World Cup’s 101 Most Memorable Moments: The Golden (Goal) Rule

By Doug McIntyre
FOX Sports activities Soccer Author

Editor’s observe: Every day between now and the kickoff of the primary match of the 2022 FIFA World Cup on Nov. 20, we’ll unveil a special reminiscence from World Cup historical past. The countdown from 101 continues with Bebeto’s basic celebration.

Aside from penalty shootouts, sudden loss of life deciders had by no means been a factor at World Cups.

That modified in 1998, when FIFA debuted its controversial Golden Goal rule on the event for the primary time. Till then, groups performed a half-hour of additional time — throughout which any quantity of objectives may very well be scored — when matches have been nonetheless tied on the finish of 90 minutes.

“Golden” objectives, however, decided the winner then and there. That raised the already-immense stakes through the knockout stage in France. 

Of the eight round-of-16 video games in 1998, only one — between the hosts and Paraguay — went to further time. The dwelling followers’ hearts have been of their throats as the extra session started in Lens, figuring out one mistake from Les Bleus would immediately finish their World Cup desires, with no time to get better. As an alternative, French defender Laurent Blanc grew to become the unlikely scorer of the primary Golden Goal in World Cup historical past.

First Golden Goal

First Golden Goal

French defender Laurent Blanc scored the primary golden purpose to remove Paraguay within the 1998 FIFA World Cup.

An avalanche of complaints that the Golden Goal rule was unfair ultimately led FIFA to revert to the outdated system following the 2002 event. However Blanc’s strike — one in all simply two World Cup Golden Goals ever — lives on not simply because it got here first: it additionally despatched France en path to their first title.

One of many main soccer journalists in North America, Doug McIntyre has coated United States males’s and girls’s nationwide groups at a number of FIFA World Cups. Earlier than becoming a member of FOX Sports activities in 2021, he was a employees author with ESPN and Yahoo Sports activities. Observe him on Twitter @ByDougMcIntyre.

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