Top 10 goals from FIFA 18



After a hard-fought tournament, that saw several twists and turns along the way, France lifted the World Cup 2018 trophy in Moscow on Sunday. France defeated Croatia 4-2 to win their first World Cup trophy after a span of 20 years under coach Didier Deschamps, who coincidentally, won the trophy as captain in 1998 for Les Bleus. Over the course of the one-month in Russia, several players scripted their names in history books for scoring some of the most unforgettable goals in the tournament’s history. Our Team took in this amazing tournament analysis that had everything from delicious free kicks, to devastating counter-attacks to unbelievable curves; to dig out the top 10 goals just for you!



10. Philippe Coutinho, Brazil vs Switzerland



Switzerland made the mistake of giving Philippe Coutinho just a little bit of space outside the box. As soon as he received the ball, he took advantage of the gap and curled a right-footed strike into the top right corner of the net. Goalkeeper Yann Sommer had no choice but to watch the ball go into the back of the nets.


9. Dries Mertens, Belgium vs Panama



Napoli’s famed striker Dries Mertens stunned the world with a tremendous loop volley that went straight on the bottom-left corner, leaving no chance for Panama goalkeeper Jaime Penedo to save. The angle from which the shot was taken was simply breathtaking, as Mertens was standing on edge of the penalty box.


8. Nacer Chadli, Begium vs Japan



Perhaps, the best counter-attacking move in the entire World Cup 2018 took place in Belgium’s encounter with Japan.  With the scored tied at 2-2 at the final minute of the match, goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois set up the move which saw Kevin De Bruyne passing the ball to Thomas Vermaelen, who crossed it inside the box. Romelu Lukaku left the ball to let it go straight to Nacer Chadli who scored the winning goal.


7. Denis Cheryshev, Russia vs Croatia



This amazing goal came from Denis Cheryshev’s left foot to open the scoring for Russia in the quarterfinal clash, which it ended up losing to Croatia in penalty kicks. Truthfully, Cheryshev had three brilliant goals in this Cup, including two in the group stage, but this one was the tops with a lovely hit freezing Danijel Subasic. Overall, Denis impressed throughout the tournament, getting four goals.


6. Kevin De Bruyne, Belgium vs Brazil



Kevin de Bruyne has a knack of scoring goals in big games. He scored a blinder against Brazil. Getting the ball just outside the six-yard box, he decided to take the shoot which ended in the bottom left corner. Bruyne clearly gave no chance for Alisson Becker to save that. What the team received was an engineered goal, pitch perfect in all aspects; spectators in awe and the rivals doubtlessly broken!


5. Angel Di Maria, Argentina vs France



Andel Di Maria’s goal against France was a pure delight. He received a pass at least 35 yards away from the goal. He picked it up with a right and then with plenty of space around him, set it up for himself on his stronger left feet and took the kick. Result? Top right corner. Hugo lloris’ diving save was not enough to save that one.


4. Toni Kroos, Germany vs Sweden



A free kick in the injury time and Toni Kroos stepped up to take it. The brilliantly executed set piece saw Marco Reus setting the kick up for the Real Madrid midfielder, as his shot curved from a tricky angle and went on to hit the top right corner of the net.


3. Benjamin Pavard, France vs Argentina



This young talent, who is going to attract some major interest from big clubs after the World Cup, helped France defeat Argentina 4-3 with this outrageous slicing goal. Franco Armani had next to no shot to save this due to his position, and Pavard put it brilliantly to the far post giving us an incredible angle from behind the defender. A sublime strike that put his name on the map. Doubtlessly, Benjamin’s goal was touted to be the goal of the tournament by pundits.


2. Lionel Messi, Argentina vs Nigeria



Typically, Messi scored one of the best goals with simplest touches. Just like the Bergkamp’s memorable strike for Holland against Argentina at France ’98, Messi deftly controlleds Banega’s pass on his hign, engineered the football for a perfect drive and gave FIFA, one of its most terrific shots, always to be cherished. Long live Messi!


1. Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal vs Spain



Cristiano Ronaldo’s third goal for Portugal in the match against Spain. Having led Spain twice, Portugal were trailing 3-2 in the dying minutes of their opening group game, when they won a free kick from 25 yards out. Ronaldo hitched his shorts up to Y-front proportions and nailed it, smashing and curling the effort past David De Gea to complete his hat-trick.


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