Top 10: Goals of Germany 2006
2. Maxi Rodriguez, Argentina vs Mexico
Similar to Joe Cole’s, but better, on the basis that the chance was the result of some brilliantly patient build-up football and a pinpoint cross, rather than a fortuitous clearance – and the fact that it was a winner in a finely-poised knockout clash as opposed to the first goal in a 2-2 group game.
Other than that, the bit Maxi does is identically delicious to Cole: he cues himself up with a lovely bit of chest control and arrows it home. Bravo.