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On This Day In 1998: Raul’s Iconic Winning Goal

Soccer - World Club Championship - Toyota Cup - Real Madrid v Vasco da Gama, Tokyo, Japan Photo by Matthew Ashton/EMPICS via Getty Images

Real Madrid have won seven World Championships. 22 years ago today, they won their second, beating Vasco da Gama 2 - 1 in Tokyo, a few months after they won their their seventh Champions League title after beating Zinedine Zidane’s Juventus in Amsterdam.

Against Vasco, Real Madrid opened the scoring after Roberto Carlos forced an own goal. In the second half, Juninho (yes, that Juninho), scored the equalizer, forcing extra-time.

Then came Raul’s genius winning goal:

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On 1 December 1998, Real Madrid won the second of their seven world championship titles by beating Vasco de Gama in the Intercontinental Cup. The game was played at the National Stadium in Tokyo and Raúl was the star man in a historic moment for Real Madrid with el gol del aguanís. The striker won the match in the final minutes, dribbling into the area up against two opponents that he left on the ground before scoring the winning goal.

Earlier, the team coached by Guus Hiddink had taken the lead thanks to an own goal. Roberto Carlos crossed from the left and Nasa, in his attempt to clear, turned the ball into his own goal. After the break, the Brazilians levelled the score through Juninho, but Raúl settled the game with a famous goal.


2-Real Madrid: Illgner, Panucci, Fernando Sanz, Hierro, Sanchís, Roberto Carlos, Savio (Suker, 90’), Redondo, Seedorf, Mijatovic (Jarni, 86’) and Raúl.

1-Vasco de Gama: Carlos Germano, Vágner (Vítor, 81’), Odvan, Mauro Galvao, Felipe, Nasa, Juninho, Luizinho (Guilherme, 86’), Ramón (Válber, 89’), Donizete and Luizao.

Goals:1-0 (min. 25): Nasa (o.g).1-1 (min. 56): Juninho.2-1 (min. 83): Raúl.

Stadium: National Stadium in Tokyo (Japan)

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