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Peter's Top 10
Peter Beagrie picks his top 10 football moments of the decade. What will be his number one?
Last Updated: 02/01/10 5:18pm
With the decade at an end, skysports.com has assembled its Noughties' Hot 100 - a century of stand-out sporting moments.
It covers all sports, but seeing as we have so many experts to call on, we asked our commentators and columnists to come up with their very own Top Ten from their sport.
And they have picked out one Moment of the Decade, their own personal highlight, from the Noughties - just scroll down to the bottom and watch the video.
Here, football expert Peter Beagrie gives his selection...
10. Ronaldo's free kick against Portsmouth - 2008
Myself and my son had managed to get tickets in the second tier above the dugout and we had an unbelievable view of this goal. We were literally in the box seats. The ball moved with what I call "swazz" (swerve and dip at the same time) and it moved all over the place. Ronaldo had been doing it with enormous regularity but to see him do it live was something special.
9. Owen's hat-trick against Germany 2001
I am a passionate and patriotic England fan but I never enjoy watching them play, even when we're 2-0 up, because we always seem ready to press the self-destruct button. Remember when we threw it away against Portugal at Euro 2000? There's only two big games I can remember where I could relax; one was the 4-1 against Holland at Euro 96 and there was this 5-1 win in Munich. It was a complete performance from England that night.
8. Di Canio's cracker against Wimbledon - 2000
This was amazing... pure Italian exuberance. Paulo thought he was capable of anything and this goal just epitomized him. He was picked out by a great ball from Trevor Sinclair to the far post and he hit it with the outside of his right foot (any normal person would have hit it with the left) and it arrowed past the keeper into the stanchion of the goal. Amazing.
7. Beckham sends England to the World Cup - 2001
David Beckham is one of my favourite players in the world because he has practised and worked hard on his talent and he carries himself so well as a role model. He had been slaughtered in the press, but with that goal he was a player reborn. Out of adversity you take strength and Beckham has always done that. He single-handedly covered every blade of grass that night, set the tempo and scored that goal. One man doesn't make a team - but on this occasion it did.
6. Maxi Rodriguez's World Cup wonder strike - 2006
This was the extra-time goal that took Argentina past Mexico at the 2006 World Cup. A crossfield pass came to Maxi Rodriguez on the edge of the box, he took it on his chest and he smashed it into the top corner. The defender sat off him thinking 'go on, hit it' and it came out of nothing. It was the purest strike you'll ever see and was amazing from a right-footed player.
5. Stuart McCall's car trouble - 1999
Okay, this is just before the decade started, but it's my list so I'm going to bend the rules. My old pal Stuart McCall was celebrating little old Bradford getting to the Premier League and then embarrassed himself to the world by falling off a car. To this day he's convinced it wasn't him, it was his twin brother - even though he hasn't got one! But like any other proper northern bloke, despite falling from five feet, he didn't spill a drop of his beer. I had to give him a lift to the chiropractor the next day to iron him out! His backbone was like an accordion and he needed stretching out again. Great fun!
4. Windass sends Hull to the Premier League - 2008
Mr Potato Head always writes his own scripts and he certainly did so with a wonderful volley to send Hull up to the Premier League in the play-off final. But what it proved more than anything was that Peter Beagrie was a real loss to the coaching profession! In the week before the game I had been coaching Deano on his volleying technique - but I didn't think he'd get the sort of service that I could provide! At half-time during the Sky coverage we even did a split screen to show how similar the goal was to the practice shots we'd been doing.
3. Liverpool rise from the ashes - 2005
Even though I was an Evertonian, I was screaming at the TV that night. I had been brought up watching Liverpool in Europe, my parents used to let me stay up late to watch Sportsnight as a wee bairn! To see them come back from 3-0 down against AC Milan in the Champions League Final and win on penalties was simply amazing.
2. Lionel Messi's goal against Getafe - 2007
Look this one up on YouTube because it was amazing. Messi picks the ball up on the right wing inside his own half and slaloms past about eight players who all seem to be tackling fresh air! It's a Maradona-esque run until he goes wide on his right foot and lifts it over the goalkeeper. Absolutely magnificent.
Peter Beagrie's Moment of the Decade
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