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A look at famous FIFA World Cup finals including Zinedine Zidane's headbutt on Marco Materazzi

Here is a look at famous FIFA World Cup finals as we build up for the big final on Sunday (December 18) between Argentina vs France at the Lusail Stadium

aditya-pimpale Written By: Aditya Pimpale @AdityaPimpale6 [Updated: December 18, 2022 14:10 IST]
  • A look at famous FIFA World Cup finals including Zinedine Zidane's headbutt on Marco Materazzi in 2006
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    A look at famous FIFA World Cup finals including Zinedine Zidane's headbutt on Marco Materazzi in 2006
  • In the 2006 FIFA World Cup final, Zidane opened the scoring in the seventh minute with an ice-cold ‘Panenka’ penalty, chipping the ball past Gianluigi Buffon, one of football’s most iconic goalkeepers ever. Later in the match, Zidane and Materazzi had a heated exchange, which was followed by some shirt tugging and Zidane’s headbutt into Materazzi’s chest. The French star was sent off.
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    In the 2006 FIFA World Cup final, Zidane opened the scoring in the seventh minute with an ice-cold ‘Panenka’ penalty, chipping the ball past Gianluigi Buffon, one of football’s most iconic goalkeepers ever. Later in the match, Zidane and Materazzi had a heated exchange, which was followed by some shirt tugging and Zidane’s headbutt into Materazzi’s chest. The French star was sent off.
  • In the 1966 World Cup final, hosts England bagged the title for the first and only time in their history, beating West Germany 4-2 in the final. It was an eventful final which witnessed Geoff Hurst's 'Phantom Goal' which helped England lift the trophy. After the normal time ended 2-2, Hurst’s shot in extra-time during the World Cup final, struck the crossbar and bounced behind West Germany goalkeeper Hans Tilkowski.
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    In the 1966 World Cup final, hosts England bagged the title for the first and only time in their history, beating West Germany 4-2 in the final. It was an eventful final which witnessed Geoff Hurst's 'Phantom Goal' which helped England lift the trophy. After the normal time ended 2-2, Hurst’s shot in extra-time during the World Cup final, struck the crossbar and bounced behind West Germany goalkeeper Hans Tilkowski.
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  • Germany were crowned world champions for the fourth time as Mario Gotze's extra-time winner beat Argentina in the 2014 World Cup final. Gotze demonstrated perfect technique and commendable calm to chest down Andre Schurrle's pass and sweep in a left-foot finish with the prospect of a penalty shootout only seven minutes away.
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    Germany were crowned world champions for the fourth time as Mario Gotze's extra-time winner beat Argentina in the 2014 World Cup final. Gotze demonstrated perfect technique and commendable calm to chest down Andre Schurrle's pass and sweep in a left-foot finish with the prospect of a penalty shootout only seven minutes away.
  • The 2010 FIFA World Cup final saw Andres Iniesta struck a dramatic winner late in extra time to give Spain World Cup glory for the first time but condemned the Netherlands to their third defeat in a final. Iniesta drilled his right-foot strike across goal - but the Dutch were incensed after referee Howard Webb had failed to award their side a corner moments earlier when a free-kick took a sizeable deflection off Cesc Fabregas.
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    The 2010 FIFA World Cup final saw Andres Iniesta struck a dramatic winner late in extra time to give Spain World Cup glory for the first time but condemned the Netherlands to their third defeat in a final. Iniesta drilled his right-foot strike across goal - but the Dutch were incensed after referee Howard Webb had failed to award their side a corner moments earlier when a free-kick took a sizeable deflection off Cesc Fabregas.
  • France won the FIFA World Cup for the second time by overcoming Croatia's bold challenge in a thrilling final in Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium back in 2018. Didier Deschamps' side repeated the success on home soil at France '98 by a margin that hardly looked possible as Croatia stood toe-to-toe with the favourites for an hour.
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    France won the FIFA World Cup for the second time by overcoming Croatia's bold challenge in a thrilling final in Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium back in 2018. Didier Deschamps' side repeated the success on home soil at France '98 by a margin that hardly looked possible as Croatia stood toe-to-toe with the favourites for an hour.
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