Thursday 14 December 2017

Video: The top 10 World Cup goals

Argentina's Diego Maradona beats Peter Shilton with his infamous 'Hand of God' goal
Argentina's Diego Maradona beats Peter Shilton with his infamous 'Hand of God' goal

Mark Staniforth

We've compiled a list of the 10 greatest World Cup goals.

10 LOTHAR MATTHEUS, West Germany v Yugoslavia 1990

German captain Mattheus led by example in his side's 4-1 opening win over Yugoslavia, charging from his own half before slamming a right-footed shot past Tomislav Ivkovic.

9 JOSIMAR, Brazil v Northern Ireland 1986

The Brazilian defender smashed home from an improbable distance to make Pat Jennings' final World Cup one to remember for the wrong reasons in their group stage clash in Guadalajara.

8 ROBERTO BAGGIO, Italy v Czechoslovakia 1990

Italy was desperate for the so-called 'Divine Ponytail' to come up with the goods on home soil and he did not disappoint, beating two men to net a stunning individual effort against the Czechs.

7 MICHAEL OWEN, England v Argentina 1998

The 18-year-old Owen scored what many regard to be England's greatest World Cup goal in their ill-fated 1998 last-16 tie when he bore down on the Argentinian goal before unleashing unstoppable angled drive past Carlos Roa.

6 JOHAN CRUYFF, Holland v Brazil 1974

Cruyff earned the Dutch a place in their first World Cup final with a magnificent volley in the second group phase against Brazil, leaping to finish off Rob Rensenbrink's cross from the left wing.

5 SAID OWAIRAN, Saudi Arabia v Belgium 1994

The Saudi Arabian midfielder made the headlines with a stunning individual effort in the group match against Belgium, picking up the ball in the middle of his own half and running the length of the pitch before finding the net.

4 DIEGO MARADONA, Argentina v Belgium 1986

Having already turned the England defence inside-out in the quarter-finals, Maradona was at it again in the 1986 semi-final when he wriggled his way past four Belgian defenders before sliding the ball home to send his nation back into the World Cup final.

3 PELE, Brazil v Sweden 1958

The 17-year-old Pele announced his arrival to the football world with a breathtaking strike in his nation's 5-2 final win over hosts Sweden. After chesting the ball down and chipping over an advancing defender, he volleyed past Kalle Svensson to put Brazil 3-1 up.

2 CARLOS ALBERTO, Brazil v Italy 1970

Alberto earned his place in World Cup finals folklore when he finished a superb team passing move, steaming in from the right channel to meet Pele's perfectly-weighted lay-off with a shot low into the net from a tight angle as Brazil claimed the trophy with a 4-1 final win over Italy.

1 DIEGO MARADONA, Argentina v England 1986

Never mind the 'Hand of God' - Maradona's second effort in the 1986 quarter-final, when he picked up the ball in his own half and beat the entire England defence before slotting past Peter Shilton, deserves to go down as the greatest World Cup finals goal of all time.

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