A Look at Some of the Best Goals at the World Cup

Shortly after Australia fell behind 1-0, Cahill ran onto to a looping pass from Ryan McGowan and hit a perfectly-timed volley with his weaker left foot from about 11 yards out.

Netherlands goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen jumped for it, but soon just turned around to pick it out of the net.

"When you look at your idols like (Marco) Van Basten, even Robin van Persie, these are the kind of goals they score," Cahill said. "That's what football is all about, these moments, and what better place to do it than the home of football in Brazil."


United States forward Clint Dempsey against Ghana, first round

Dempsey scored his first goal of the tournament only 30 seconds into the match, the fifth fastest goal in World Cup history.

DaMarcus Beasley started the buildup with a pass to Jermaine Jones, who fed it to Dempsey inside the penalty area. Then, after a nifty move to split Ghana defenders John Boye and Sulley Muntari, Dempsey sent the left-foot shot past goalkeeper Adam Kwarasey, where the ball bounced off the post and in.


Switzerland winger Xherdan Shaqiri against Honduras, first round

Shaqiri collected the ball outside the top right corner of the area, dribbled to avoid a pair of defenders and then launched a curling shot toward the top left corner of the net that went in off the underside of the crossbar.

Honduras goalkeeper Noel Valladares came nowhere near it, and then let in two more from Shaqiri in a 3-0 loss.

"He is short. He is fast. He is mobile," Switzerland captain Gokhan Inler said of Shaqiri a few days later. "The good thing for us is that he can't be figured out easily."


Colombia midfielder James Rodriguez against Japan, first round

After qualifying for the second round after only two games, Rodriguez was on the bench resting for the third group match against Japan. But when he came on for the second half, he scored another highlight-reel goal.

The Colombia playmaker finished off a sublime individual display by twisting and turning through a tired Japanese defense and chipping in an astonishing goal with a minute left.

"It's incredible to see," Colombia teammate Jackson Martinez said. "He is playing a very important role in the World Cup."


Netherlands forward Arjen Robben against Spain, first round

Robben had already scored one goal in the rout over Spain, but his second was done with awe-inspiring speed.

The Netherlands forward collected a long pass from Daley Blind and then out-raced Spain defender Gerard Pique down the field. As he approached the area, Iker Casillas came out to cut down the angle, but the Spain goalkeeper got himself tangled up as Robben twisted around before scoring with a shot past both Pique and Sergio Ramos.

"This is just pure enjoyment," Robben said. "I'm top fit this season and this is a beautiful confirmation of that."


Germany forward Andre Schuerrle against Algeria, second round

Schuerrle provided one of the most subtle of the top goals with his heel, but it was the one that finally gave Germany the lead in extra time against Algeria.

Thomas Mueller provided a cross from the left flank that was slightly behind Schuerrle. The Germany forward dragged his left leg and backheeled the ball into the far corner.

Algeria goalkeeper Rais M'Bolhi had no chance, and Germany moved on.

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