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The last goal scorer is the player who scores the last goal of the game in a 90-minute football match, although last goal scorer bets are possible in other team sports such as hockey and handball.
Ironically, when the final score in a game is 1-0, the player who scored the first goal in the game is also the player who scored the last goal in the game.
However, it is important to note that in football last goal scorer betting, often if a game goes to extra time, then the bet is only paid out on the opening 90 minutes and not the extra time period. It is always best to check the bookmaker terms before betting on a game that could go to extra time.
An example of placing a last goal scorer bet would be to select a Premier League match between Manchester United and Chelsea and pick a player you feel has the best chance of finding the back of the net in the game and opt for them as your last goal scorer.
Last goal scorer odds are longer than anytime goal scorer bets as it is harder to predict as certain parameters need to be considered before placing a last goal scorer bet.
These include whether or not the player is likely to play the full 90 minutes – as if they’re substituted part-way through the match, they’re less likely to score the game’s last goal – or if the team in question is likely to bring on an attacking substitute later in the game.
Of course, a last goal scorer bet could be won with a strike in the first minute but understanding the fitness and capabilities of the player you are backing can go a long way to increasing your chances of backing a winner.
In April 2011, Liverpool player Dirk Kuyt struck a 102nd-minute equaliser against Arsenal with the last kick of the game to steal the Reds a point.
It remains the latest goal in a 90-minute Premier League game to date and no doubt made a few last goal scorer punters very happy indeed.