Match of the Decade No.14 “A 114-year wait comes to an end.”

Number 14: “A 114-year wait comes to an end.”

Match: Rangers 2 – 3 Hibernian | Date: 21st May 2016 | Competition: Scottish Cup Final

Some things in life are worth waiting for. The wait can heighten expectations, build drama, and create memories that will last a lifetime. 

After forty-one thousand, six hundred and sixty-five days of waiting, fans of the then Scottish Championship side Hibernian finally witnessed the conclusion of their Scottish Cup drought.

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Match of the Decade No.15 “Nacer Chadli fires Belgium to the World Cup quarter-finals.”

Number 15: “Nacer Chadli fires Belgium to the World Cup quarter-finals.”

Match: Belgium 3 – 2 Japan | Date: 2nd July 2018 | Competition: World Cup Round of 16

In my opinion, there’s nothing greater in football than a comeback story. The hunger from the players, the desperation from the fans, and the idea of clinging on to hope always produces a memorable spectacle.

On a warm Monday night in Rostov, Belgium completed their own comeback story for the ages thanks to one final counter-attack and one particular strike from the then 28-year-old Nacer Chadli.

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Introducing… “ByJohnSmith’s 15 Favourite Football Matches Of The Decade.”

You’ve just got to love the catchy headline. 

The 2010s have been a sensational decade for football. We’ve seen arguably the greatest team of all time, two of the all-time greats dominate around the world, and underdog stories that will last a lifetime.

Starting this Friday, I’ll be ranking my 15 personal favourite football matches from across the decade that should conclude on the 27th of December. That is… unless University work disrupts this schedule. I’ve been planning this series for quite a while now and I’m excited to see the responses to it.

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