Golden Goal: Angelos Charisteas for Greece v Portugal (Euro 2004 final) | Niall McVeigh

The forward’s goal sealed an unlikely tournament victory and still resonates through Greece’s struggles, on and off the pitch; not bad for a scruffy header

Here’s a question without an answer: what is the greatest tournament-winning goal ever scored? Despite a lack of superlative silverware clinchers, any debate on the subject remains pointless without considering context. A shock winner (such as the recently departed Alcides Ghiggia silencing the Maracanã in 1950) or a moment of controversy (Geoff Hurst, 1966) will linger longer in the memory than an aesthetic wonder. Sometimes, a tournament’s final, decisive moment assumes this extra significance because it perfectly frames what has gone before.

Related: Golden Goal: Eric Cantona for Manchester United v Liverpool (1996)

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