Giroud scor­pion kick short­listed for FIFA goal award

Tehran Times - - SPORTS -

Olivier Giroud’s scor­pion kick strike for Arse­nal against Crys­tal Palace last sea­son was short­listed for FIFA’s goal of the year award on Mon­day, along­side ef­forts from Venezue­lan tee\nager Deyna Castel­lanos and goal­keeper Os­carine Ma­su­luke.

Giroud scored with an im­pro­vised vol­ley in the Premier League match on Jan. 1, pro­duc­ing an ac­ro­batic flick with his left heel to con­vert Alexis Sanchez’s cross into the net off the cross­bar while tum­bling for­ward.

Arse­nal won the match 2-0 and Giroud, who ad­mit­ted af­ter­wards that he had a bit of luck with his con­nec­tion, said it was the best goal he had ever scored.

The 31-year-old is the sev­enth French­man to be nom­i­nated for the award but the first to make the fi­nal short­list of three, world soccer’s gov­ern­ing body said on its web­site. (www. fifa.com)

Castel­lanos is the sec­ond Venezue­lan woman in suc­ces­sive years to make the fi­nal three and was nom­i­nated for her strike from the half­way line against Cameroon at the U-17 Women’s World Cup in Jordan last year.

The 18-year-old fol­lows in the foot­steps of com­pa­triot Da­niuska Ro­driguez, whose goal made the fi­nal three for last year’s award but lost out to Malaysian Mohd Faiz Subri’s spec­tac­u­lar 35-me­tre, swerv­ing free-kick.

South Africa’s Ma­su­luke is the first goal­keeper as well as the first player from Africa to make it to the fi­nal three for his last minute bi­cy­cle-kick equal­izer for Baroka FC against Or­lando Pi­rates last year.

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