20. Diego Forlan (Uruguay) vs Germany
Diego Forlan scored his fifth goal of the tournament in the third-place playoff against Germany and showed the world that he doesn’t do only tap-ins.
19.Carles Puyol (Spain) vs. Germany (73’)
Barcelona skipper, Puyol was stationed unmarked at the edge of the penalty area when his Catalan teammate Xavi send a perfectly flighted ball in the direction of Gerard Pique from a corner kick. But Puyol came charging to meet the ball with a strong header forcing the ball past German keeper Manuel Neuer.
18.Diego Forlan (Uruguay) vs. Netherlands (41’):
Uruguay’s talisman collected the ball around the 40 yard area then sent two Dutch defenders in the opposite direction with a shimmy before
striking the “Jabulani” which dipped and swerved all over keeper Stekelenburg who couldn’t keep the shot out.
17.Giovanni van Bronckhorst (Netherlands) vs. Uruguay (17’):
The skipper of Netherlands whose on the verge of international retirement pulled out a blink and miss magic moment from his bag. Mark van Bommel let the ball roll between his legs from a Robben pass before de Zeeuw switched the ball to van Bronckhorst. He sent the ball right into the top corner with a venomous strike from an unimaginable distance. Muslera who was at maximum reach couldn’t keep it out owing to the accuracy of the shot.
16.Suley Muntari (Ghana) vs. Uruguay (45+1’):
He picked up a stray pass from Gyan around 40 yards away from goal, took three touches before he realised he could send a strike through the gaps in defence. Muntari unleashed a dipping shot over the ducking
Gyan. Muslera didn’t have a chance at stopping it.
15. Arjen robben( Netherlands) vs Slovakia:
Netherlands' Arjen Robben, right, kicks the ball to score a goal past Slovakia's Jan Durica, second from right, and Slovakia goalkeeper Jan Mucha, back left, during the World Cup round of 16 soccer match between the Netherlands and Slovakia at the stadium in Durban, South Africa.
14. Carlos Tevez vs Mexico:
The first two Argentine goals in the game against Mexico seemed somewhat fortuitous, this one was far from it. Tevez attempted to wriggle into space and latched onto a rebound, well outside the area. Hitting the ball on the turn first time, it lashed past Perez and into the top corner before the keeper could barely move.
13. Lukas Podolski (Germany) vs England:
Lukas Podolski's thunder
strike from a fine angle against David James which doubled Germany's advantage over England after Miroslav Klose had given them an early lead. It was an exceptional finish and would go down as one of the finest goals scored at the tournament.
12. Luis Suarez (Uruguay) vs South Korea:
It was the winning goal for Uruguay in their Round of 16 match against South Korea. The game was tied at 1-1 and looked destined for extra time before a corner in the 79th minute found Suarez, who cut inside and struck an absolute screamer which would surely go down as one of best goals scored in South Africa.
11. Asamoah Gyan (Ghana) v USA
Asamoah Gyan's strike in the third minute of extra time after the two teams were tied 1-1 at the end of regulation time. Ayew hoofed the ball over towards Gyan, who beat Bocanegra and DeMerit before crashing a wonderful half-volley through Howard.
Awful defensive goal but Gyan made it look stylish and gave Ghana a place in the last eight.
10. Keisuke Honda (Japan) vs Denmark:
Japan's Keisuke Honda's opening goal during the World Cup group E soccer match against Denmark was one of the finest free-kicks taken at the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The two sides were pretty evenly matched till this strike from Honda, gave Japan the initiative and they never looked back.
9. David Villa (Spain) vs Chile
Spain's opening goal against Chile came against the run of play and through a mistake from Chile keeper Claudio Bravo. He came out of his area to clear a nothing long-ball but ended up making a mess of it. The ball fell kindly to Villa, who hit an outrageous left-footed first time shot into the empty net from about 30 yards out.
8. Oezil's goal against Ghana:
was Mesut Ozil’s goal that gave Germany a 1-0 victory over Ghana and guaranteed them of a place in the round of 16. The African side had done well in keeping the Germans at bay and the frustration was beginning to creep in. There were many better chances for them to score but Oezil’s goal was fitting in the situation. Muller picked up the ball at the touch line and fed it through to Oezil, who collected at the edge of the box and after controlling the ball handsomely, rasped it into the top corner of the Ghanaian goal, giving the keeper absolutely no chance.
7. David Villa (Spain) vs Honduras
Spain had not managed to score for 107 seven minutes at the World Cup and the tension was rising as a lot was expected from the reigning European Champions. David Villa had been scintillating out on the left flank and he did brilliantly to beat four Honduras defenders on a slaloming run in from the touchline before
curling a shot into the top corner, via the fingertips of the goalkeeper. It was a wonderful, wonderful goal and a fitting way for Spain to begin their World Cup account.
6. Dennis Rommedahl (Denmark) vs Cameroon
It was the goal that gave the Danes their first victory at the World Cup finals. The game was tied 1-1 at the hour mark when Nicklas Bendtner had the ball at the half-line and spotted Dennis Rommedahl make a splendid run down the right wing to get behind the defender and played an excellent ball into his path. Rommedahl did extremely well to control with a first touch off his chest before cutting back inside the defender, Jean Makoun and letting fly off his left foot to comfortably beat the keeper.
5. Valter Birsa (Slovenia) vs USA
The United States were considered hot favourites when they took on
Slovenia in their second match after having held England to a 1-1 draw in the opener but it was the Slovenians who took an early lead thanks to a great piece of individual brilliance from Valter Birsa, who struck a masterful shot from around 30 yards out to beat Tim Howard all ends up. Birsa became one of the first few to keep the Jabulani ball down, curling it beyond the rooted Howard.
4. Diego Forlan (Urguguay) vs South Africa
The first goal in Uruguay's Group A encounter against hosts South Africa. It was a pretty even contest until that point when Diego Forlan found himself in the pocket behind mid-field, turning and lashing a 30-yard bullet which bent over South African keeper Khune. Replays showed that the shot took a slight deflection of Mokoena, which accounted for the viscious dip on the ball.
3. Elano (Brazil) vs North Korea
It was the goal that followed
Maicon's strike from a near impossible angle to double Brazil's lead. Robinho played a gorgeous, perfectly-timed pass with the inside of his foot to the right of the box from where Elano struck it first time into the far corner of the net. Right out of the Brazil textbook.
2. Maicon (Brazil) vs North Korea
This goal makes the list for more reasons than one. Brazil were having a tough time in cracking down North Korea’s defense in their opening match of the World Cup before their right back Maicon made a sizzling run down the wing and Elano played a brilliant ball in his path, which set him free behind the defenders. He was quick to reach the ball which seemed to be racing away and took a first time shot and bent the ball a long way to beat the Korean keeper on his near post from a very tight angle. It’s difficult to say whether it was intentional but Maicon claimed he had scored such goals for Inter
1. Siphiwe Tshabalala (South Africa) vs Mexico
The first goal of the 2010 FIFA World Cup was one to remember and was scored by Siphiwe Tshabalala of South Africa, which sent the entire Rainbow nation into frenzy. Tshabalala was picked out on the break by a long raking ball and he fired a thunderbolt of a shot into the far top corner, leaving the Mexican keeper with absolutely no chance. The crowd went absolutely wild as the hosts took an unlikely lead and South Africa’s hopes of qualification seemed like a reality.