As the World Cup counts down to its grand finale in Johannesburg on Sunday, we rank the tournament’s top 10 goals so far.
Hopefully there will one or two additions to this list after Holland and Spain have decided who the 2010 World Champions will be.
Keisuke Honda had already opened the scoring for Japan in its crucial Group E decider against Denmark with a brilliant 30-yard free-kick.
But the CSKA Moscow player may have preferred his role as creator of Japan’s third goal.
Receiving the ball with his back to goal, Honda executed a brilliantly deceptive Cruyff turn that took out the Danish defense and forced goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen to come off his line.
Honda then unselfishly squared the ball for Shinji Okazaki to finish.
South Africa’s opener goal against Mexico may not have been the best goal scored at the World Cup from a technical point of view, but it is certainly one of the most memorable.
Kagisho Dikgacoi’s brilliant pass behind the Mexican defense found Siphiwe Tshabalala running into space.
The South African first touch was good and his finish past the Mexican goalkeeper was emphatic.
The fact that the opening goal at Africa’s first World Cup was scored by the hosts made it even more special.
As the South African players celebrated with a coordinated dance routine, you knew this tournament was going to be a good one.
Brazil’s second goal in its last 16 victory over Chile makes the top 10 more for the assist than the finish.
Kaka’s beautifully weighted ball to put Luis Fabiano through on goal was a masterful touch.
Had the Brazilian No. 10 delayed his first-time pass for a split second more, Fabiano would have been offside.
And had Kaka over-hit the ball, even by a margin, the alert Chilean goalkeeper would have easily gathered the pass.
As it was, Fabiano still had much to do to score, but a clever first touch allowed the striker to quick step around the advancing keeper and finish into the empty net.
Leading 3-1 in its second group match against South Korea, Argentina turned on the style and created a wonderful team goal that completed Gonzalo Higuain’s hat-trick.
Neat passing saw Sergio Aguero and Higuain combine to get the ball to Lionel Messi.
Messi scooped a wonderful ball over the Korean defense to where Aguero had continued his run.
Maradona’s son-in-law dinked a perfect first-time pass across the goal to where Higuain was waiting to convert.
Trailing to an early Samuel Eto’o strike for Cameroon, Denmark equalized with a goal of style of simplicity.
A perfect 60-yard pass by Danish defender Simon Kjaer played Dennis Rommedahl in behind the Cameroon defense.
The speedy winger controlled the pass with his chest before sending a perfect cross into the path of the on-rushing Nicklas Bendtner, who slid in to finish.
Carlos Tevez’s opening goal in Argentina’s 3-1 second round win over Mexico was controversially allowed despite the player being offside before he headed home.
But like his coach Diego Maradona did in 1986, he followed up one infamous goal with a brilliant one.
After the ball broke loose 30 yards from Mexico’s goal, Tevez hit a stunning first-time strike that flew into the top corner.
One of the best goals scored at the 2010 World Cup turned out to be one of its most meaningless.
With Italy desperately trying to claw back a 3-1 deficit against Slovakia to try and stay in the tournament, substitute Fabio Quagliarella kept a cool head to score what amounted to a mere consolation for the Azzurri.
Receiving the ball 25-yards from goal, the Napoli striker floated a perfect strike over the Slovakian goalkeeper’s grasp.
At least one Italian will have left South Africa with a good memory.
Spain’s recovery from its opening game defeat to Switzerland was kick-started by a magical goal from its star striker David Villa.
Picking the ball up from the left-wing, the Barcelona player ran into the penalty area skipping past two defenders on his way.
A drop of the shoulder allowed Villa to turn a third Honduran player, before he curled a wonderful shot into the top corner, whilst falling backwards.
There have been a number of great finishes from distance at the 2010 World Cup, but Giovanni Van Bronckhorst’s 30-yard belter to open the scoring for Holland in it semifinal match with Uruguay is arguably the best.
The Dutch fullback was given plenty of room to unleash a left-foot strike that gave the Uruguayan goalkeeper no chance.
It seems that Van Bronckhorst had rehearsed his magical World Cup moment earlier in the season when he scored with a uncannily similar strike for his club side, Feyenoord.
With a close second round match tied at 1-1 with 10 minutes remaining, Uruguay’s young striker Luis Suarez’s lethal finish put his team through to the World Cup’s last eight.
Receiving the ball just inside the penalty area, a neat touch by the Ajax forward took him around the covering Korean defender.
But it still took a magnificent finish to win the game, as he curled a sweet right-foot strike into the top corner.