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Five Of The Best Substitute Appearances In History

The Fan Park Crew rolled back the years, looking at some of the most memorable substitute appearances in the history of the beautiful game - from 1999 right up until last year’s World Cup final.

Dietmar Hamann

Going into half-time 3-0 down in the 2005 Champions League final, Liverpool would’ve felt beaten. Hamman was introduced and, for me, he was the unsung hero of that game. He relieved a great amount of pressure from his fellow midfielders, making killer tackles as Liverpool ended up taking AC Milan to extra-time and then penalties. Hamann took a penalty, albeit with a broken bone in his foot.

Tim Krul

If it didn’t work, Louis van Gaal would’ve been seen as a villain, but it did work, and he was seen as genius. Krul was brought on the 120th minute of extra-time to face penalties in the 2014 World Cup quarter-finals, and after heroically saving two of the strikes, the Netherlands advanced through to the semi-finals of the tournament in Brazil.

Henrik Larsson

The Swede was brought on for Barcelona with 40 minutes to go in the 2006 UEFA Champions League final, while the Catalan club were losing 1-0 to Arsenal. Larsson provided his teammates with two amazing assists, and Barcelona went on to be crowned champions.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer & Teddy Sheringham

One match stood between Manchester United and a treble, but it wasn’t until Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Teddy Sheringham came onto the field that their dreams became reality. Both of the players scored in injury time, as United beat Bayern Munich 2-1 to win the 1999 Champions League final in the most dramatic fashion.

Mario Gotze

Last year the Bayern Munich star was brought on in the 80th minute in the 2014 World Cup against Argentina and went on to score the winner in the 113th minute. Andre Schürrle, who had also come on from the bench, crossed for Gotze who produced a magnificent finish to secure the trophy for the Germans.

Can you remember any other memorable substitute appearances? 

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