The 2014 edition of the FIFA World Cup recorded a total of 171 goals. This includes 5 own goals conceded in the tournament. An average of 2.67 goals were scored per game. There were a total of 14 braces and 2 hattricks recorded in the tournament. Thomas Muller and Xherdan Shaqiri scored the hattrick. James Rodriguez scored 6 goals and won the golden boot. He became the first Colombian player to win the golden boot. Lets take a look at the top 5 goals from 2014 world cup.
Top 5 Goals of 2014 FIFA World Cup
5. David Luiz, Brazil v Colombia
Brazil and Colombia faced each other at the quarter-finals at Castelao in front of 60,000 people. Brazil were leading 1-0. Hulk gets fouled badly by James Rodriguez and wins a free-kick for Brazil in the attacking half. With Neymar out of tournament due to injury, David Luiz stepped up to take the free-kick. The Brazilian centre back scored a screamer from 30 yards to extend Brazil’s lead by 2 goals. A knuckle-ball free-kick was all it took for Luiz to beat David Ospina.
4. Mario Gotze, Germany v Argentina
Germany and Argentina faced each other at the finals in Maracana. The game was goal less and Joachim Low made his most impactful substitution at the 88th minute. Mario Gotze replaced Miroslav Klose. The winner of 2014 world cup came at the 113th minute when Andre Schurrle went sprinting down the left. The German number 9 picked out his only supporting partner in Mario Gotze and sent the ball into the box with a cross. Gotze controlled incredibly with his chest and volleyed the ball into bottom right corner. Germany won the game and lifted their 4th world cup trophy.
3. Tim Cahill, Australia v Netherlands
Australia and Netherlands faced in their group B fixture and the game was one of the closely contested fixture in that edition. The Dutch took the lead at 20th minute thanks to Arjen Robben. It took Australia less than a minute to equalise as Tim Cahill scored an absolute screamer. Ryan McGowan’s high, hanging ball from the right to drifted over his left shoulder, the Socceroos talisman scored a blistering volley off the underside of Jasper Cillessen’s crossbar with his weaker foot.
2. Robin Van Persie, Netherlands v Spain
“I scored innumerable headers – some I’m very proud of – but I never scored one close to being that good.”, Robin Van Persie’s words about his flying header against Spain. Daley Blind’s diagonal long ball was lobbed over Iker Casillas by RVP, who was flying in air. The goal saw Netherlands equalise the game 1-1 and what followed was an absolute shocker for Spain.
1. James Rodriguez, Colombia v Uruguay
“I dreamed and dreamed of scoring at the Maracana – a tap-in, any goal – I was just desperate to score there,” said Rodriguez. Colombia were up against Uruguay in the round of 16 and star of the tournament James Rodriguez gave Cafeteros a breakthrough. With his back towards the goal, Rodriguez chested a header, turned around instantly and unleashed a dipping volley which crashed in off the underside of the crossbar. Rodriguez eventually won FIFA puskas award and goal of the tournament.