Even in matches between two football powerhouses, there is a very high possibility 1 team fires just a salvo of 3 or more goals in a less than a quarter of the match that decides the match there and then. Here are the top 8 football salvo’s of 3 or more goals that took place within a 25-minute period.
2011/12 was the most goal prolific season for FC Barcelona and Leo Messi. The masterclass of the little magician against Bayer Leverkusen in round 16 of the UEFA Champions League was sensational. He was the first player to score 5 goals in a single match of the UEFA Champions League and Christian Tello, who made his champions league debut, scored 2.
It was perhaps Leo Messi’s best performance of the year and, for that reason, Bayer Leverkusen might be happy they do not face Messi this year.
In the 2015/16 Premier League, Arsenal always seem to choke against the big teams. If they are serious about their title ambitions, they needed to send a message, and what’s better than beating Manchester United convincingly at the Emirates. The opening 20 minutes were all Arsenal, who seemed to be playing with 22 men, as United struggled to cope. Arsenal, known to create tons of chances but often failing to capitalize, punished them with 3 goals coming in a 12 minute period. This effectively sealed the match, as both teams remained evenly matched for the rest of the match, but the opening salvo ensured Arsenal scored 3 big points in the Premier League.
The 2013/14 season saw Liverpool’s attacking style of football rip up some of the finest teams in English Football. When Arsenal visited Anfield, they were on the receiving end of a 5-1 thrashing, a match that started an 11-match winning streak for the Reds. The match was over by the 20th minute, when the Liverpool attack notched 4 goals with the 5th and a sole consolation goal of the gunners coming in the second half.
The attack showed overall play from Liverpool, for a striker, midfielder scored from open play, and their set piece ability as it was their defender, Martin Skrtel who had the most goals in that opening salvo.
This match will be remembered as the greatest defeat of Brendan Rodgers’ career. The final game of the disastrous 2014/15 season and the last match for Steven Gerrard in a Liverpool jersey would not end well.
A shabby Liverpool side, were just decimated by a strong Stoke city attack, with a 5 goal salvo in the first half, ensuring Liverpool would end the season miserably. The match would be an embarassing performance for the Reds as former Red’s Adam (who was in the 5 goal salvo) and Peter Crouch (in the second half) would score against their former team.
The final match of the Premier League season of 2012-13 and the last match at the helm of Manchester United for Sir Alex Ferguson. He had requested United give their all in his final game and at the 63rd minute, despite some sloppy defending it seemed he would walk out with a win in his final game, as United were 5-2 up. However, a late surge by West Brom threatened to ruin the party and in the last 10 minutes, West Brom came back to the game with 3 quick goals in a six minute period, to level the match at 5-5.
Goals from Lukkaku and Mulumbu sealed it as the Baggies denied Sir Alex a winning end to his legendary career, but treated all the fans to an amazing game of football.
One of the greatest wins for the Red Devils, a total one sided goal scoring match. 10 goals in a game that many had not seen one-sided between two English Powerhouses.
Overall, Arsenal were just off the pace with a difficult start in the 2011/12 season and Untied and their neighbours city, were flying into the lead in the Premier League. Middle of the second half, a 4 goal Salvo (and a single goal from Arsenal’s Robin van Persie), put the result beyond any doubt as United celebrated a fine win in the Premier League era.
2011/12, the season Manchester announced themselves to the English Elite, no better way than to beat the defending Premier League Champions heavily in their own turf. It was their first win in a while over City neighbours, but the largest win for the Citizens at Old Trafford.
Overall, dominating, the last 3 minutes so the City attack tear into a demoralized, tired United defence, adding 3 rapid goals to give the scoreline a convincing manner, and gave a lot of thought for the United management.
The most significant goal salvo in a 25 minute period, these 18 minutes in the 2014 World Cup Semi Final, broke a nation. Brazil hoping to win a sixth world cup on home soil were utterly smashed by the powerful Germans who would go onto win their 4th World Cup.
The first half saw a dismal Brazil defence get ripped apart, with the Germans seemingly scoring for fun. By the 30th minute, most people around the nation were in tears if they even had the strength to watch the match.
Salvos normally end with breaking the hearts of the fans of a team from a city, not a country. This performance, left the world in shock and will be an infamous incident in Brazilian football history.