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Our list of the ten best goals in WC history.
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Rocheteau and Rummenigge during the memorable semifinal between West Germany and France in 1982.


 
 
 
 
 

 

GAMES


The ranking below is compiled based on a survey held on this website in January 2011 where readers could submit their own Top 10 rankings of best World Cup matches.


1. Italy vs West Germany 4-3 aet in 1970
Our readers' number one game. A classic in every sense. An injury-time equalizer secured extra-time for the Germans, and five more goals were scored in the extra half hour that saw Italy go through to the final. [Matchfacts]
2. West Germany vs France 3-3 (5-4)ap in 1982
This rollercoaster battle had everything. High drama, controversial refereeing, quality goals and a nerve wrecking penalty shoot-out to top it off. France led 3-1 in extra-time and went close to scoring a fourth, but the Germans once again showed remarkable strength and leveled the score, before winning on penalties. [Matchfacts]
3. Italy vs Brazil 3-2 in 1982
Paolo Rossi woke up and scored a great hat-trick against the "unbeatable" Brazilian class of '82, in a match the South Americans only needed a draw to reach the semifinal. [Matchfacts]
4. France vs Brazil 1-1 (4-3)ap in 1986
Platini, Zico, Giresse, Socrates, Tigana and Junior all in their thirties in this quarterfinal, but what a match they produced in what was their last chance of World Cup glory. [Matchfacts]
5. England vs West Germany 4-2 aet in 1966
The famous Wembley final which went into extra time because of yet another late German equalizer. Geoff Hurst with a hat-trick including the controversial "Was it over the line?". [Matchfacts]
6. Belgium vs Soviet Union 4-3 aet in 1986
Superb entertainment and lots of goalmouth action in this seven-goal-thriller that swung back and forth. [Matchfacts]
7. Hungary vs Uruguay 4-2 aet in 1954
The defending world champions versus the Mighty Magyars. A superb match that had fans on the edge of their seats. [Matchfacts]
8. Argentina vs England 2-2 (4-3)ap in 1998
The best match of the 1998 World Cup. Lots of drama including Beckham's red card and two great goals by Owen and Zanetti. [Matchfacts]
9. Romania vs Argentina 3-2 in 1994
Dumitrescu and Hagi took advantage of an Argentina team still suffering from the loss of Maradona. [Matchfacts]
10. Brazil vs Italy 4-1 in 1970
Pelé crowned himself king of football with his third World Cup title. Attacking football displayed at its finest, especially in the second half, in Brazil's most impressive victory. [Matchfacts]

 
 

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