Here is a look at notable goals in World Cup history since there are just three days left until the start of the largest football tournament in the world.
When Argentina faced England in the quarterfinal of the 1986 World Cup, Diego Armando Maradona produced one of the tournament’s most enduring goals.
In that game, Maradona used his hand to flick the ball over goalie Peter Shilton and into the goal, going unnoticed by the referee.
The goal was scored “a bit with the head of Maradona and a little with the hand of God,” according to Argentine football legend afterward.
Maradona scored another incredible goal four minutes after the first one when he made a run from his half and sprinted past five English players to make a shot that the goalie let go.
Mario Gotze vs. Argentina at the 2014 final
With his winning goal for Germany against Argentina in the 2014 World Cup final, Mario Gotze became a household name.
Germany won the 2014 World Cup in Rio de Janeiro thanks to a goal from Gotze in the extra period of the match.
Following a run down the left side, Andre Schurrle crossed to him from the wing. Gotze volleyed the ball across the goal with his left foot after chesting the ball down to the edge of the box.
Before the end of regular time, Gotze had replaced the original player.
Robin van Persie vs. Spain in 2014
One of the best World Cup moments was Robin van Persie’s bounding header against Spain from the edge of the box.
Van Persie, also known as the Flying Dutchman, stunned the football crowd with a spectacular diving header in the Netherlands’ 5-1 victory over Spain. Left-back Daley Blind provided the assist.
Igor Belanov vs. Belgium in 1986
One of the best World Cup moments was Robin van Persie’s bounding header against Spain from the edge of the area.
Van Persie, sometimes known as the Flying Dutchman, surprised the football crowd with a spectacular diving header in the Netherlands’ 5-1 victory over Spain. Left-back Daley Blind provided the assist.
Ronaldo vs. Germany in 2002
Ronaldo In the 2002 World Cup final, Luis Nazario de Lima, better known by his stage name Ronaldo, scored eight goals, including two as the Selecao prevailed 2-0 to claim the championship.
In minute 66, the opening goal was scored. Before Oliver Kahn’s ability to recover, Ronaldo, who had pursued Rivaldo’s long shot, took advantage of Kahn’s unbalance to score on the rebound into the bottom corner.
After 13 minutes, Jose Kleberson passed to Rivaldo, who allowed the ball to pass through his legs while standing on the right side of the penalty arc.
Gerald Asamoah of Germany was fended off by Ronaldo with his first touch, and he then scored to make it 2-0.
Escobar’s own goal in 1994
Colombian athlete Andres Escobar was fatally shot on July 2, 1994, marking one of the saddest days in sports history.
Escobar, the Colombian national team’s captain, was assassinated 10 days after scoring their own goal against the United States team in a match that ended in a 2-1 loss during the group stage, helping to send his nation home from the competition.
Roberto Baggio vs. Czechoslovakia in 1990
Roberto Baggio of Italy scored a stunning goal against then-Czechoslovakia in the 1990 World Cup in Italy after making a run from his half.
Baggio disengaged two players, deflected a challenge, undressed defender Ernst Aigner, and then slid the ball into the goal.
The forward was crucial to the team’s 2-0 victory.
Iniesta vs. Netherlands in the 2010 final
Andres Iniesta of Spain, widely known as El Ilusionista, scored the game-winning goal in the 2010 World Cup final in South Africa against the Netherlands.
When Iniesta was on the right side of the penalty area, Cesc Fabregas passed the ball to him.
Before putting the ball past goalie Maarten Stekelenburg and into the corner of the net, Iniesta took a single touch.
Saeed Al-Owairan vs. Belgium in 1984
In their first appearance in the competition in the United States in 1994, Saudi Arabia made it to the knockout round.
Forward Against Belgium, Saeed Al Owairan’s 80-yard run resulted in an incredible goal that enabled the Saudis to advance to the round of 16.
Cambiasso vs. Serbia & Montenegro in 2006
One of the most passes was made in the lead-up to a World Cup goal when Esteban Cambiasso of Argentina scored against Serbia and Montenegro.
The Albicelestes won by a score of 6-0 to end the match.
The World Cup in Qatar in 2022 will be the first one to take place in the northern hemisphere without taking place in the summer.
The 29-day football tournament will begin on November 20 at 1600 GMT with a match between Qatar and Ecuador in the Al Bayt Stadium and end on December 18 with the championship game at the Lusail Iconic Stadium, which can hold 80,000 spectators.
The FIFA World Cup is the most esteemed competition in football. The top athletes from all over the world assemble to compete for their country’s honor. There is a lot on the line in this competition, which is filled with intense emotion and tremendous energy. The World Cup never lacks drama or spectacular goals. These objectives demonstrate abilities while also assisting in the creation of stories about life’s greatest moments.
Here, we look at 10 of the greatest goals ever scored at a FIFA World Cup.
Zinedine Zidane Vs Italy (2006)
Zinedine Zidane’s goal in the 2006 World Cup final, even though it was a penalty, is nonetheless remembered as a great score in one of the most legendary World Cup games ever.
Zidane’s final game as a professional athlete was in the 2006 FIFA World Cup final. Despite the infamous headbutt on Marco Materazzi, Zidane’s performance up until the final whistle was as spectacular as one would expect. One of the most recognizable World Cup goals of all time was his Panenka-style penalty in the opening minutes of the match that just missed the goal line. It called for a lot of confidence because it was such a skillful display.