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Phil McNulty’s top 10 football matches


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As football around the globe remains suspended because of the coronavirus pandemic, BBC Sport’s chief football writer Phil McNulty takes a look at his top 10 favourite football matches.

From World Cup finals, to Premier League finales, to Champions League epics, he revisits the matches that he has been at and reported on that have really stuck in the memory.

You will get the chance to have your say on your own top footballing matches and moments in a live text on the BBC Sport website from 11.30 GMT on Thursday.

Michael Thomas scored the crucial goal that won Arsenal the title against Liverpool in 1989Liverpool 0-2 Arsenal – Anfield, 26 May 1989

This was the Premier League title decider played out at Anfield in late May – a fixture delayed because of the Hillsborough disaster at the FA Cup semi-final with Nottingham Forest on 15 April that claimed the lives of 96 Liverpool fans.

Arsenal needed to win by two goals to take their first title since 1970/71, anything less and Liverpool were champions.

Anfield was calm until Alan Smith glanced home Nigel Winterburn’s free-kick shortly after half-time to give the visitors the lead.

In a nerve-shredding atmosphere, Liverpool midfielder Steve McMahon famously signalled ‘one minute’ to his team-mates but that was all Arsenal needed.

As the great ITV commentator Brian Moore offered the words “it’s up for grabs now”, Michael Thomas decided the destiny of the title with a right-foot flick over Bruce Grobbelaar – virtually the last kick of the season.

And those of us working on the Liverpool Daily Post saw our 24-page “Liverpool Double Winners” special edition – all written and waiting for the final glorious chapter to be written – go straight in the bin.

Stan Collymore scored twice as Liverpool beat Newcastle in a classic in April 1996Liverpool 4-3 Newcastle United – Anfield, 3 April 1996

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