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    Has a World Cup final ever gone to extra time?

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    With international glory and national folklore at stake, the World Cup final represents one of – if not the – most stress-inducing fixture in the footballing world.

    Some finals are played with mind-boggling freedom and produce goal feasts, but others are the more cagey affairs that you’d expect for such weighted occasions – with some sides unable to be separated when that 90th-minute whistle is sounded.

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    A total of seven World Cup finals have been decided in non-regulation time, with two going the whole distance. So, what finals have gone to extra time?

    Italy hosted the second edition of the World Cup in 1934 and, after narrow victories at the quarter-final and semi-final stages following a 7-1 win over the United States in the last 16, ended up winning the whole thing as they overcame Czechoslovakia in the final.

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    The final took a worrying turn when Czechoslovakia took a late lead in the 71st minute, but Raimundo Orsi equalised ten minutes later to take the game to extra time. Prolific striker Angelo Schiavio took just five minutes into the additional period to net the winner and earn the Azzurri their first of four world triumphs.

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    Bobby Moore holds aloft the Jules Rimet trophy with hat-trick hero Geoff Hurst to the left of him / -/GettyImages

    Of course a World Cup final has gone to extra time! Who could ever forget this one?! One of the greatest ever World Cup finals, England’s 4-2 extra-time victory over West Germany will live very long in the memory.

    The Three Lions might have been disheartened when their opposition took a strong position to deny them a home-soil World Cup win with a 12th-minute opener. A quick Geoff Hurst reply and Martin Peters’ 78th-minute strike, however, turned that feeling right around.

    Wolfgang Weber’s last-gasp equaliser might have felt like a dagger in the heart for the near-97,000-strong crowd at Wembley, but it did set up a bit of history.

    101st and 120th-minute goals from Hurst (we won’t mention the legality of his second and England’s third) sealed England’s first and, to date, only World Cup crown as well as standing him alone as the only player to score a hat-trick in a World Cup final.

    Argentina and Netherlands both finished runners-up in their respective groups in the first round, but topped them in the second round to advance to the 1978 final.

    The Netherlands might have been hopeful of avoiding a second consecutive World Cup final defeat when Dick Nanninga’s late strike cancelled out Mario Kempes’ first-half opener for La Albiceleste.

    Kempes, however, rounded off his standout 1978 World Cup performance by netting a second in the 105th minute before Ricardo Bertoni added a killer third five minutes before the extra-time full-time whistle.

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    Heartbreak for Baggio / Alessandro Sabattini/GettyImages

    It would take until the 15th edition of the World Cup for a final to go all the way to a penalty shootout.

    Brazil and Italy couldn’t be separated at Los Angeles’ Rose Bowl as a goalless draw led them to the lottery of penalties. After both teams missed their opening spot kicks and Daniele Massaro also failed to convert for Italy, the score was poised at 3-2 after four penalties.

    Stepping up at the crucial moment, the great Roberto Baggio was unable to convert the Italians’ fifth penalty, gifting Brazil their fourth World Cup title.

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    Farewell Zizou / ROBERTO SCHMIDT/GettyImages

    12 years later, Italy avenged the events of 1994 by winning the World Cup on penalties. Competing in a drama- and controversy-riddled final with France, the Azzurri fared a lot better from the spot as they scored all five in the shootout.

    A goalless extra-time period, after Marco Materazzi had cancelled out Zinedine Zidane’s opener all within the first 20 minutes of the match, set the tie up for a fittingly dramatic ending, with the legendary Zizou seeing red in the send half of additional time.

    Without their talismanic great, the French were put to bed by the clinical Italians, who eventually ran out 5-3 winners in the shootout.

    Andres Iniesta

    Andres Iniesta paid tribute to Dani Jarque after scoring the winner in the 2010 World Cup final / Jamie McDonald/GettyImages

    Next time out, a tight and yellow card-littered contest between Spain and the Netherlands finished 0-0 on the referee’s 90th-minute whistle, with additional time once again having to decide the World Cup final.

    John Heitinga put the pressure on the Dutch by getting himself sent off on 106 minutes, allowing Spain to push and eventually net a late extra-time winner through Andres Iniesta.

    The Spanish maestro took David Silva’s pass into his stride before beautifully thrashing a half volley into the net, before famously removing his shirt and wheeling away in a vest marked with a tribute to Dani Jarque.

    Mario Goetze

    Gotze was the hero / Matthias Hangst/GettyImages

    For a third time on the bounce, the World Cup final went into extra time in Brazil in 2014.

    Once again a goalless bout by the 90-minute mark, Germany and Argentina found themselves heading to extra time in their third meeting on football’s ultimate stage – with one man hogging the headlines thereafter.

    Mario Gotze might not have starred upon his surprise recall for the 2022 World Cup, but he was the central talking point following his contribution eight years prior.

    After being introduced to the action in the 88th minute, it would take until the 113th minute for the diminutive German to chest down Andre Schurrle’s cross and stretch to volley the ball into the far corner of the net in one stunning, sweeping motion – putting a sensationally dramatic end to the World Cup final tension.

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