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The Great World Cup Goals, #3: Giovanni Van Bronckhorst (Holland) vs Uruguay, 2010 (Video)

By Chris Wright

Netherlands beat Uruguay 3-2 to reach finals

Giovanni van Bronckhorst captained Holland throughout their run at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, receiving an election into the Order of Orange-Nassau and letters after his name for his troubles, with the highlight of the veteran left-back’s tournament undoubtedly being his outrageous goal to open the scoring against Uruguay in the semi-finals – the penultimate game of his professional career (the less said about his final game, the better).

With just 18 minutes played, the ball wound up at Van Bronckhorst’s feet in a seemingly fairly innocuous position some 40 yards out from goal over on the left-hand side.

With everybody expecting a deep cross to be delivered as Gio wound up, it was at this point that the then-35-year-old unleashed an absolute Exocet of a shot past Fernando Muslera to put Holland 1-0 up, leaving the Uruguayan ‘keeper nursing a pair of lightly scorched gloves in the process…


Netherlands beat Uruguay 3-2 to reach finals

More in the series…

#1 – Maxi Rodriguez (Argentina) vs Mexico, 2006
#2 – Saeed Al-Owairan (Saudi Arabia) vs Belgium, 1994

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By Chris on April 30th, 2014 in Featured, Newsnow, Top 10s & lists, Videos, World Cup. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.

3 Responses to “The Great World Cup Goals, #3: Giovanni Van Bronckhorst (Holland) vs Uruguay, 2010 (Video)”

  1. Bryan says:

    Ian Darke’s call of this goal is the best. I wish the video was better.

  2. Steve-o says:

    To think, a sport rife with racism, match fixing, diving, et al and it’s the vuvuzela that almost made me rip my ears off. I hate that thing with all of my being.

  3. Jarren says:

    Ooof! Pick that out!

    BTW Steve-o, I hear you. Or at least I would if I had not been deafened by those DEVICES FROM SATAN.

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