Many believe that substitutions are a necessary evil in football.
Previously, if someone was injured in the team, you just had to play in the minority. Then there was a rule that allows you to substitute players who had fallen ill. Over time, coaches began to use substitutions to make adjustments to tactics. Philnews shows that sometimes a clever substitution can decide the outcome of a meeting.
Ole Gunnar Solskjær (Manchester United, 1999 Champions League final)
Ole Gunnar Solskjær moved to MU in 1996. He made his debut as a substitute, immediately scoring a goal. Soon he will repeat this feat again and again-and so 29 times. But his most important goal from a substitute came in the 1999 Champions League final against Bayern. And not only did Solskjær score like that –Teddy Sheringham did the same, who equalized the score at the very end. He also watched the match from the side-lines most of the time.
Gareth Bale (Real Madrid, 2018 Champions League Final)
Gareth Bale was angry that the final match of the Champions League began without his participation – the famous Welshman was seated on the bench and came on the field only in the 61st minute, when the score on the scoreboard was 1: 1. After three minutes Bale would lead his team ahead thanks to an incredibly beautiful goal.
And then there was the second goal due to the actions of Bale and the goalkeeper of the opponent Loris Karius.
Juliano Belletti (Barcelona, Champions League Final 2006)
The Champions League final, 2006. The score is 1: 1. Arsenal is preparing to storm the gates of an opponent who dreams of a fourth title. In the 71st minute, Juliano Belletti appears on the field, replacing Oleguer. He leads the team forward, and then the rival is finished off by Samuel Eto’o.
No news article saw Belletti as the saviour of Catalonia, but football was always an unpredictable game.
Georginio Wijnaldum (Liverpool, Champions League semi-final 2018/19)
In the semi-final clash with Barcelona, Jurgen Klopp did everything right, especially by replacing Andrew Robertson with Georginio Wijnaldum at half-time. It is the Dutchman who will do the double and knock the Catalans out of the tournament:
- Result: 4: 0, one of the best comebacks in the modern history of European competitions.
- It was Georginho Wijnaldum who acted as the catalyst.
Eder (Portugal, Euro 2016 final)
Super samples don’t just happen in the Champions League.
At Euro 2016, no one expected anything special from Portugal. Even their captain Cristiano Ronaldo was injured and could not become the star of the final. It was then that Eder, a little – known football player, came on the scene. However, his goal in the 109th minute immediately turned him into a national hero – and deservedly so.
Mario Goetze (Germany, 2014 World Cup final)
What could be cooler than winning the World Cup? Only the decisive goal in the final.
In 2014, Mario Gotze seemed like the new Messiah of German football – or maybe the “new Messi,” according to Franz Beckenbauer’s description. The final of 2014 was held in an equal fight, everyone could tip the scales in their own direction. The Germans faced Argentina, and only in the 88th minute relatively inexperienced Goetze came on the field, who replaced Miroslav Klose, the record holder for goals for the national team.