votes, with Stan Collymore’s against Newcastle for Liverpool in 1996 garnering the same amount.

Three goals came all got five per cent – Lucas Moura’s Champions League heroics against Ajax in 2019, Fernando Torres against Barcelona in 2012 and Deeney’s incredible strike to send Watford to the Championship play-off final.

Moura will always be remembered for his stunning hat-trick against Ajax in 2019 that got them to the Champions League finalGetty Images – Getty

So, which goals make the top five?

Coming in fifth is Michael Owen’s goal for Man United against rivals Man City in Fergie Time that secured a 4-3 win for the Red Devils in 2009, taking six per cent of the vote.

In fourth place with seven per cent is goalkeeper Allison Becker’s incredible header against West Brom in injury time in 2021 that allowed Liverpool to snatch a 2-1 win.

The Reds also take third place, with iconic captain Steven Gerrard letting fly from distance to equalise against West Ham in the 2006 FA Cup final, taking his side to penalties and to win the trophy, garnering nine per cent of the vote

And despite the commentary saying ‘we’ll never see anything like this again’, Aguero’s last-minute strike to win Man City their first Premier League against QPR comes in second with 21 per cent.

Aguero was one of the Premier League’s best strikers, who scored one of the most dramatic goals in Premier League historyGetty

Manchester United. Nou Camp. 1999.

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But showing that it might be a generational view, 45 per cent of 18-24 yearolds voted for Aguero’s goal from 2012, compared to 18 per cent of over 55s.

Instead it’s Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s goal for Man United against Bayern Munich in 1999 that takes the top spot, winning a whopping 28 per cent of football fans’ votes.

Bayern had led 1-0 early on through Mario Basler’s free-kick and dominated the Champions League final. However two goals in the dying moments from Teddy Sheringham and Solskjaer gave Man United an incredible and historic treble win.

Only five per cent of fans aged 18-24 voted for that goal that happened before a majority of their lifetimes compared to 38 per cent of 34-44 year olds.

Top 10 injury time goals

1. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (Manchester United vs Bayern Munich, 1999) – 28%

2. Sergio Aguero (Manchester City vs QPR, 2011) – 21%

3. Steven Gerrard (Liverpool vs West Ham, 2006) – 9%

4. Alisson Becker (Liverpool vs West Brom, 2021) – 7%

5. Michael Owen (Manchester United vs Man City, 2009) – 6%

6. Troy Deeney (Watford vs Leicester City, 2013) – 5%

= Fernando Torres (Chelsea vs Barcelona, 2012) – 5%

= Lucas Moura (Tottenham vs Ajax, 2019) – 5%

9. Maurice Edu (Rangers vs Celtic, 2010) – 4%

= Stan Collymore (Liverpool vs Newcastle, 1996) – 4%

11. Ben Watson (Wigan vs Man City, 2013) – 3%

= Steve Bruce (Manchester United vs Sheffield Wednesday, 1993) – 3%

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