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Emma Sanders

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    Unfortunately, that's all we've got time for today.

    Thanks for keeping me entertained with all your suggestions. We all miss football!

    Stay safe everyone and if you want to have a look back through all of Phil's selections, just head over here.

    Don't forget to tune into BBC One from 22:20 BST on Saturday as our Match of the Day pundits are back to discuss their top 10 best Premier League goalkeepers.

    That's then followed by Alan Shearer's choice of classic matches, including Liverpool v Newcastle. Enjoy!

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    Stephen thinks he's cracked it everybody!

    Stephen Jack: I presume these are all just entries for the second best game of all time, as clearly the greatest British club game of all time was Celtic becoming the first British team to win the European Cup in Lisbon in 1967.

    Cru: That Aguero goal. It made my decade.

    Missingman: Agueeeeerrrrroooooooooo. Nothing else comes close.

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    Hmm. These were better times.

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    Video caption: World Cup 2018: Colombia 1-1 England (3-4 pens) highlights
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    In 2016, we did a rewind of that match on live text. If you want to relive it, head over here.

    And if you can put yourself through the pain again, here's Gareth Southgate's penalty miss.

    It's okay boss, you're still "the one."

  5. Euro 96 penalty heartache for England

    England 1-1 Germany (Germany win 6-5 on penalties - 26 June, 1996)

    Phil McNulty

    BBC Sport chief football writer

    Paul Gascoigne narrowly missed the chance to put England in the final

    It was the summer football was 'coming home' after 30 years of hurt, when Euro 96 hysteria gripped the nation as England’s players, under Terry Venables' guidance, went from the shame of the drunken 'Dentist’s Chair' antics in Hong Kong before the tournament to become national heroes.

    The Netherlands were swept aside 4-1 in the group stage while luck was ridden past the winning post on penalties against Spain in the quarter-final, setting up a last four meeting with the old nemesis Germany.

    Wembley was a cauldron of national fervour on a glorious night although there was a fair measure of grim jingoism in the build-up.

    England’s perfect start from Alan Shearer’s header was levelled up by Stefan Kuntz’s quick equaliser.

    Wembley was knee-deep in chewed fingernails in the 'Golden Goal' jeopardy of extra-time.

    Kuntz had a header disallowed for offside while Paul Ince headed off the line from Marco Bode.

    Darren Anderton hit a post before, most agonisingly of all, a second’s hesitation by Paul Gascoigne meant he ended up a fraction away from Shearer’s volleyed cross.

    We all know how it ends. Andreas Kopke saves from Gareth Southgate. Andy Moller scored.

    England lost, Germany won and went on to beat the Czech Republic in the final.

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    We're going to have to wrap this up shortly (boo, I know)!

    But here's the final of Phil's chosen matches. It's another big international involving England at a major tournament.

    More heartache...

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    Jamie Healy: Easy. The Charlton - Sunderland 1998 play off final and Clive Mendonca's beautiful hat-trick.

    Richard: 1970 FA Cup Final. They don't play them like that anymore.......(!) Two teams in Leeds and Chelsea at their best! 2-2.

    Davymac: Best game has to be Northern Ireland beating Spain 1-0 @ 1982 World Cup Finals. Best goal (and I was right behind the nets) was Gareth McCauley against Ukraine at Euro 2016.. Sensational atmosphere.

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    Simon White: Greatest game ever was Utd 4-3 City from 2009. Celebrated Owen’s winner to such a ludicrous extent that my old man threatened to throw me out of the house.

    John McEnerney: Euro 88 Ireland 1 England 0 first game for us in a major tournament against the old enemy. Ray Houghton’s header brought tears of joy to a nation & a session that some are still on. Doesn’t get better than that!

    Ekrem: Inter 3-2 Sampdoria in 2005. Roberto Mancini’s side were trailing Sampdoria by 2 goals with less than 5 minutes to play. Sad home fans were leaving the stadium in disbelief. But Alvaro Recoba with an unstoppable long-range screamer won it for Inter. Unforgettable.

  9. The greatest Premier League match ever?

    Liverpool 4-3 Newcastle (3 April, 1996)

    Phil McNulty

    BBC Sport chief football writer

    Kevin Keegan slumped over the advertising hoardings

    This was one of the great Premier League games in which the brilliance and flaws of Kevin Keegan’s superb mid-90s Newcastle United side were laid bare.

    Newcastle had conceded the Premier League leadership to Manchester United having led by 12 points at one stage – but they still harboured title hopes while Liverpool had similar ambitions.

