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13 Oct 2020

Football’s Best Substitutions that Changed the Course of the Match

Football is all about timing, choosing the right player for a specific occasion. All players would like to make it into the starting eleven, and fans are likely to blame coaches for not starting a certain player. However, there is more to deciding who to play first and who to keep on the bench than just the players’ skills. Most coaches have a "secret weapon" on the bench who is capable of changing the game. Note that most goals are scored in the second half of the match, and that's the reason substitutes score at a higher rate than starting players. And to get the best odds in the first and second half markets, signup for the best betting software, VIP-IBC!


Players who changed the game as subs in the Champions League


There are plenty of players who have performed wonders as subs, however, there are those who are not easily forgotten due to how their goals affected the outcome of the match. The Champions League second-leg match between Liverpool FC and Barcelona FC at Anfield is the most remarkable in recent history. Barcelona achieved a 3-0 victory in the first round at Camp Nou. We can't tell what was on Liverpool's players' minds when the referee blew the first whistle in the second-leg of the semi-finals. All we can say is that they knew they were not alone. Origi’s winning goal might have rocked Anfield. But Georginio Wijnaldum brace in the space of 122 seconds was truly an incredible performance.


We can’t talk of the Champions League memorable moments and not mention the "Baby Faced Assassin", Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. With Bayern Munich leading the match from Mario Basler’s 6th-minute goal and dominating the game, there was no hope for the Red Devils in the 90th minute. Teddy Sheringham’s equalizer in the injury time changed everything, and that was miraculous enough. However, within 30 seconds, Ole Gunnar scored the winning goal from David Beckham’s corner. That was one of the greatest comebacks in football history.


Super subs in the World Cup


The 2014 World Cup final between Germany and Argentina was historical. Both countries were well represented, with deadly players, Messi, Higuain, Ezequiel Lavezzi, Klose, Kroos, Ozil, Muller, but none of them could find the net.   After 90 minutes of intense football, the game continued to the extra time. It seemed like the winner was going to be decided on the penalty shootouts. In the 113-minute of the match Mario Götze, who came in as a sub in the 88th minute, scored an incredible goal to give Germany one more World Cup title.


Another World Cup sub to be reckoned is the Russian Denis Cheryshev who replaced the injured Alan Dzagoev in the 24th minute. Russia won the opening match by 5 goals to nil against Saudi Arabia and set the record of the most scored goals by hosts in the opening match of the World Cup. The Russians took the lead in the 12th minute, courtesy of Yury Gazinsky’s goal. Cheryshev scored the second goal for Russia in the 43rd minute and completed his brace in the 1st minute of the injury time.

The likes of David Fairclough, Wiltord, Günter Netzer, Trezeguet, Oliver Bierhoff, Marouane Fellaini, Nacer Chadli, Jermaine Defoe, and many more have made wonders as subs. There are more great moments in sports history that you can learn about with the best betting platform.

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