Comparing Tim Cahill's Brilliant Goal to the 10 Best from the Last World Cup
Tim Cahill has scored arguably the greatest goal at the 2014 FIFA World Cup so far, with his nation Australia drawing level against Netherlands as a result.
Fans and viewers will be hoping for plenty more top-class strikes during the course of the tournament, especially after the feast of amazing goals served up during the last World Cup, four years ago in South Africa.
Here is Cahill's goal for you to view again—along with 10 of the best from World Cup 2010!
Tim Cahill vs Netherlands
Tim Cahill's spectacular strike was a terrific combination of technique and power.
The Aussie attacker absolutely belted a first-time volley on his left foot into the roof of the Dutch net, just moments after Arjen Robben had given his side the lead in the Group B clash.
It's Cahill's second goal at the 2014 World Cup.
Siphiwe Tshabalala vs France
South Africa opened their own tournament with this absolute stonker from Siphiwe Tshabalala, who broke clear and rammed one home against Mexico in the tournament's opening match.
The hosts eventually drew that match 1-1, but the goal itself paved the way for a tournament of truly incredible goals.
Park Ji-Sung vs Greece
South Korea's Park Ji-Sung showed pace, poise and close control to score one of the best individual goals of the last World Cup.
The now-retired midfielder seized on a defensive error to run in and finish coolly in a 2-0 win for his side which helped them qualify for the knock-out stages.
Muntari vs Uruguay
Most of the continent of Africa was behind Ghana as they progressed through to the quarter-finals of the 2010 World Cup, and Sully Muntari's fantastic long-range strike gave them hope of reaching the last four.
This goal came moments before half-time to put Ghana ahead; they eventually went out on penalties to Uruguay.
Ozil vs Ghana
Germany were struggling manfully to break down Ghana in this group stage clash, before Mesut Ozil conjured up something special.
The playmaker flicked the ball up and unleashed a ripsnorter of a volley into the far corner, setting Germany through top of the group as a result. Ghana qualified in second.
Tevez vs Mexico
Sometimes, you catch a first-time shot so sweetly that you just know, from the instant it leaves your foot, that it's hitting the back of the net.
Carlos Tevez got to experience that feeling in the World Cup, in the round of 16, to ensure his nation's progression at the expense of Mexico. What a hit.
Quagliarella vs Slovakia
Whilst the hammer boot—such as that of Tevez—can leave an explosive imprint of impression on a viewer, so can the altogether more subtle and difficult touch of a deliberate chip.
Fabio Quagliarella scored this last-minute delicacy against Slovakia in the group stages; it wasn't enough to rescue a point for his nation, who lost 3-2 and finished bottom of the group, whilst Slovakia went through. Great goal, though.
Luis Fabiano vs Ivory Coast
Luis Fabiano scored a somewhat debated goal at the last World Cup amidst accusations of a double hand-ball, but the strike stood and thus we can appreciate the excellent skill, control and invention required.
The Brazilian striker took three defenders out of the game, one of them twice, before burying a fine finish in this group stage game. Brazil won 3-1 and topped the group.
David Villa vs Honduras
Here's David Villa in his prime—winding his way through the Honduran defence in the group stage.
The Spanish striker, playing from the left of the attack at the time, left three defenders merely watching him as he tricked one way then the other, before curling a fine finish inside the far post. Spain, of course, went on to win the World Cup.
Forlan vs Germany
Diego Forlan hit no less than five goals at the 2010 World Cup and each of them seemed to be pretty spectacular.
Here's what was probably his pick of the bunch—a brilliant volley in the third place playoff against Germany. He was on the losing side in the end, 3-2, but enjoyed a terrific tournament nonetheless.
Giovanni Van Bronckhorst vs Uruguay
This was the goal of the tournament, no doubt. Giovanni van Bronckhorst unleashed this humdinger in the semi-finals of the World Cup, which Holland eventually won 3-2 against Uruguay.
The left-back, and captain, of the national side certainly led by example with this audacious effort, worthy of gracing the game's biggest stage.
As we progress through the 2014 World Cup, we can only hope to see more goals of the same quality!