6 iconic moments we may never have seen under dodgy AFCON ref – like Aguerooo

The 2021 Africa Cup of Nations descended into chaos on Wednesday afternoon as the referee Janny Sikazwe brought Tunisia and Mali's clash to a halt twice before 90 minutes.

And with Mali 1-0 up at the time, Tunisia were preparing to throw the kitchen sink at the clash.

So their complaints were justified when Sikazwe brought a sudden, and unexpected, halt to the fixture.

But the sudden half got Daily Star Sport thinking about what goals would never have had happened if Sikazwe had been the man in the middle.

And there is a fair share of famous strikes from Sergio Aguero to Sir Geoff Hurst.

Sergio Aguero vs QPR – 93 minutes

Potentially the greatest moment in Premier League history would never have occurred.

In fact, Manchester City would have left the Etihad that May evening with their tails between their legs, having lost 2-1 to relegation-threatened QPR and blowing the title.

Both Aguero and Edin Dzeko's goals came after the 89th minute.

Sir Geoff Hurst vs West Germany – 120 minutes

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Okay, this one is slightly cheating, but England would have won the 1966 World Cup 2-1, with Wolfgang Weber's 89th-minute strike never happening.

This would have stopped Sir Geoff Hurst being the only player to score a hat-trick in a World Cup, and the iconic line: "They think it's all over, it is now."

It would have also stopped the enduring images of the English players picking themselves up after full-time to go again.

David Beckham vs Greece – 93 minutes

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The redemption story of David Beckham from leaving the 1998 World Cup in disgrace to emerging as a national hero against Greece is one of English football most enduring tales.

But what if it hadn't had its fairytale ending.

Instead, Beckham's one-man mission to drag England to South Korea & Japan would have ended with the Three Lions missing out on the 2002 World Cup.

Lucas Moura vs Ajax – 96 minutes

Lucas Moura left the Ajax side strewn on the floor when he completed an incredible second-half comeback with a specular hat-trick in the Champions League semi-finals.

Instead, with the game finishing at 2-2, Ajax would have marched onto Madrid to face Liverpool.

And it would have probably avoided us witnessing, perhaps, the worst Champions League final of all time.

Sergi Roberto vs PSG – 95 minutes

Barcelona's incredible remontada against PSG rivals Moura's strike for the greatest comeback of all time.

However, in our new alternate timeline, Neymar would have bagged a consolation free-kick that would have still sent PSG through.

Both Neymar's penalty and Sergi Roberto's heart-stopping winner would never have happened.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer vs Bayern Munich – 92 minutes

Would Ole Gunnar Solskjaer have been handed the top job at Manchester United in 2018 had it not been for this moment?

It's interesting to think about it, especially as United would never have completed their famous treble, and Solskajer wouldn't have cemented himself as a cult hero.

It begs the question if his other exploits at Old Trafford would have been enough.

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