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World Cup 2014: Best Goals of the Group Stage

Spain v Netherlands: Group B - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

136 total goals were scored in the group stage of the 2014 World Cup. That’s a lot. Enough for 2.83 per match. Perhaps enough to change some attitudes about soccer being boring. Yeah, on second thought, probably not.

Since everyone who frequents this site loves two things above all (GIFs and soccer) let’s look back at some of the best goals so far through the Group Stage.

Best Goal by an American: Jermaine Jones vs. Portugal

Jermaine-Jones-scores-b

Best Volley by a guy playing in MLS: Tim Cahill vs. the Netherlands

Tim Cahill goal against Netherlands-b

Best dribbling and finish: Gervinho vs. Colombia

Gervinho goal against Colombia

Best Goal by Arjen Robben (so far): Arjen Robben vs. Spain

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Best cheeky chip: James Rodriguez vs. Japan

James Rodriguez goal against Japan-a

Best header 1a: Andrew Ayew vs. Germany

André Ayew goal against Germany-b

Best header 1b: Shinji Okazaki vs. Colombia

Shinji Okazaki goal against Colombia-b

Best cross to set up a goal: Cristiano Ronaldo to Silvestre Varela vs. United States (sorry, but it’s a nice cross.)

Silvestre Varela header on cross from Ronaldo-a

Best goal for short, stocky people: Xherdan Shaqiri vs. Honduras

Xherdan Shaqiri goal against Honduras

Best goal to cap an International career: David Villa vs. Australia

David Villa backheel goal against Australia-b

Best Goal from Thomas Müller that didn’t cost the United States: Thomas Muller vs. the United States

Thomas Muller goal against USA-a

Best Goal from a tight angle: Karim Benzema vs. Honduras

Karim-Benzema-2nd-goal-against-Honduras-a

Best important goal by Lionel Messi: Lionel Messi vs. Iran

Lionel Messi goal vs Iran-b

Best of the bunch: Robin van Persie vs. Spain

Robin-Van-Persie-flying-header-against-Netherlands-c

 

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