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