The golden goal rule was introduced for the 1998 World Cup in France.
FIFA wanted to get teams to play less defensive during extra-time and to produce dramatic finishes, and that’s what happened in the round of last 16 when hosts France met underdogs Paraguay.
The match was very tense and France seemed to suffer under the massive pressure to do well. They were able to create several chances, but the South Americans fought like Lions and kept them at bay.
The match went into extra-time scoreless. But when everybody was already preparing for a penalty shootout, Laurent Blanc’s big moment would come in the 113th minute.
The France defender got on the end of a cross and thundered in a valley past Paraguay goalkeeper, Chilavert.
It was the first golden goal in World Cup history and the whole nation breathed a huge sigh of relief.
Three matches later France would famously go on to lift the trophy in Paris and Blanc’s goal would became one of the most memorable goals of the tournament.
Who knows, what would have happened without the newly introduced golden goal rule…