We take a look at the best World Cup goal so far – here’s our top 5!
5. Lionel Messi v Iran - With time running out for Argentina, fans were beginning to wonder whether there would be time for a winner, and if so, from whom? Well, there was no doubt in guessing as Lionel Messi collected the ball on the edge of the area; drifted past a challenge and swept a curling effort into the far corner of the Iranian goal. A wonderful piece of intuition from Leo, the captain leading by example and showing that he can perform on footballs biggest stage.
4. James Rodriguez v Japan - A moment encapsulated in skill, prowess, guile and agility – James Rodriguez picked the ball up on the edge of the area and dazzled the Japanese defence faking to cut in and out, left foot or right foot; no-one knew what was going to do except the Colombian. Faking with his right, he cut back onto his left foot leaving Southampton defender, Yoshida all at sea on the floor before he delicately dinked the ball past the onrushing Kawashima. A wonderful goal by a wonderful player.
3. Robin van Persie v Spain - “The Flying Dutchman” – the infamous phrase which sums up this goal by RVP. A long telling pass from Premier League target, Daley Blind picked out the figure of Robin van Persie who beat the Spanish offside trap. Van Persie still with a lot to do, flung his body at the dipping ball and looped his diving header past the rooted Iker Casillas as the ball swept into the net. The celebrations which followed were a joy to behold and proved a testament to what new Manchester United manager, Louis Van Gaal can get out of Van Persie.
2. Tim Cahill v Netherlands- Australia found themselves 1-0 down after an Arjen Robben goal put the Dutch up, however, straight after kick off and the Socceroo’s were off again. 12 seconds after conceding, a long aimless ball found its way between two Dutch defenders running across the body of Tim Cahill. The former Everton man watched the ball the entire way and struck an unbelievably sweet volley with his weaker foot past goalkeeper Cillessen and in-off the cross-bar. The Aussie’s went wild and no-one could believe what they had just witnessed. 1-0 down, 12 seconds later Tim Cahill has just scored one of the best World Cup volleys of all time. A true strike and what a moment.
1. James Rodriguez v Uruguay - Well, Cahill’s was good. But was this even better? World Cup knock-out stage. A tense match. Deadlock yet to be broken. Both teams defending well. Then suddenly, Brazil witnessed a moment of genius from a young sensation. Colombia were trying to penetrate the Uruguayan defence, after a headed clearance had come out to Cuadrado, he headed the ball back into the path of team-mate James Rodriguez. The Monaco midfielder caressed the ball sublimely on his chest, swivelled and dispatched a ferocious effort which dipped, swerved and beat the diving Muslera. Smashing in off the crossbar, the Colombian fans were sent into raptures as they had witnessed what is surely the best goal of the World Cup 2014 in Brazil. A stunning effort which was indispensable to their progression into the last 8 of the tournament. What a goal!