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Van Bronckhorst's blast takes over lead for World Cup's top goal

Netherlands' Giovanni van Bronckhorst celebrates after scoring a

Netherlands' Giovanni van Bronckhorst celebrates after scoring a stunning goal against Uruguay in the World Cup semifinals. (July 6, 2010) Photo Credit: AP

The goal of the tournament -- so far -- came from the unlikeliest of players today in Cape Town.

Giovanni Van Bronckhorst let loose a 40-yard missle from the left wing to give the Netherlands a 1-0 lead in the 18th minute of Tuesday's semifinal against Uruguay. With so many world class strikers -- many of them going scoreless -- showcased in the tournament, it was a past-his-prime left back who netted the most jaw-dropping blast of the World Cup.

The Dutch captain found some room on the wing, took a touch and released a laser on goal. Uruguay keeper Fernando Muslera watched the ball rise on a frozen rope toward the upper 90 and couldn't even get a finger on it as it nicked off the inside of the far post and under the bar to give the Oranje an early lead.

Over the weekend, I began to compile a master list of some of the best goals to date. In my opinion, Bronckhorst's strike moves to the very top. Carlos Tevez, David Villa, Diego Forlan (who responded with another long-range masterpiece to tie the game), Luis Suarez and Thomas Muller are among the players on my list. I'll have some fun compiling the final version next week.

 

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