    In a match of searing tension, brilliance, mistakes and a classic finale, Robbie Fowler put Liverpool ahead but Les Ferdinand and David Ginola scored as Newcastle turned the contest on its head.

    Fowler restored parity again early in the second half before Fausino Asprilla’s touch of class put Newcastle back in front.

    Cue Stan Collymore, first with the equaliser then with the late winner in front of the Kop. Keegan's dug-out slump illustrated the damage done to Newcastle's title tilt.

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    What about a game which didn't go Newcastle's way?

    Phil has opted for Liverpool's 4-3 victory over Kevin Keegan's side, who threw away a momentous lead in the Premier League title race.

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    Dan Smith: Club bias aside, best game I've ever seen has to be Spain 3-3 Portugal at the world cup. Back and forth, immense quality.

    The_isteds: Sunderland 4-4 Charlton, Greatest Playoff Final ever, even though we lost.

    Adam Ayke: The greatest match has to be Newcastle coming from 0-4 after 45 minutes to draw 4-4 at home vs title chasing Arsenal...! A result made even more special by the fact it was a left foot volley from 25yds by Cheick Tiote in the last minute to make it 4-4.

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    In the build-up to the World Cup in 2018, we asked BBC Sport readers to rank their top maddest moments in football.

    Here was the list. Zidane definitely made the cut but I won't tell you where...

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    Zizu's headbutt was genuinely one of the craziest things I've seen in football.

    Here, give it a watch back.

  15. Zidane's France finale ends in shame

    France 1-1 Italy (Italy win the World Cup 5-3 penalties, 9 July 2006)

    Phil McNulty

    BBC Sport chief football writer

    Zinedine Zidane & Marco Materazzi

    This 2006 World Cup Final brought the curtain down on the international career of a superstar, but France’s Zinedine Zidane left the stage in shame.

    The two protagonists in the moment that scarred a stellar career had already made their mark in Berlin’s historic Olympiastadion.

    Zidane had audaciously chipped in an early penalty but Italy’s highly-combustible defender Marco Materazzi headed an equaliser.

    The French maestro inspired his country to the World Cup on home soil in 1998 with two goals in a 3-0 win over Brazil in the final, also playing a key role in their Euro 2000 triumph.

    It was 10 minutes from the end of extra time when Materazzi and Zidane exchanged words before the latter turned and violently head-butted the Italian in the chest.

    Most of us inside the stadium were following the ball away from the action and only saw the full extent of Zidane’s attack on replay – the assistant referee informing Argentine referee Horacio Elizondo, who produced the red card.

    Various versions of events were told about what was the catalyst, with Materazzi claiming he made remarks about Zidane’s sister while Zidane himself said it was an insult aimed his mother, who was ill in hospital at the time.

    Italy went on to win the World Cup on penalties – but the story of that final, outside of Italy, will always be Zidane's France finale.

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    You're right Adam, Phil did go for the World Cup final. Here's what he had to say about it...

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    Richard Patterson: Berwick Rangers 2-1 Forfar Athletic back in 1992-93 season. Berwick were reduced to 9 men including goalkeeper being sent off so midfielder Paul Murray went in goal. Classic.

    Adam Fitzgerald: I know Phil has chosen the final v France with Zidane’s memorable moment of madness.But for me the semi final between against Germany was better-the ending,the no look pirlo pass,the Grosso finish & celebration & Cannavaro’s role at the death.

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    That Southampton match was among the nominations for the BBC Sport match of the decade back in 2002.

    Southampton striker Egil Ostenstad thought he had scored a hattrick against United in that thumping 6-3 win back in 1996 - but one strike was later credited as a Dennis Irwin own goal by the FA's dubious goal panel!

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    Duncan Gates: The greatest ever football match was Port Vale v QPR in the former FL 2nd Division on 19th Jan 1997. 4-0 to Vale at half-time, and 4-1 with 5 minutes to play. The Superhoops pulled it back to draw 4-4.

    Kiffer850: How has nobody mentioned Southampton 6-3 Man United?

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    Mat Hargreaves: FA cup semi-final, 1997. Chesterfield FC v's Middlesbrough. Greatest football day out for me, Juninho in the pocket of Mark Jules. Bruno scoring, a dodgy ref. I sang and sang till I felt sick then sang a bit more.

    Mark Jackson: 1986-87 Watford 4 Walsall 4, FA Cup fifth round, Vicarage Road.

    Mike Brown: Best football moment -Stockport County winning at Nuneaton last season to become champions. And the game before at home to Curzon Ashton when a goal from another game (Spennymoor scoring against Chorley) put us top of the league and got the biggest cheer of the day.

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