Beerschot's Nicoletta den Ridder somehow manages to scoop a rebound over the bar from a yard against Ajax. Oops
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10 of the best from France 98 - as featured in the May 2010 issue of FourFourTwo
The Ice Man in utter control, taming a 60-yard punt from Frank de Boer, outwitting his marker by bringing the ball down through Roberto Ayala’s legs and pumping a volley home with the outside of his right peg. Genius.
Picked out by Beckham’s pass, Owen controls beautifully and bombs downfield like a teen possessed. He shrugs off one defender, rounds another and thumps the ball diagonally into the net. Call me wonderboy!
Adrian Ilie - the man Claudio Ranieri nicknamed ‘The Cobra’ - puts a lethal finishing touch to a sublime Romanian move, shaping himself around the ball and chipping it artistically into the top corner.
It may have taken place in the third place play-off – but they all count. Cutting in from the right flank, the all-action winger shifted the ball onto his favoured left foot and bashed in a demolition-ball effort.
The Phenomenon’s tournament began with an explosion of fine strikes (four) and excellent assists (three).
This was the pick of the bunch – a comic-strip whack from the edge
of the area with his right boot.
Before Beckham, there was ‘Coto’. This was his masterpiece: stooping into his one-step run up, Coto conjures an astonishing amount of curl, looping and dipping the ball over the leaping Cameroon wall.
Michael Owen eat your heart out. Njanka picks up the ball on the halfway line and glides elegantly, wrong-footing two defenders. Once in the area, he cleverly switches directions – and feet – and thumps the ball home.
The only man to make it onto three ‘best goal’ lists. He achieved this hat-trick with a pearler: jumping to cushion a high cross on his chest, guiding the ball inside his marker and dispatching a splendid volley.
Michael Laudrup beats his man 40 yards out, then picks out Sand’s scuttling run with a half-chipped, half-scooped through-pass. Sand heads cleverly past a baffled Taribo West and drills home. A brilliant move.
Rivaldo had already scored one top-drawer goal in this quarter-final, but his second strike was even better. He picks the ball up
35 yards out, advances another 10 yards and then plants a thunderbolt into the bottom corner.
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