By Chris Wright
Back in June of 2011, Mexico won their record sixth CONCACAF Gold Cup title in front of 93,000 fans at the Pasadena Rose Bowl thanks to a nutty 4-2 victory over the USA in which El Tri found themselves two goals behind within the first 20-odd minutes.
The heroic tooth-and-nail victory was capped in style by a decadent finish of the highest order from Tottenham’s forgotten man, Giovani Dos Santos, who signed off his ‘Man of the Match’ performance with the final goal of the game – an impudent 76th-minute lob over the sprawling Tim Howard.
There’s finesse and then there’s this…
That was three-and-a-half years ago? Bloody hell fire!
Anyway, so good was Dos Santos’ dink that it swiftly wound up on the shortlist for the 2011 Puskas Award, eventually coming in a distant runner-up to Neymar’s jinky solo goal against Flamengo.
Well, we know which one we prefer.
Great shout from Pies fan Hugo Loffhagen. Cheers mate!
A selection of other Random Great Goals on Pies…
Patrick M’Boma (Gamba Osaka) Destroys Defence With Interpretive Dance
Roberto Cabanas (New York Cosmos) Scores With Aerial Acrobatics
Thierry Henry (Arsenal) Is Grace Personified
Keisuke Honda (Japan) Manipulates The Laws Of Physics
Robin van Persie (Arsenal) Cracks One In Off The Post
Ray Wilkins (England) Gets His Lob On
David Beckham (Man Utd) Finishes With Aplomb
Rory Delap (Southampton) Scores An Overhead Kick!
Eduardo (Arsenal) Is One Deft Son Of A Gun
Ian Rush (Liverpool) Hooks One Home
Mark Hughes (Man Utd) Lobs The Grob
Davie Cooper (Rangers) Paints His Old Firm Masterpiece
Taison (Metalist) Strays Into Van Basten Territory
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