Robin Van Persie vs Spain
Everyone knows how good Robin Van Persie is at scoring goals, but even he has proabably never scored one quite like this! Daley Blind has the ball just inside the Spanish half, and he sees the defenders standing quite far forward. He lobs an amazing pass in behind them, and RVP runs onto it and scores with the INSANE diving header. Just getting a head to that ball must have been hard enough, but putting it perfectly in the top corner? Priceless. Netherlands went on to completely thrash Spain 5-1.
Tim Cahill vs Netherlands
Everyone down under knows Tim Cahill. He’s one of the best players to ever play for Australia, and has scored in three different World Cups now. He’s come a long way since playing for the Samoan under-20s at the age of just 14! Since then he pledged his allegiance to the country of his birth, Australia (though he lived in Samoa for three years and his mother is Samoan), and carved out a very successful career in England with Milwall and Everton, even playing in a couple of FA Cup finals. The 34 year old is now playing in America in the MLS, and this first time volley against the Netherlands may just be the best goal he has ever scored:
James Rodriguez vs Uruguay
The world knows his name now. James Rodriguez has been the star of Brazil 2014, scoring in every game so far for Colombia. His chipped finish against Japan may have been great, but his chest and volley vs Uruguay was sublime. A perfect touch as he turns, allowing him to hit it on his left foot, over the keeper and in off the bottom of the crossbar. The best goal of the tournament, and one of the most important too.
Lionel Messi vs Iran
Before this World Cup, everyone always said how Lionel Messi never performed for Argentina at major tournaments. But that was BEFORE this World Cup. He has been man of the match in every game, and the only one he didn’t score in, he had the winning assist. It is goals like this why he is the four time FIFA World Player of the Year.
Yacine Brahimi vs South Korea
The Algerian team were not full of big names, but they still had a great tournament through the hard work, structure and team-first way that they played. The best example of this was this stunning team goal, finished off by Brahimi. Starting from inside their own half, the Algerians strung together 7 passes on their way to an untouchable fourth goal – the first time an African team has ever done that at the World Cup! The one-two at the end between Brahimi and Feghouli was just perfect.