With the world cup done and dusted, we take a look at the goals that really left us in awe, from curlers to long-rangers and otherworldly free-kicks, here are Soccerteria’s top 10 world cup goals.
10. Cristiano Ronaldo vs Spain
Trailing by a goal with two minutes of normal time left to play, Cristiano Ronaldo won a free-kick just outside the box and stood up to take it. Ditching his more often knuckleball technique, the Portuguese captain curled a superb effort into the back of the net to draw Portugal level and complete his first world cup hattrick. Wonder!!
Why? Considering the occassion, achievement and the finish itself, the goal deserves to be on this list.
9. Toni Kroos vs Sweden
With scores level, five minutes of additional time played and Germany’s hopes of qualification to the next round hanging by a thread, Marco Reus and Toni Kroos conjured a piece of magic to give the defending champions a lifeline.
On the left side of the 18-yard box, Toni Kroos standing over the free-kick passed the ball to Marco Reus who laid a return pass for the Real Madrid midfielder to curl into the far post. Work of Art!!
Why? Even if Germany failed to qualify for the knockout stages after their last game, it really proved a vital goal when it got in the back of the net.
8. Lionel Messi vs Nigeria
The Lion might have failed to roar in the first two group stage matches; missing a match-winning penalty against Iceland and caged out of the second against Croatia but with an early exit staring Argentina in the face, Lionel Messi rose to the occassion in exquisite fashion with the first goal of the night against Nigeria.
Ever Banega picked Messi’s run with a long ball over the top of Nigeria’s three-man backline and the maestro did superbly to bring the ball down with his left thigh then taking it a step beyond Omeruo with his left foot before delivering a poacher’s finish off his right boot. Exquisite!!
Why? The delivery was superb but the goal more so coming off just three touches, amazing technique from Lionel Messi.
7. Ricardo Quaresma vs Iran
Ricardo Quaresma blessed with amazing footwork coupled with a bag of tricks pulled out one that the crowd in Saransk were made to savour; his trademark trivela.
Just before the interval, the Besiktas man combined with Adrien Silva on the right before unleashing an outside-of-the-boot stunner to give Portugal the lead against Iran. Outrageous!!
Why? This goal is simply outrageous from Quaresma and definitely a goal of the tournament contender.
6. Aleksandar Kolarov vs Costa Rica
Serbia got their world cup campaign off to a flying start and it was indeed a flying start. After spurning a fair number of chances, the Serbs needed a 56th minute stunning strike from the former Manchester City man to take the lead – which later proved to be the winner.
Kolarov was denied by Keylor Navas in the first-half from a set-piece but when presented a second chance eleven minutes after the restart, the Serb struck a ruthless effort into the top-right corner. Wicked!!
Why? Even Keylor Navas could do nothing about this free-kick from Kolarov.
5. Philippe Coutinho vs Switzerland
Philippe Coutinho took over the reins of being Brazil’s key player in the pre-world cup friendlies as Neymar played in patches on the road to recovery and the Barcelona man carried on the responsibility to the world cup, scoring goals, providing them and also creating chances. Coutinho opened Brazil’s account in Russia against Switzerland and in trademark fashion.
Twenty minutes into the game, Marcelo’s cross from the left was cleared only as far as Coutinho who controlled it, opening up his body before bending a spectacular shot beyond the reach of Yann Sommer off the upright. Golazo!!
Why? Trademark goal from Coutinho but there was no stopping it.
4. Angel Di Maria vs France
The crowd in Kazan were treated to a spectacle in the seven-goal thriller between France and Argentina and Angel Di Maria’s 41st minute equaliser was one moment they were made to savour.
Four minutes before the interval, the PSG forward got the ball 30yards from goal and released a stunning long-range effort that nestled on Hugo Lloris top-left corner. Angelic!!
Why? That strike surely flew on Angels wings before hitting the back of the net. Superb effort.
3. Nacho Fernandez vs Portugal
In the 58th minute of Spain’s world cup draw against Portugal, Nacho gave Spain the lead out of nowhere. The versatile Real Madrid defender got on the end of a Portugal clearance to send a first-time drive into the back of the net beyond Rui Patricio enjoying a bit of help from the upright as Spain went ahead for the first time in the six-goal thriller.
Ronaldo might have stolen the headlines but this was the goal of the day without doubt. One-time!!
Why? Beautiful finish but that was a superb way to redeem himself after conceding an early penalty.
2. Benjamin Pavard vs Argentina
France trailed for just nine minutes in their round of 16 encounter against Argentina and when they pulled level, it was this beauty from Benjamin Pavard that levelled scoring for France in the 57th minute. After Di Maria’s sublime effort in the first half, Pavard put up a goal of the day contender.
As France attacked down the left, Lucas Hernandez sent in a cross that was cleared only as far as full-back partner Pavard who released a sumptous half-volley that spinned right into Franco Armani’s top-right corner. Swerve!!
Why? His performances coupled with this goal have surely justified his inclusion in France’s world cup squad. Delightful finish.
1. Denis Cheryshev vs Croatia
Core to Russia’s quarter-final finish at the world cup is Villareal forward Denis Cheryshev and it all started with an injury to Alan Dzagoev. The 27-year old put up impressive performances and also netted some incredible goals to take his world cup tally to four goals; in that regard, three of his four goals at the world cup could have easily made it to this list.
After a pair of stunning strikes against Saudi Arabia, the Russian international scored what is arguably the goal of the tournament to give Russia the lead against Croatia. Cheryshev exchanged passes with Artem Dyzuba, taking a touch beyond Luka Modric before curling a sensational strike into the back of the net with Subasic rooted to the spot. Sensation!!
Why? One-two-touch and go! Sensational goal from a world cup sensation.
- Sergio Aguero vs Iceland
- Edinson Cavani’s second goal vs Portugal
- Ahmed Musa first goal vs Iceland
- Christian Eriksen vs Australia
- Son Heung Min vs Mexico
- Ante Rebic vs Argentina
- Ivan Perisic vs France
- Adnan Januzaj vs England
- Denis Cheryshev’s second goal vs Saudi Arabia
- Artem Dyzuba vs Egypt
- Jesse Lingard vs Panama
- Luka Modric vs Argentina
- Dries Mertens vs Panama