Golden Goal: Jean-Pierre Papin for France v Belgium (1992)

Striker had an extraordinary ability to score from any distance and any angle but even by his standards this was magical Karim Benzema has been publicly reflecting, let’s say, on France’s ability to win the World Cup with a “go-kart” of a striker, Olivier Giroud. He might also recall Stéphane Guivarc’h, who led the line for France in 1998. For their two World Cup triumphs, France have had centre-forwards who went through the whole tournaments without finding the net. In the early 90s, on the other hand, they had one of the deadliest finishers the game has seen – and they made fools of themselves on the international stage. Go-kart? Go figure. Related: Carlos's 1986 World Cup foul and the value of rethinking our villains | Jonathan Wilson Continue reading...