Injury-time goals: Florian Lejeune joins the list of the greatest late strikes
The Premier League has had more than its fair share of injury-time goalscoring heroes, and Florian Lejeune is the latest name on the list, albeit an unlikely one.
With Everton 2-0 up against Newcastle 93 minutes into Tuesday’s game, few inside Goodison Park would have predicted they were about to witness a classic comeback.
As the clock ticked into the final minute of added time, Lejeune looked to have notched nothing more than a consolation goal with his spectacular overhead kick. But 102 seconds later, following an almighty goalmouth scramble, the French defender fired over the line once more to spark pandemonium in the away end.
Elsewhere on Tuesday, Tyrone Mings scored a 95th-minute winner for Aston Villa against Watford, while Cliftonville scored twice in 85 injury-time seconds to stun Ballymena United and win the County Antrim Shield.
But what is the best injury-time goal the game has ever seen?
Ninety-three minutes and 20 seconds is a time that will live long in the memory of Manchester City fans – it was the exact moment Sergio Aguero smashed the ball past QPR keeper Paddy Kenny to clinch a first Premier League title for the club in 2012.
That, of course, is City’s most famous last-minute winner – but they are no strangers to late drama, with the 1999 Second Division play-off final once considered the greatest late, late show for the blue half of Manchester.
Joe Royle’s side trailed Gillingham 2-0 at Wembley with five minutes of added time left and their hopes of promotion looked to have gone.
But then Kevin Horlock struck in the 90th minute and Paul Dickov fired home in the dying embers to force extra time and penalties, which they went on to win to secure promotion. And look what has happened since!
*That* play-off semi-final in 2013
That was spectacular play-off drama, but perhaps not as dramatic as events at Vicarage Road in the 2013 Championship play-off semi-final.
With Watford and Leicester City level on aggregate deep into stoppage time, Anthony Knockaert had the chance to seal it from the penalty spot.
Up he stepped, 12 yards out, with only the keeper to beat. Saved!
Watford raced up the other end, Fernando Forestieri crossed, Jonathan Hogg headed down and Troy Deeney smashed home. Watford were in the play-off final! Scenes!
From despair to joy in the space of 19 seconds. Watford fans will never forget that 97th-minute winner.
‘And Solskjaer has won it!’
Every child dreams of winning a cup final for their team, and there’s no better way to do it than an injury-time winner.
Only an select group of players have managed it. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for Manchester United in the 1999 Champions League final, Ben Watson winning the FA Cup for Wigan, but how about David Gray for Hibernian in 2016?
Without a Scottish Cup victory in 114 years, Hibs’ wait for the trophy looked to be extending into another season with Rangers leading 2-1 going into the closing stages.
Anthony Stokes nodded the Edinburgh side level with 10 minutes to go, but it took a captain’s inspired header to end over a century of hurt.
Two minutes into stoppage time full-back Gray thundered home to put his side 3-2 up and spark wild scenes in the green end of Hampden Park. Legendary.
From the sublime to the ridiculous in League Two
Cheltenham took it one step further in an 11-goal thriller with Burton in 2010.
With his side 4-2 down, Michael Pook reduced the arrears in the 84th minute, but Burton immediately hit back to restore their advantage.
In the 87th minute, Pook claimed his second of the afternoon, before team-mate Justin Richards tapped in Cheltenham’s 90th-minute equaliser.
Was the drama done there? No! With the scoreboard showing 94 minutes, Pook slammed home to complete a remarkable 6-5 win.
Pook made 64 appearances for the Whaddon Road club – and scored half of his goals in that one game!
What is the ultimate injury-time goal? Over to you…
We asked fans on #bbcfootball for their favourite late, late goals.
Peter Lee: “It’s obvious isn’t it? Solskjaer 1999!”
Habib: “The best late goal has to be Lucas Moura’s goal against Ajax in the Champions League semi-final. Of course, as a Spurs fan, I would say that. But also, it was the best.”
Mark Armstrong: “It surely has to be famous goalkeeper Jimmy Glass, on loan at Carlisle from Swindon, scoring the last-minute winner to keep them in the Football League!”
David Bailey: “Steve Bruce’s header against Sheffield Wednesday [for Manchester United] – seventh minute of injury time before boards were invented in 1992-93.”
Let us know your thoughts on the best ever injury-time goal via #bbcfootball on Twitter.