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Top 5 goals of World Cup 2014 so far

chandigarh Updated: Jun 28, 2014 23:41 IST
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As we finish off with the first phase of FIFA World Cup, and the qualified 16 prepare themselves for the knockout stage, let's take a quick look at the top five goals that became huge slices of history and reached the 'Hall of Fame' for the best world cup goals.

1. Jermaine Jones vs. Portugal

Jermaine Jones, could've been an underdog, but not after their encounter against Portugal on June 22. The odds were against the man, inner box covered inch to inch by Portuguese. But as they say, "cometh the hour, cometh the man", from the slightest opening possible, Jones curved the ball directly into the net, saving himself a fragment of history in this World Cup.

2. Robin van Persie vs. Spain

If you've heard the term the "Flying Danish" then you've certainly been hearing about Netherlands striker Robin van Persie. On June 13, Arena Fonte Nova experienced Robin's mettle, for which he's known for, when Robin caught Iker Casillas off guard with a flying header and directed the ball straight into the netted area.

3. Lionel Messi vs. Iran

June 21, the day Argentina met Iran, will be remembered as the day when Messi, the name on the lips of the Argentinean fans, came to the aid of his teammates and got them the lead against Iran. 40 yards out of the box on the left flank would force any striker to think twice, but not the football demigod, as he struck the ball with a perfect curve straight inside the net, without troubling the keeper a bit.

4. Tim Cahill vs. Netherlands

On June 18, Australia might have lost against Netherlands, but the Australian fans still returned home with pride in their hearts. Tim Cahill was the reason for it. In the moments when Australia required an equaliser, Cahill got it and got it with a bang. Flighting a sumptuous volley inside the net on the first strike was what made the equaliser memorable.

5. Arjen Robben vs. Australia

A profitable match for people who had their bets on Robben scoring against the Australians. Job was done top notch and that too in complete style. Lone ranger running through midfield, passing, dribbling, through every Australian footballer, breaking their defending bus, Arjen encroached the Australian inner box and flicked the ball in the net.