The 2010 edition of the FIFA World Cup recorded a total of 145 goal scored by 97 different players. This includes 2 own goals conceded in the tournament. An average of 2.27 goals were scored per game. There were a total of 10 braces and 1 hattrick recorded in the tournament. There were some of the most iconic moments and goals. The top 5 goals of 2010 FIFA World Cup are listed below.
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Argentina’s Gonzalo Higuain scored a hattrick against South Korea. Thomas Muller, David Villa, Wesley Sneijder and Diego Forlan scored 5 goals each. Thomas Muller won the golden boot as he had the most number of assists among the four. Lets take a look at the top 5 goals of 2010 world cup.
5. Lukas Podolski, Germany v England
Germany and England faced each other at the Round of 16 fixture. Germany took the lead from Miroslav Klose’s opener. At the 32nd minute of the game, Germans patient build up play resulted in second goal of the night. German won the possession at the half line and started progressing forward. Miroslav Klose received the ball at touchline and the striker hooped it to a young Thomas Muller running past the English backline. Muller played the ball to Lukas Podolski, who beat David James in an incredibly tight angle to score the goal.
4. Carlos Tevez, Argentina v Mexico
Argentina faced Mexico at the Round of 16. The fixture was comfortably in Argentina’s favour with the Albicelestes leading 2-0 at the half time. At the 52nd minute of the game Carlos Tevez tried to thread the ball past Mexican defence. The Argentine striker took it on himself after his pass was blocked. He laced the ball with a powerful shot from 25 yards that went into the top right corner. Commentator John Helm called it a “blinding goal”.
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3. Diego Forlan, Uruguay v Netherlands
Uruguay and Netherlands went head to head at the semi-finals. Netherlands were leading the game by 1-0 and at the 41st minute of the game Diego Forlan scored the equaliser. The Uruguay striker smashed the ball to the roof of the net from 25 yards with his left foot. Stekelenberg managed to put his hand over the ball, but the battle was already lost as the goalkeeper went to his right before moving back to his left.
2. Giovanni van Bronckhorst, Netherlands v Uruguay
In the semi-finals between Netherlands and Uruguay, Giovanni van Bronckhorst scored the opener before Forlan’s equaliser. At the 18th minute of the game, van Bronckhorst scored an absolute screamer from the left flank about 30 yards. He whacked that like a missile into the top corner. This is arguably one of the greatest goals scored in a world cup.
1. Andres Iniesta, Spain v Netherlands
Yes, you guessed it right. Iniesta’s goal ranks at the top mainly for the kind of significance it holds and at what moment it was scored. Spain and Netherlands faced each other at the finals and the game went to extra time. The match was still at 0-0 at the end of first half of extra time. At 116th minute of the game Cesc Fabregas fed Andres Iniesta with the ball and the Barcelona midfielder volleyed it into the corner. This goal is etched in the memory of Spain fans all over the world with this strike sealing their first ever world cup.