Injury time is a period of added time when a match stopped to treat an injured player. The longer the game was stopped for treating an injured player the longer the injury time will be added. In a normal situation they will 3 or 4-minute injury time that will be added however in some situation they can be more than 4 minutes. The longest injury time that ever been recorded for football games is 23 minutes in 2000/01 season in a game between Brentford and Bristol City.
Injury time is very crucial in football games especially in the knockout stages or some important games as once a team had scored the winning goal the other team will have no chance to come back to equalize. And in football crucial games, they are some game that had been decided by an injury time winner and here are some of the games
Manchester United vs Bayern Munich 1999 UEFA Champion League Final
Injury Time Goal scorer: Teddy Sheringham (90+1) and Ole Gunnar Solksjaer (90+3) for Manchester United
To complete the treble United need to face a strong Bayern Munich side and they were totally outplayed in these game after Bayern taken an early lead and the treble dream fading away. But a double sub by bringing in Teddy Sheringham and Ole Gunnar Solksjaer and added with removal of Lothar Matthaus for Bayern Munich added a lifeline to United as they had created panic in the Munich goal and United had scored 2 goals in injury time first by Sheringham in 90 + 1 and the winner by Solksjaer in 90 + 3 to make United become the first English team to win a treble. When the final whistle had been blown United player is in a euphoric mood and Bayern player had collapsed, dejected and devastated on the outcome of the game. The United manager Sir Alex Ferguson had mentioned 3 sentences that had become iconic with regards to this game “Football, Bloody Hell”.
Liverpool vs Borussia Dortmund 2016 UEFA Europe League Quarter Final
Injury Time Goal Scorer: Dejan Lovren (90 + 1) for Liverpool
The appointment of Jurgen Klopp as Liverpool manager in 2015/16 season replacing Brendan Rodger had been celebrated with a sense of optimism due to his reputation. He had earned the love of fan especially when he had knocked out archrival Manchester United in the round of 16 and in the quarter-final, Liverpool had been drawn against his former club Borussia Dortmund. The first leg results are 1 1 and in the second leg in Anfield Dortmund had taken an early 2 goals lead via Henrik Mkhitaryan and Pierre Emerick Aubameyang. In order to progress to the semi-final, Liverpool needs to score 3 goals, and in the second half, a lifeline was given when Origi had scored but Dortmund had scored another goal via Marcus Reus to make it 3-1 and Liverpool now need to score 3 more. They kept on pressuring and attacking the Dortmund goals and had scored via Phillip Coutinho and Mamadou Sakho. The crucial 4th goal come when Dejan Lovren had scored via a header in the injury time to send Liverpool to the semi-final and knocking out Dortmund.
AC Milan vs Ajax Amsterdam 2003 UEFA Champion League Quarter Final Second Leg
Goal Scorer: Jon Dahl Tomasson (90 + 1) for AC Milan
This is the final UCL that has the second-round stages before it had been changed to second-round knockout stages on the following season. On this season in where the final held in Old Trafford Manchester United home ground, AC Milan had won it to make them as 6 times European champion, but Milan may not have made it to the final as they were nearly knocked out in the quarter-final against Ajax. After both teams are tied in the first leg 1-1 in Holland AC Milan had taken the first lead in the quarterfinal but Ajax Amsterdam had leveled the score and making them level on aggregate too. When AC Milan scored again via Shevchenko only to be equalized again by Ajax, this had put AC Milan in a desperate situation as if scoreline stays 2-2 Ajax Amsterdam will progress to the semi-final via away goals rule but an injury time goal by Tomasson had won them the tie.
2018 World Cup Qualifier African Continent
Injury Time Goal Scorer: Mohammad Salah (90 + 4) for Eygpt
Egypt last appearance in the World Cup is in 1990. Although Egypt had made less appearance in World Cup but they are the most successful team in Africa as they won the African cup for 7 times with including 3 consecutive tournament victories starting from 2006 until 2010 the first team to do it in this competition and when Mohammad Salah had converted the penalty in 90 + 4 minutes in the crucial game against Congo it has sent the whole Egypt in a euphoric state of appearing in the World Cup for only the third time in their history
Arsenal vs Liverpool 1989 First Division English Championship
Injury Time Goal Scorer: Michel Thomas (90 + 1) for Arsenal
A must wins the game for Arsenal to clinch the title, but they must do it by defeating Liverpool in Anfield with 2 clears goals. Liverpool is the team during these times and it looked like a mammoth task for Arsenal. Even when Alam Smith opened the scoring for Arsenal the title is still in Liverpool but another injury-time winner and this come from Micheal Thomas who had scored the first goal for Arsenal and with this goal Arsenal had been crowned the champions and this is the only time that a champion had been decided by a goal difference in the old First Division English Championship
Chelsea vs Barcelona 2009 UEFA Champion League Semi Final Second Leg
Injury Time Goal Scorer: Andreas Iniesta (90 + 3) for Barcelona
When Guus Hiddink Chelsea had stopped Barcelona, form scoring in Nou Camp to make the score 0-0, Chelsea needs to win their second leg game to set up the repeat of 2008 final against United who had booked their place in the final by knocking out Arsenal. They are looking on course when Michel Essien had scored a thumping long-range volley to give Chelsea the lead and at the same times nullified Barca where they do not have a clear shot on goal for the whole minute but when comes to injury time a Messi pass to Iniesta who had taken a first time shot and this is Barca first shot on target and it had led to the crucial away goal scored and knocking out Chelsea . Chelsea was furious which what they deemed as a bad and bias referee and Barcelona had progressed to the final and won it and becoming the first Spanish team to win the treble and it also had started the Guardiola’s Barcelona team era.
Chelsea vs Benfica 2013 UEFA Europa League Final
Injury Time Goal Scorer: Branislav Ivanovic (90 + 3) for Chelsea
One team wanted to overcome the curse of Bella Guttman former Benfica manager who had cursed that Benfica will never win another European Champion in 100 years and another team wants to become the first English team to win all 3 European competition. A tensed game that started with Chelsea scoring first before Benfica scoring the equalizer. And in the 90 + 3-minute Ivanovic had scored the winning which makes Chelsea rewrite the UEFA history book and Benfica is still unable to overcome the curse of Bella Guttman
The injury time goals are what makes football the most watched sport in the world as it provided the unpredictability and a great euphoric for the team who had scored the injury time goals to win a game and great dejection and devastation for the team that had conceded the injury time goals. It shows in football it true that the game never ends until the final whistle had been blown.