Wednesday 24 January 2018

5 Best goals . . . so far

Poland v Russia: Jakub Blaszczykowski: A tremendous goal in any context, but the weight of history on the fixture, and the tragic backstory, multiplied the impact as Poland's captain cut in from the right, lashed his shot into the Russian net, and sent Warsaw wild.



Italy v Spain

Antonio Di Natale

A goal crafted by veterans. Andrea Pirlo (33) ghosts by Sergio Busquets in midfield then slides a superb pass to meet a clever run by Di Natale (34). The finish was sublime.

Spain v Ireland

David Silva

His first touch kills Shay Given's punch at his feet, the second leaves Sean St Ledger on the deck, then there are a couple of shimmies before, in his own time, Silva rolls the ball into goal with two nutmegs.

Netherlands v

Germany

Robin van Persie

Leaving Mats Hummel for dead with a turn, Van Persie blasted the ball through Holger Badstuber's legs and past Manuel Neuer from 25 yards.

Russia v Czech Rep

Alan Dzagoev

A classic counter-attack with Dzagoev involved three times as Russia pinch possession and break quickly. Andrey Arshavin's pass is not meant for Dzagoev, but he is rewarded for continuing his run.

Irish Independent

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