Words: Josh Millar
Images: Offside Sports Photography (Main) / BBC Sport (Body)
This season’s Premier League title race seems to be going down to the wire, Liverpool’s last-minute winner sneaked them back in front of current champions Man City on Sunday. The cliché is that teams ride their luck on the way to winning a title with last-minute goals, but is that always the case?
Sort of. In the 26 years of the Premier League, only five of the champions have scored the most ‘winning goals’ in the final five minutes, although overall, eight of the last 12 have been the teams with the most with 60 seconds left on the clock.
The BBC report that history is kind of on their side, Liverpool would be struggling to challenge City this season without those winners, gaining five points from netting in the 90th minute this season, while City haven’t won any. Although that just means City are just incredibly good at football, doesn’t it?
Toby Alderweireld’s own goal on the weekend also meant Liverpool stayed firmly at the top of another table. They’ve scored the most 90th-minute winners in the history of the Premier League with 33, Arsenal are second with 25, while Everton finally make the top 6 of something with 20 last-minute winners in the last 26 years. And that’s the real quiz.