Tuesday, January 04, 2011


Game Changing Last Minute Goals

Welcome to a new series where I will highlight the uncanny knack of teams, usually home teams, managing to save something from a game that was slipping away from them.

Of course not every last minute goal need be controversial. Witness Michael Tomas at Anfield in '89 and even the other day between Chelsea and Aston Villa when Terry made it 3-2 only for an injury time from the visitors.

These then are the last minute goals in yesterday's Divisi Utama and the impact they had on the score.

Basuki on 90' won the game for Gresik United after Persikota had taken the lead with a first half pen. Ali had equalised but Persikota hung on right till the death. After the goal they protested vehemently but what's the point? No-one's listening and now the AFF Cup is over no one is even watching anymore.

PS Mojokerto Putra were trailing 2-1 at home to newly promoted Perseru but goals on 87' by Evandros and Pohos' second a minute later earned three points for the home team when none had seemed a distinct possibility.

Struggling Persipro were 2-0 down at home to Group 3 leaders Persidafon with 14 minutes on the clock before they recovered. A pen by Junaidi was followed by an equaliser on 89' by Supaham to slow the leaders down somewhat. Before the game Persipro had scored two goals in five minutes. Suddenly they're netting two in 13 minutes!

Persiba looked to be heading for a dull old 0-0 before Seto finally netted on 89' against PSIB. The win moves them up to second.

Of course late goals don't have to be controversial. Maybe I'm just a cynical old git but, rather like in politics, I don't believe in coincidences in football.

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