DAN BEA­VAN se­lects seven mem­o­rable goals from pre­vi­ous tour­na­ments PICK THAT ONE OUT...

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1 DAVID PLATT Eng­land Ver­sus Belgium, Round of 16, 1990 World Cup

Eng­land looked to be head­ing for a penalty shoot-out (so – this be­ing Eng­land – read de­feat) against a tal­ented Bel­gian side af­ter they stum­bled through the group stage games in un­con­vinc­ing fash­ion. Then sub­sti­tute David Platt let Gazza’s chipped free kick drop over his shoul­der be­fore swiv­el­ling to lash a stun­ning vol­ley past Michel Preud’homme, spark­ing wild cel­e­bra­tions.

2 EM­MANUEL PETIT France Ver­sus Brazil, Fi­nal, 1998. World Cup

Al­ready cruis­ing with a two-goal lead against a cu­ri­ously sub­dued op­po­nent, Petit added the coup de grâce. When a Brazil­ian at­tack broke down deep inside French ter­ri­tory, the mid­fielder made a gut-bust­ing run from his own box to finish off a slick counter-at­tack, grab­bing France’s third goal and ef­fec­tively se­cur­ing the tro­phy.

3 ROBIN VAN PER­SIE Hol­land Ver­sus Spain, Group Stage, 2014 World Cup

This was a goal out of noth­ing that stunned the tour­na­ment favourites. Da­ley Blind re­ceved the ball near the touch­line and swept a rak­ing pass for­wards from the half-way line. In a great piece of im­pro­vi­sa­tion, fly­ing Dutch­man Van Per­sie hurled him­self to re­di­rect the ball over the keeper with his head from just inside the penalty box.

4 JAMES RO­DRIGUEZ Colom­bia Ver­sus Uruguay, Round of 16, 2014 World Cup

One of the break­out stars of the World Cup in Brazil made him­self a house­hold name with this peach of a strike. Af­ter con­trol­ling the ball on his chest, Colom­bia’s young play­maker swiv­elled be­fore un­leash­ing a dip­ping left-footed vol­ley from 25 yards which crashed into the net off the un­der­side of the cross­bar.

5 DIEGO MARADONA Argentina Ver­sus Eng­land, Quar­ter Fi­nal, 1986 World Cup

Four min­utes af­ter leav­ing English fans shak­ing their fists with his in­fa­mous ‘Hand Of God’ goal, Maradona left them shak­ing their heads in dis­be­lief with this daz­zling solo goal. Spin­ning away from a trio of de­fend­ers, the Argentine pow­ered down the flank, jinked into the box and stabbed the ball past Peter Shilton.

6 CAR­LOS AL­BERTO Brazil Ver­sus Italy, Fi­nal, 1970 World Cup

Clodoaldo starts it all off with a snake-hipped drib­ble past four Ital­ians, who seem hyp­no­tised by his mes­meric foot­work. Three passes later, the ball is at the feet of Pele on the edge of the Ital­ian box. He non­cha­lantly strokes it into the path of the cap­tain Al­berto, whose thump­ing finish is strangely at odds with the oh-so-ca­sual bril­liance of the pre­ced­ing build-up.

7 MICHAEL OWEN Eng­land Ver­sus Argentina, Quar­ter Fi­nal, 1998 World Cup

Michael Owen made him­self an in­stant folk-hero at the ten­der age of 18 by first win­ning a de­bate­able penalty for Alan Shearer against the old en­emy, and then out­pac­ing their whole de­fence to clip an ice-cool finish into the net. Re­venge was sweet... It was also brief, as David Beck­ham’s send­ing off helped con­sign plucky Eng­land to their usual exit on penal­ties.

David Platt turns in ela­tion af­ter his eye-catch­ing win­ner

his header Van Per­sie watches high-fives loop into the net, then Gaal Dutch coach Louis van

James lashes hisvol­ley home

Maradona evades would-be tack­lers

Michael Owen fin­ishes his pacy run in clin­i­cal style

Petit cel­e­brates, above, af­ter beat­ing Taf­farel

Car­los Al­berto lifts the cup af­ter his won­der­ful strike

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