The World Cup has completed a week of action in Brazil. There have been some stunning results no soccer fan could have ever predicted.
The defending world champion Spanish squad is already eliminated from the tournament with loses to both Netherlands and Chile. Chile is currently in second in Group B with a 2-0 win over Spain and 3-1 win over Australia.
The USMNT beat their nemesis Ghana, and Germany dominated Portugal in a 4-0 win. Mexico gained an important point in Group A, after a 0-0 draw with host country Brazil. And Uruguay lost to Costa Rica 3-1, and now has an uphill climb to face in the group of death with Italy and England.
These are only some of the shocking results from week one of the World Cup. Some great soccer and matches have been played, which has led to some of the best goals of the tournament. There have been goals from the top forwards in the world, and goals from unsung heroes lifting their team to victory. Arjen Robben, Thomas Muller and Robin van Persie all have three goals in the tournament, leading the Golden Boot race.
Then there are the John Brooks’s of the tournament. Brooks came into the USMNT game at halftime as a substitute to replace Matt Besler at center back. He made his 5th international appearance at just the age of 21. He defended well, but was also the American hero. He scored his first international goal to lead the USMNT to a 2-1 victory. There are goals scored by the stars of the team, but the players coming off the bench have scored some great goals so far too.
The top two goals of the tournament from week one have come from two of the best forwards in the game.
Number two goal:
The second best goal of the tournament came from the Dutch footballer van Persie. He is the captain of the Dutch team, and a striker for Manchester United. His header goal against Spain was not only a pretty goal, but it also changed the whole game.
His goal came after the Dutch were losing 1-0 to Spain after the Dutch gave up a penalty kick. Van Persie’s goal tied the game at 1, and gave the Dutch all the momentum they needed, as they went on to beat Spain 5-1. Dutch player Daley Blind played a great ball from about midfield to the edge of the Spanish box. Van Persie collected the ball and scored on a diving header. He was only focused on the ball, not the goal or where the Spanish goalie was set. It was a great goal and changed the momentum of the game.
Number one goal:
The best goal of the tournament has to be Tim Cahill’s volley. Cahill is an Australian footballer and is the all-time top scorer for Australia. He currently plays for the New York Red Bulls in the MLS. This is supposedly his last World Cup, and if that is true he only got to play two games. Cahill has to sit out the game against Spain due to two yellow cards.
But is he leaving his legacy behind with the best goal of the World Cup? We will have to see how the rest of the World Cup pans out, but after week one it is the best goal of the tournament. Cahill scored just 70 seconds after the Dutch took a 1-0 lead. It tied the game at 1-1 and gave Australia a chance to compete in the game. An Australian player served a ball into the Dutch box, and Cahill volleyed the ball out of the air. It hit the crossbar and bounced into the net. It was a pretty goal and takes enormous technique to get that volley on net.
These are the two best goals of the World Cup from week one, but hopefully there will be many more in contention for the best goal of the entire World Cup.