Top 10: Goals of Germany 2006

1. Esteban Cambiasso, Argentina vs Serbia and Montenegro

Fitting that this goal completes Argentina's Top-10-topping one-two: it's a sublime 25-pass move that stands as one of the greatest team goals in World Cup history. The fact that it was scored against a Serbian side who lost every group game (including this one, 6-0) and looked out of their depth shouldn’t diminish the almost transcendental calm that pervades Argentina – epitomised by a barely walking-pace Juan Roman Riquelme – as they torment their quarry. 

Scuttling Stevie Cambiasso, heavily involved throughout, eventually applies the finishing touch to a Hernan Crespo backheel. Everyone immediately appointed them favourites to win the tournament, but they struggled to recreate this sublime moment again, and went out in the quarters to a high-energy Germany. Gah.


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