Monday 16 April 2012

Premier League 20 Seasons Awards: Best Match

Take a look at the nominees for the Best Match in Premier League history

WATCH HIGHLIGHTS OF EACH MATCH AND VOTE IN THE 20 SEASONS AWARDS

The Premier League has produced some fantastic matches full of drama, skill, and incident in the past two decades.

And you can have your say as the public will vote for the Best Match in Premier League history.

These are the 10 that made it on to the shortlist:

LIVERPOOL 4-3 NEWCASTLE UNITED (1995/96)

3rd April, 1996

Newcastle travelled to third-placed Liverpool only three points behind leaders Manchester United and desperately needing a victory. Les Ferdinand and David Ginola put the Magpies ahead after Robbie Fowler's early goal, then after Fowler levelled, Tino Asprilla restored the visitors' lead. Enter Stan Collymore. He bundled in to make it 3-3 then, in the dying moments, with space on the left of the area, Collymore smashed in a near-post drive which left Newcastle boss Kevin Keegan stunned.

NEWCASTLE UNITED 5-0 MANCHESTER UNITED (1996/97)

20th October, 1996

Newcastle United took revenge on the team which pipped them to the title the previous season in style. Darren Peacock headed the opener before David Ginola's sensational curling effort made it 2-0. Les Ferdinand headed in off the bar, Alan Shearer nipped in to slam home a loose ball before Philippe Albert put the icing on the cake with a wonderful chip which left Peter Schmeichel stranded. It capped an extraordinary Sunday which is now part of Geordie folklore.

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 3-5 MANCHESTER UNITED (2001/02)

September 29th, 2001

Manchester United showed why they had been crowned champions in the previous three seasons with one of the Premier League's greatest comebacks. Dean Richards nodded in, Les Ferdinand unleashed an unstoppable drive and Christian Ziege powerfully headed home to gave Spurs a seemingly insurmountable 3-0 half-time lead. What happened next? Andrew Cole, Laurent Blanc and Ruud van Nistelrooy all headed in to bring United level with 18 minutes to go. Then Juan Veron's left-foot drive and David Beckham's thunderbolt completed an unbelievable turnaround.

PORTSMOUTH 7-4 READING (2007/08)

29th September, 2007

The highest-scoring match in Premier League history was as unexpected as it was unforgettable. Benjani's two goals put Portsmouth 2-1 up at half-time - then  the floodgates opened. Dave Kitson's amazing finish levelled at 2-2, Hermann Hreidarsson restored Pompey's lead then Benjani completed his hat-trick. Niko Kranjcar headed a fifth, James Harper volleyed in to pull one back, Sean Davis's deflected shot made it 6-3, Sulley Muntari's penalty was Pompey's seventh and Sol Campbell still had time to put through his own net to complete an amazing match.

ARSENAL 4-4 TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR (2008/09)

29th October, 2008

The North London derby is rarely an uneventful match, but this was a truly memorable encounter. David Bentley set the tone by volleying in an unstoppable opener on 13 minutes, Mikael Silvestre levelled before half time then after the break William Gallas headed home and Emmanuel Adebayor bundled in to make it 3-1. Darren Bent pounced to give Spurs hope, but Robin van Persie slammed home almost immediately to seemingly quell the comeback. Yet, in one of the great dramatic finales, Jermaine Jenas curled in a fabulous goal then - four minutes into injury time - Aaron Lennon pounced to level.

LIVERPOOL 4-4 ARSENAL (2008/09)

21st April, 2009

A match which will be forever associated with an exceptional display from Arsenal's Andrey Arshavin which hit Liverpool's title challenge. His first strike in off the bar gave Arsenal a half-time lead. And after Fernando Torres' header and Yossi Benayoun's bundled finish put Liverpool ahead, the Russian scored a beauty with an unstoppable drive. He pounced for a third, Torres levelled again, then Arshavin finished off a breakaway for number four. Benayoun's injury-time leveller denied Arshavin the label of match-winner, but it was a fitting conclusion to an amazing contest.

MANCHESTER UNITED 4-3 MANCHESTER CITY (2009/10)

20th September, 2009

One of the great Manchester derbies also had one of the most exciting finishes. Wayne Rooney's early opener was cancelled out by Gareth Barry to ensure parity at the interval. Darren Fletcher headed United back in front but Craig Bellamy equalised with a rocket shot worthy of the occasion. Fletcher thought he had won it with another header 10 minutes from time, but again Bellamy thwarted him with a wonderful solo effort on 90 minutes. Yet in the sixth minute of stoppage time, Michael Owen produced a trademark finish to win the match.

NEWCASTLE UNITED 4-4 ARSENAL (2010/11)

5th February, 2011

This was another comeback which has earned its place in sporting folklore. Arsenal were keeping pace with Manchester United in the title race - and as they stormed to a brilliant 4-0 half-time lead on Tyneside, they had every reason to expect another three points. Theo Walcott, Johan Djourou and Robin van Persie (twice) gave Arsenal a lead which they still held with just 22 minutes to go. Two Joey Barton penalties sandwiched Leon Best's strike as the Geordie faithful sensed a famous afternoon - and Cheick Tiote's unstoppable left-foot volleyed screamer with three minutes to go sparked a justifiably wild celebration.

MANCHESTER UNITED 8-2 ARSENAL (2011/12)

28th August, 2011

Matches between the Premier League's big guns are rarely dull - but no-one could have predicted this extraordinary contest which saw Manchester United inflict Arsenal's heaviest defeat in 116 years. Ashley Young's 25-yard curler was the pick of the first-half goals as United went in 3-1 up at the break. But United were in no mood to sit back after the interval as Wayne Rooney completed a sixth United hat-trick and Ashley Young scored another cracker to leave Arsenal shell-shocked and cap a delirious afternoon for the home faithful.

MANCHESTER UNITED 1-6 MANCHESTER CITY (2011/12)

23rd October, 2011

Less than two months after their extraordinary victory over Arsenal, Manchester United were on the receiving end of an equally remarkable scoreline at the hands of their neighbours and title rivals. Much-talked about striker Mario Balotelli revealed his famous 'Why Always Me?' T-shirt after putting City ahead, but the 1-0 half-time scoreline gave little sense of the fireworks to come. Balotelli and Sergio Aguero made it 3-0 after the break, before Darren Fletcher's sublime finish sparked hopes of a comeback. But City produced a brutal ending, scoring on 89, 91 and 93 minutes to inflict the heaviest home defeat on Manchester United since February 1955.

WATCH HIGHLIGHTS OF EACH MATCH AND VOTE IN THE 20 SEASONS AWARDS

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Key Points

  • Premier League is celebrating 20 Seasons
  • Awards for the greatest stars and best moments in Premier League history
  • The public will vote on the Best Match award
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