World Cup 2018 – Goals Of The Tournament

World Cup 2018 – Goals Of The Tournament

Oddschanger’s Top 5 goals of the tournament

We are now approaching the business end of the World Cup and it’s fair to say that we’ve been treated to some absolutely fantastic games over the past three weeks. The quality in Russia this summer has topped that of previous tournaments, and for once England fans are actually witnessing their team play well, in with a real chance of making the final for the first time in over 25 years.

There’s been some outrageous goals scored so far, and we’ve taken a look our top five in this blog below. Have a read and let us know your thoughts by tweeting us @Oddschanger, enjoy!

5. Philippe Coutinho (Brazil v Switzerland)

Time and time again we have seen this trademark strike from Barcelona’s Philippe Coutinho; shift the ball onto that favoured wand of a right peg and curl it past whichever helpless goalkeeper happens to be between the sticks. During his stint at Liverpool, the 26-year-old playmaker frequently demonstrated this phenomenal technique, with his strikes against Newcastle and Stoke providing two of the most memorable moments throughout his four year tenure at Anfield. Coutinho’s strike here opened Brazil’s account in Russia, but it sadly wasn’t enough to ensure The Canaries won their first match against Switzerland as they ended up drawing the game 1-1. Take nothing away from the strike though – what a hit, son.

(Video Credit: @ITVFootball)

 

4. Toni Kroos (Germany v Sweden)

This stunning free-kick was made 10x better due to the situation Germany found themselves in when it was scored. Ultimately doomed if they had drawn with Sweden, captain Toni Kroos stepped up to take a last minute set piece from an impossibly tight angle on the left hand side of the penalty area. Germany fans everywhere had their heart in their mouths, praying that somehow, just somehow the ball would find its way into the back of the net – and that’s just what happened. Real Madrid midfielder Kroos wrapped his right foot around the ball and got the power of the strike absolutely spot on, sublime. As it goes the goal turned out to mean nothing as the Germans got binned off in the last 16 when they were defeated 2-0 by South Korea; but still, credit where credit’s due and Kroos’ strike goes into this list no questions asked.

(Video Credit: @ITVFootball)

3. Aleksander Kolarov v Costa Rica

We’re all well aware of Aleksander Kolarov’s wand of a left foot from his time spent playing in the Premier League with Manchester City. The Serbian left-back has one of the best shots in world football, whether he’s smashing an absolute cannon of a drilled attempt at the unfortunate goalkeeper in his way, or curling a beautifully weighted free-kick into the top corner, Kolarov rarely disappoints when he takes a set piece. In an otherwise extremely boring game which lacked any real quality, the 32-year-old set pulses raising with this stunning free-kick. To get the ball over the wall and then back under the bar from that distance is a skill only very few can manage, which makes this goal even more spectacular.

2. Benjamin Pavard (France v Argentina)

In a hugely exhilarating clash between France and last years finalists Argentina, Les Blues right-back Benjamin Pavard produced a moment of pure class to draw his side level after a crazy 10 minutes that saw the South Americans take the lead with two quick-fire goals. The Stuttgart full-back sliced across the ball from approximately 25 yards out and arrowed it across the face of goal into the far left corner, leaving goalkeeper Franco Armani completely stranded. To be able to approach a moving, bouncing ball and adjust your body perfectly before projecting the ball into the goal from a hugely difficult angle is near-on impossible. Pavon, take a bow.

(Video Credit: @BBCMOTD)

1. Nacho (Spain v Portugal)

After giving away a penalty within the first five minutes of the game, Spain full-back Nacho redeemed himself perfectly by catching the sweetest strike ever on the half volley. Similar to Pavard’s goal for France against Argentina, the 28-year-old sliced across the ball and sent it sailing across the face of goal with the perfect amount of backspin. Rui Patricio didn’t stand a chance in the Portugal net, poor bugger. Unfortunately for Nacho, this goal was perhaps overshadowed due to the fact Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat-trick, but take absolutely nothing away from the strike as it was an absolute beauty. Annoyingly, Fifa own the rights to the footage of this goal, so sadly we can’t include it into this blog but it was too good to leave out, so you’ll have to use your imagination when recreating this stunning strike…