The best endings to title matches

Kris Jenkins of the Villanova Wildcats celebrates after making the game-winning three pointer. Photo / Getty
Kris Jenkins of the Villanova Wildcats celebrates after making the game-winning three pointer. Photo / Getty

The Villanova Wildcats' win over North Carolina in Houston is being rated a one of sports' greatest last gasp victories in a title game. Kris Jenkins delivered a classic buzzer beater to break the deadlock and snare the NCAA college trophy. We check out other famous last-gasp victories in trophy games.

2015 NRL grand final, Sydney

The all-Queensland stoush between the Cowboys and Broncos may be the best grand final ever. After years of bad luck in playoff games, the Cowboys won their first title 17 - 16 in the most dramatic of fashions. They scored on fulltime to level but Johnathan Thurston's sideline conversion hit the post, the anguish revealed by the star playmaker's emotional reaction. But Ben Hunt knocked on the opening extra time kickoff, and after a couple of misfires Thurston landed the winning field goal. Sport doesn't get any better than this.

2016 world T20 final, Kolkata

Fresh in the mind, and it will stay that way for along time. The West Indies needed 19 from the last over, improbable even by T20s wild-hitting standards. Step up Carlos Braithwaite, who did the job with two balls to spare balls, hitting England allrounder Ben Stokes' friendly deliveries for four consecutive sixes. With the 66,000 crowd screaming, he delivered the final blow into the stands even though the West Indies only needed a single for victory. Stunning.

2014 Super Rugby final, Sydney

The Crusaders have often been experts at killing off games in the final minutes, retaining the ball to deny opponents a chance for victory. They led 32 - 30 with four minutes remaining, leaving the Waratahs staring defeat in the face before a massive crowd at ANZ Stadium. But Craig Joubert awarded a highly controversial ruck penalty against Richie McCaw, and Bernard Foley - at the edge of his range - landed the 45 metre winning penalty on fulltime giving New South Wales their first title. "The kick was right on my borderline, there wasn't much left in it and I had to give it everything, the rugby Gods were smiling and it just snuck over," Foley said.

1999 UEFA Champions League final

Manchester looked down and out against Bayern Munich in Barcelona, the German side taking an early lead which they held on 90 minutes, when three minutes of injury time were indicated. United replacement Teddy Sherringham and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer scored leading to delirious scenes and astounding noise at the Nou Camp. Bayern players slumped on the ground in despair, almost unable to play out the final seconds. United manager Sir Alex Ferguson said: "You can't top that, it's the pinnacle. You can equal it, you can maintain your standards and pride, but you can't top that."

- NZ Herald

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