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The Juventus man adds to Italy’s account in the final in style. The first touch, with his right foot, spins him into space. With his left, he then punches the ball low and hard into the bottom right-hand corner.
Jimmy Hill might’ve called it a “toe-poke”, but that doesn’t make this strike any less spectacular. Charging onto a downward header, Narey tames the ball and launches an Exocet from outside the area into the
Cerezo is brought down 30 yards out,
Zico steps up and produces the perfect free kick:
a three-step run up, minimal backlift and the ball
is gracefully shaped into the top right-hand corner. Even the Scots wall watch in awe
The little Italian sculpts a masterpiece. The winger
flicks the ball between his own legs then twists his
body towards goal with impossible grace and speed. Conti then hammers the ball into the roof of the net.
Everyone loves a bicycle kick, particularly Klaus Fischer, for whom they were a trademark. This one, which took the semi-final to penalties, was unforgettable for both its timing and technique. He’s celebrating before the ball even stops bouncing.
A strike of extraordinary beauty. Eder receives the ball on the edge of the area and with Scotland’s defence well positioned, he lofts a slow chip over the lot into the far corner. It looks so simple, more like
a golf bunker shot.
At the time, the third fastest strike in World Cup history and, for Englishmen, one of the most enjoyable. A long throw is flicked on by Terry Butcher and Robson arrives on cue to slam the ball into the French net on 27 seconds.
Hungary had already scored seven goals against an utterly outclassed El Salvador side (they eventually won 10-1). But this was still a goal of incredible skill: Kiss executes the cheekiest of chips from just outside the box.
The move begins with a harmless throw-in inside the Brazil half: 12 seconds later, the ball’s in the back of the Italian net. The rangy number eight rampages past two defenders and hammers home at the near post.
Polish goal-machine Boniek boasted blistering pace, brain-bending dribbling skills and an eye for goal second to none. He showed all three as he larruped in a hat-trick against a decent Belgian side. The third
was the pick of the bunch.
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