2010 FIFA World Cup top 10 Goals
There were some memorable strikes in this World Cup. But which were the best? Here is a rundown of the top 10 goals from South Africa.
1. Giovanni van Bronckhorst – Uruguay 2 Holland 3
If ever there was a goal to spark a drab semi-final into life, then this was it. As with every good Dutch move, the strike itself was preceded by a slick exchange of passes, before van Bronckhorst let fly from 40 yards with a strike so pure not even Luis Suarez could have kept it out.
2. Fabio Quagliarella – Slovakia 3 Italy 2
There was not much for Italy to shout about in South Africa, as the reigning champions made an ignominious exit in the group stages. And unfortunately Fabio Quagliarella’s exquisite chip from outside the penalty area proved to be nothing more than a late consolation, not only in their 3-2 defeat to Slovakia, but the tournament as a whole.
3. David Villa – Spain 2 Honduras 0
After a shock opening-game defeat to Switzerland, when Spain’s profligacy contributed as much to their downfall as their shambolic defending, Vicente del Bosque’s side were looking to get back on track against Honduras. And it took just 17 minutes for David Villa to calm fraying nerves when he picked up the ball on the left flank, wove inside two bemused defenders before jinking past another, Osman Chávez, and firing high into the corner.
4. Carlos Tévez – Argentina 3 Mexico 1
Carlos Tévez has not struggled for goals this season, but few will have been as memorable as his strike against Mexico. With Argentina 2-0 ahead and in control, Tévez ended the game as a contest when he unleashed a searing shot past Oscar Perez from 25 yards after his initial through ball rebounded invitingly into his path.
5. Yasuhito Endo – Denmark 1 Japan 3
Despite the kerfuffle surrounding the Jabulani ball before the World Cup, goals direct from free-kicks have been at a premium in South Africa. Yet Japan scored two within the space of 13 minutes during their decisive group game with Denmark. The first, from Keisuke Honda, was good, but Endo’s was sublime; curling the ball around the wall and past Thomas Sorensen.
6. Siphiwe Tshabalala – South Africa 1 Mexico 1
For much of the first half in Johannesburg, South Africa could not string two passes together, let alone score. But shortly after half time South Africa broke the shackles with a counter-attacking goal of such searing quality that it will be etched forever in folklore here. Kagisho Dikgacoi was the architect, delivering a defence-splitting diagonal ball which has not be bettered in the entire tournament to set up the devastating left foot strike from Tshabalala.
7. Luis Suarez – Uruguay 2 South Korea 1
Suarez’s World Cup is destined to forever be remembered for his infamous handball against Ghana. However, while the Ajax hitman may not have endeared himself to the African continent, his goals may well have engineered himself a move away from the Eredivisie. The best of the lot being his late winner against Japan, when he cut inside Cho Yong Hyung before curling his winner outside Sung-Ryong Jung’s outstretched hand and inside the post.
8. Mesut Ozil – Ghana 0 Germany 1
Another player to have enhanced his reputation no end over the past month is Ozil, whose clever passing and intelligent movement has bewitched defences. The young playmaker masterminded Germany’s 4-1 destruction of England, but his side may not have even made the knockout stages were it not Ozil’s fabulous winner against Ghana, when he unleashed a stunning left-footed half volley past Richard Kingston.
9. Enrique Vera – Slovakia 0 Paraguay 2
With their strikers firing blanks, Gerardo Martino looked to his midfield for goals against Slovakia, and Vera responded in style – scoring a goal with the classiest of finishes. With Paraguay struggling to break down an obdurate Slovak defence, Lucas Barrios slipped a carefully-weighted through ball to Vera, who then steered the ball beyond Jan Mucha with a delightful outside-of-the-boot flick.
10. Kevin-Prince Boateng – USA 1 Ghana 2
Boateng only became eligible to represent Ghana on May 12 – choosing them over the land of his birth, Germany – but he seemed intent on making up for lost time in South Africa. The midfielder was the instigator of Ghana’s best moments and capped off his finals with a fine opening goal against the USA, skipping past Jay DeMerit after robbing Ricardo Clark and firing low past a stranded Tim Howard.