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For all the talk that the official Jabulani match ball is no better than those sold on garage forecourts there has nonetheless been a smattering of fine goals scored in South Africa. Indeed, in the very first game, Siphiwe Tshabalala had the hosts in vuvuzela heaven as his lashed finished saw Bafana Bafana take the lead against Mexico. From Fabio Quagliarella's sublime chip to Giovanni van Bronckhorst's once in a life time screamer, casts its eye over World Cup 2010's ten best netbusters.

Siphiwe Tshabalala (South Africa) v Mexico, Group Stage

Having seen his side outclassed by Mexico in a goalless first half of their World Cup opener, Tshabalala sparks wild scenes of celebration by powering into the penalty area and putting the hosts in front with a sweetly-struck left-footed effort.

Mesut Ozil (Germany) v Ghana, Group Stage

Philipp Lahm and Thomas Muller combine on the right wing with the young forward sending the ball inside to Ozil, who takes a touch before catching everyone off guard with a perfectly flighted left-footed rocket.

Fabio Quagliarella (Italy) v Slovakia, Group Stage

With his side 3-1 down and heading out of the World Cup, substitute Quagliarella, with little on in front of him, produces one of the classiest chip shots you will see to reduce the deficit with three minutes of injury-time left.

David Villa (Spain) v Honduras, Group Stage

Pulled out on the left flank, Villa takes down Gerard Pique's inch-perfect diagonal ball before charging goalwards, slipping past two defenders with a subtle swing of the hips, rounding another defender and firing into the top-right corner.

David Villa (Spain) v Chile, Group Stage

Chile goalkeeper Claudio Bravo suffers a rush of blood to the head and races off his line to clear the ball at least 30 yards from goal, only for it to fall to master marksman Villa who hits it first time, left-footed, from 50 yards and into the gaping net.

Maicon (Brazil) v North Korea, Group Stage

With the unknown quantity that was North Korea putting up stubborn resistance, the Brazil full-back drives forward with typical dynamism before smashing the ball home with a hard, low drive from an acute angle. Did he mean it? As a Brazilian, he has to have the benefit of the doubt.

Carlos Tevez (Argentina) v Mexico, Last 16

Having already scored a clearly offside goal, Tevez manages one to be proud of with a typically no-nonsense long-range rocket which flies into the net and wraps up the win for his side.

Asamoah Gyan (Ghana) v United States, Last 16

Shows startling strength to withstand Carlos Bocanegra's hefty barge and latch onto a long ball early in extra-time, before going on to lash home a left-footed shot.

Javier Hernandez (Mexico) v Argentina, Last 16

With his side trailing 3-0 and heading home, Old Trafford-bound youngster Hernandez gives Manchester United fans something to get excited about with a subtle but brilliant goal, creating space like a veteran goal poacher, controlling cleverly and dispatching coolly.

Giovanni van Bronckhorst (Holland) v Uruguay, Semi-final

Holland captain Van Bronckhorst, set to retire after the tournament, collects the ball from Demy De Zeeuw from deep in his left-back position. Having steadied himself and with Uruguay slow to close him down, 'Gio' unleashes a rising rocket past Fernando Muslera and into the top right-hand corner.

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Roland Du toit (Newcastle United fan) says...

Suarez in the round of 16 should be included, it was an incredible goal in terrible conditions to win the match.

Posted 07:34 13th July 2010

Justus Ifeanyi (Chelsea fan) says...

They should include kalu uche goal against greece.plz I want yakubu n kaita to be punished cos dey sent Nigeria home

Posted 02:31 13th July 2010

Guzzie Helb says...

The goal scored by Maicon from an acute angle cannot and should not be consider a luck. Whether Brazillian or not, the guy was aiming for a goal which and he got it from a very tight angle. Goal-getters will take all of the opportunities he can to get his goal. Brazil didn't win the Cup de Monde, but we as fans of the Samba Boys saw the quality they are made off. Go Brazil as the world await you guys at the next soccer festival. Brazil today! Brazil tomorrow! Brazil forever!

Posted 23:07 12th July 2010

Vagster Mina (Arsenal fan) says...

Where is the robinho goal after the brilliant ramires run?

Posted 22:07 12th July 2010

Paul Thornton (Hull City fan) says...

Surely Forlan's goal against Germany or his wonder strike against South Africa should be there. Van Bronckhorst goal vs Uruguay has to be goal of the tournament though

Posted 21:04 12th July 2010

John G (Newcastle United fan) says...

How about Landon Donovan's roofer against Slovenia?

Posted 19:57 12th July 2010

Michael Villa (Celtic fan) says...

Cant Belive Forlan's Goal V's Germany Wasn't Uncluded. Its Got Too Be In Top 3 Goals Never Mind Top 10.

Posted 19:26 12th July 2010

Elliott Noble (Tottenham Hotspur fan) says...

How can the two free kicks from the japanese players Honda and Endo not even get a mention.

Posted 18:17 12th July 2010

Wesley Green (Liverpool fan) says...

Siphiwe Tshabalala's goal should def be on that list John. You try running at that pace & striking it cleaner... Gimme a break! And Forlan's free kick might be included yes, but the others NO! The first one was deflected in against SA & the goal against Holland was hit straight down the middle & swerved, keeper was unsighted so it had an element of luck attached to it. Great strike but not a classic.

Posted 15:34 12th July 2010

Spencer Johnson (Chelsea fan) says...

Forlan's goal against Germany must be included. Although Gio's goal against Uruguay was probably the most jaw-dropping, I think Forlan's was the most impressive.

Posted 15:33 12th July 2010

Gavin Bull says...

John Hector obviously doesn't know a lot about football!!! Tshabalala's goal was fantastic and deserves a mention. Not only for the rocket into the top corner ... but also for the slick and accurate build up. However, I agree that Forlan should be listed too. He was superb.

Posted 15:15 12th July 2010

Nick W (Chelsea fan) says...

No Forlan? He had several memorable strikes. The free kick comes to mind, that left-footed power shot in the 3rd place match was up there also.

Posted 14:50 12th July 2010

John Smith (Chelsea fan) says...

What- No Lampard againest the Germans??

Posted 14:49 12th July 2010

Alex Kyrios (Tottenham Hotspur fan) says...

What, no Dempsey vs. England?

Posted 13:58 12th July 2010

John Hector says...

please remove Tshabalala's goal, and put in forlan's one of many brilliant goals. Im South African, and I dont think Siphiwe Tshabalala's goal was that great.

Posted 13:38 12th July 2010

Steve Graham says...

where is luis fabianos 1st goal against ivory coast?that was amazing build up and a great finish

Posted 13:37 12th July 2010

Caine Bent says...

how can not one of forlans goals get in this list??. That's somewhat ridiculous if you ask me

Posted 12:53 12th July 2010

Sahil Oberoi says...

Quagriarella & Van Bronckhorsts were the 2 best, Maicon did not mean his goal and to think he did just because he is Brazillian is rubbish!!

Posted 12:36 12th July 2010

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