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The Top 10 goals
by SA Editorial, July 12th, 2010 2:21AM

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[BEST OF THE WORLD CUP] Here is how we ranked the best goals of the 2010 World Cup. We evaluated the intrinsic quality of the goal and/or the lead-up to it, as well as the competitive importance and dramatic impact.

Our Top 10:

1. Giovanni Van Bronckhorst. Netherlands 3, Uruguay 2.
Missile from 35 yards into top corner to open the scoring in semifinal.

2. Arjen Robben.
Netherlands 2, Slovakia 1.
Sneijder long ball, cut inside to shoot low near post.

3. Luis Suarez.
Uruguay 2, South Korea 1.
Curling shot in off the post for winner

4. Carlos Tevez.
Argentina 3, Mexico 1.
Laser from 27 yards out into the upper corner.

5. David Villa.
Spain 2, Chile 1.
Chip from midfield on ball blocked by keeper outside the area.

6. Andres Iniesta.
Spain 1, Netherlands 0.
Brought down chip on the right side, and fired right-footed shot to win the World Cup.

7. Carles Puyol
. Spain 1, Germany 0.
Pulverizing header off corner kick.

8. Siphiwe Tshabalala
. South Africa 1, Mexico 1.
Blast into top far corner after scything run.

9. Landon Donovan
. USA 1, Algeria 0.
Rebound of Clint Dempsey’s shot off keeper from rapid-fire attack in final minute.

10. Diego Forlan
. Uruguay 2, Germany 3.
Incredible side-volley from edge of box drilled past keeper on the bounce.

Others for consideration:

Maicon. Brazil 2, North Korea 1.
Shot into ridiculously tight angle between keeper and near post.

Valter Birsa. Slovenia 2, USA 2.
Bending 30-yarder from run of play.

Mesut Ozil. Germany 1, Ghana 0.
Controlling touch, left-footed shot from 20 yards.

Fabio Quagliarella. Italy 2, Slovakia 3.
Delicate chip from just outside the box.

Javier Hernandez. Mexico 1, Argentina 3.
Neat trap in traffic and shot into top corner

Sully Muntari. Ghana 1, Uruguay 1.
Nailed long-distance, left-footed skipping shot just inside the post.

Soccer America Readers: What were your favorite goals? Let us know in the comments below.



10 comments
  1. Garrett Isacco
    commented on: July 12, 2010 at 8:07 a.m.
    Don't forget Lampard's great "goal" against Germany which actually did cross the line, Blatter notwithstanding.

  1. Gary Wien
    commented on: July 12, 2010 at 9:15 a.m.
    Let's see, Germany scores the most goals of the tournament by far but they only merit one honorable mention? How about Klose's goal versus England? I'd like to see what other striker in the world could have netted that one. Ninety percent of the players would have taken a dive there to earn a free kick instead.

  1. Kent James
    commented on: July 12, 2010 at 9:31 a.m.
    Michael Bradley's half-volley toe-poke on a flat out run to tie Slovenia deserves at least honorable mention.

  1. matthew segal
    commented on: July 12, 2010 at 9:38 a.m.
    I thought forlan,s free kick to tie them with ghana then later win it should be in the top 10

  1. Mike Gaynes
    commented on: July 12, 2010 at 10:23 a.m.
    How do you omit Forlan's free kick? It was the best free kick goal of the tournament. Heck, it was almost the only free kick goal of the tournament. And aside from the circumstances, Donovan's goal against Algeria was nothing special. His roof-shot rocket against Slovenia, however, deserves a nomination, as does Gyan's gamewinner against the US. Any of these would be a suitable replacement for Suarez's goal, which was almost an embarrassing miss.

  1. David V
    commented on: July 12, 2010 at 11:57 a.m.
    Ok, let's add Villa's goal against Honduras, where he does a double touch around two defenders, cuts around a third, and as he slips, puts it in the right hand top corner... Gary, Klose poked it in... but I'll tell you who else would have netted that one, and not taken a dive... re-watch the end of the Sweden-Spain game in the 2008 Euros... and you have your answer: David Villa... only then, he didn't just poke at it, he stuck in through the legs of a Swedish defender, beating two defenders, and had the presence of mind to slot it past the keeper... that's "Football's dealiest hitman " (FFT)

  1. Shawn Blymiller
    commented on: July 12, 2010 at 1:33 p.m.
    What about Landon Donovan's goal against Slovenia. Seriously that is not in consideration?

  1. Christopher Holden
    commented on: July 13, 2010 at 12:28 a.m.
    Seriously no mention of Honda's goal against Denmark or Endo's goal in the same game. Also the goal by Sebastian Abreu (PK) against Ghana to send them packing -- talk about adding insult to injury. Is there a category for the 10 biggest saves? Certainly Casillas had a monster save off of Robben in the final game - ok he dove the wrong way and Robben fluffed it off his cleat wide of the open net - that is one miss Robben will never forget!

  1. Mj Lee
    commented on: July 13, 2010 at 2:33 a.m.
    I agree with Shawn Blymiller and Mike Gaynes. Both of Landon's goals were dramatic, but the one against Slovenia was the more difficult and outrageous shot.

  1. Tom Dugan
    commented on: July 13, 2010 at 3:39 p.m.
    No mention of Japans two amazing free kick goals in one game or the US goal disallowed vs Slovenia????? Forlan's as well was equally dramatic. At least they got Von Bronkhorst's right! I agree with Chris Holden - where is the "Best Saves" category. It would be nice to see a highlight reel of the best shots and saves of the tourney as well as a highlight reel for each of the Golden Boys: Forlan and Mueller


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