10 shocking substitutions, feat. Lineker, Gerrard and a mouthy West Ham fan

5. Psycho makes a mug out of Macken, Manchester City vs Middlesbrough 2005

It was all quite embarrassing for Jon Macken, the striker who was left on the bench as James bumbled around up top

This final-day encounter was essentially a play-off for the final UEFA Cup spot, with Manchester City needing to win and Boro able to draw to secure qualification. The scores were level at 1-1 when Stuart Pearce sent City keeper David James up front in the closing minutes as his side searched for a goal, with midfielder Claudio Reyna taken off for substitute shot-stopper Nicky Weaver.

It was all quite embarrassing for Jon Macken, the striker who was left on the bench as James bumbled around up top. The wacky idea did help win City a penalty in injury time, though, but Mark Schwarzer saved from Robbie Fowler to earn Boro their place in Europe.

6. LvG's keeper swap shop, Holland vs Costa Rica 2014

The Netherlands had to rely on penalties to beat Costa Rica in the quarter-finals, with Van Gaal creating a major talking point by replacing his goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen in the last minute of extra time

When his Dutch team hammered Spain 5-1 at the World Cup in Brazil, Manchester United fans must have been pining for new boss Louis Van Gaal. How time flies...

The Netherlands had to rely on penalties to beat Costa Rica in the quarter-finals, with Van Gaal creating a major talking point by replacing his goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen in the last minute of extra time. Tim Krul entered the fray and saved two spot-kicks in the shoot-out as the Dutch reached the last four.

Van Gaal wanted to repeat the trick in the semi-final against Argentina but found the rules were against him. "I would have done it again but I'd already used my three substitutions," the 62-year-old sighed.

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Cillessen off, Krul on

7. Matthaus removed and Munich pay, Manchester United vs Bayern Munich 1999

What happened next was scarcely believable as Teddy Sheringham and Ole Gunnar Solksjaer struck late to steal the Red Devils' second European Cup and leave the Germans stunned

Bayern Munich were thrashing United 1-0 in the Champions League final when the ageing but effective Lothar Matthaus was withdrawn for Thorsten Fink 10 minutes from time. What happened next was scarcely believable as Teddy Sheringham and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer struck late to steal the Red Devils' second European Cup and leave the Germans stunned.

"If I was Matthaus, I would've played that game until the last drop of my blood," a dejected Sammy Kuffour said. "It was Champions League final... him staying on the field would have changed our game."