Stunning strikes at the World Cup

PARIS, July 12, 2010 (AFP) - In all there were 142 goals at this World Cup. But how many stick in the memory after four weeks of solid football - aside from Andres Iniesta's winner for Spain?

Here is a look at the pick of the bunch:


Siphiwe Tshabalala for South Africa v Mexico

Just 55 minutes into the first tournament held in Africa and a goal for the hosts as South Africa's Tshabalala unleashes a rocket into the top right corner past Mexican keeper Oscar Perez. The celebration dance with his teammates was no less stylish.


David Villa for Spain v Honduras

Villa, who has scored on average almost every 70 minutes in the national shirt, provided a neat portfolio, not least a brilliant slalom effort against Honduras, eluding a clutch of defenders before dinking home despite being off balance.


David Villa for Spain v Chile

Another rival for Villa's best effort was a cheeky ultra long-range lob against Chile which ensured passage to the last 16 after an opening loss against Switzerland.


Maicon for Brazil v North Korea

Maicon broke the deadlock from the acutest of angles after a surging run down the wing. Keeper Myong-Guk Ri was bamboozled as Maicon bent his effort inside the far post when he appeared to have run out of space for a shot.


Giovanni van Bronckhorst for Holland v Uruguay

Veteran van Bronckhorst refused to bring the curtain down on his career in a World Cup semi-final and delivered a thunderbolt from the blue with a stunning 35-yard strike to draw first blood against the Uruguayans, though it needed further efforts from Wesley Sneijder and Arjen Robben to see the Dutch home.


Carlos Tevez for Argentina v Mexico

Tevez had netted an offside-looking opener against the Mexicans but there was no doubt about his second - an absolute howitzer which zipped into the top right-hand corner of the net from 25 yards, giving keeper Oscar Perez no chance.


Diego Forlan for Uruguay v Germany

The pick of Atletico Madrid striker Forlan's goals deserved to win third place for Uruguay as he leapt to fire home an acrobatic right-foot strike against the Germans, who came back to triumph.

Egidio Arevalo played a one-two with Luis Suarez and Forlan jumped to volley his cross into the ground and inside the right-hand post.


Arjen Robben for Holland v Slovakia

Robben announced his full recovery from hamstring trouble with a superb goal in the round of last 16, shrugging off three defenders to lash home an accurate low drive. Jan Durica and Radoslav Zabavnik were helpless as the Bayern Munich star drilled left-footed past the despairing dive of Jan Mucha.


Mesut Ozil for Germany v Ghana

Ozil's answered Germany's call in the wake of a loss to Serbia with a brilliant left-footed strike which saw off Ghana and secured passage to the last 16.

The 21-year-old of Turkish descent fired home unerringly from the edge of the box to make up for a wasted first-half opportunity.


Keisuke Honda for Japan v Denmark

CSKA Moscow star Honda was instrumental in Japan winning their first matches on foreign soil and coming within a shootout penalty kick of the quarter-finals.

He helped to clinch a spot in the last 16 against the Danes with a brilliantly-executed free-kick which had the Japanese media salivating.


Luis Suarez for Uruguay v South Korea

Suarez had announced himself with a goal against Mexico and the opener in the encounter with South Korea before a sumptuous finish for the winner. A Diego Forlan corner found its way to the Ajax sharpshooter, who netted a brilliant curling shot from just inside the area.


Finally, the one that got away: Frank Lampard for England v Germany

England fans might vote for Lampard's goal-that-wasn't against the Germans - but Uruguayan referee Jorge Larrionda and his assistants failed to see the ball landed clearly over the line and ruled it out.

Germany gained revenge - four decades on - for Geoff Hurst's famous effort awarded in the 1966 final.

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