Top 10: Goals of South Africa 2010
3. Maicon, Brazil vs North Korea
It’s easy to say that a goalkeeper who concedes from this angle is out of position, but poor Ri Myong-Guk can hardly have expected what occurred here: it’d have taken a busload of Paolo Maldinis and Peter Schmeichels to block Maicon’s narrowly angled bullet from virtually level with the goal line.
A wonderfully measured pass from Kaka allows the full-back to stay onside while bombing past the entire North Korea defence. With the ball surely going out of play, the Inter man buries it inside the far post. Some may argue that it was a desperate cross that got lucky – but Maicon maintained afterwards that he meant it.