Do you remember David Beckham’s goal against Wimbledon for Manchester United from the halfway line? Xabi Alonso’s ridiculous goals against Luton and Newcastle while he was at Liverpool? Perhaps you can remember Tottenham fans singing “Nayim, from the halfway line!” in celebration of the Spaniards Cup Winners Cup winning goal against Arsenal or maybe you are even ancient enough to remember Pele spanking one just wide from his own half for Brazil during the 1970 World Cup Finals.
However last weekend in Serie A, Inter winger Dejan Stankovic thrust himself into such illustrious company with this marvellous strike for Inter Milan against Genoa, the third goal in Inter’s outstanding 5-0 rout of their title rivals.
The first thing you will note about the goal is that the goalkeeper has made a total arse of himself. If you are going to come out of your penalty area so far to clear, you actually need to get it (a) clear and (b) preferably to a team mate. Option (c) of “kicking it straight to an opponent to wang back into the goal past me and thus rendering me a complete berk, shouldn’t be an option.
The second thing to note is that despite the goalkeeper, this is a fantastic strike. Stankovic had little or no time to adjust his body position to shape his shot, he had to hit it first time and those two factors combined made it highly unlikely that he’d get his shot on target. The fact he managed to do this and hit such a sweet volley is entirely to his credit and shows fantastic skill as well as superb awareness.
It is an odd goal though, don’t you think? It almost looks as if it has been computer enhanced.
Is it in the Beckham or Alonso class? I’m not sure, my feelings are that if the keeper hadn’t made such a mistake, Stankovic would not have scored, but it is still a marvellous goal?
Which do you think’s better Stankovic’s above Alonso’s;
or Beckham’s ?
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