Giovanni Van Bronckhorst – Netherlands vs Uruguay (South Africa 2010)
Semifinals against Uruguay ended in a frantic 3-2 scoreline in favor of the Dutch players after a frantic end to a match with 2 goals coming in three second half minutes by Wesley Sneijder and Arjen Robben helping seal the first World cup final appearance for the Dutch since 1978.
However the highlight of such a closely fought nerve racking match was the goal which had opened the scoring on the day. A 40 yard out scorching strike by the veteran captain Giovanni Van Bronckhorst landing right into the top corner beyond Uruguayan goalkeeper Muslera’s grasp.
Against the run of play, Dutch skipper Giovanni Van Bronckhorst playing in his last International tournament ensured his side of a chance to move to the final by setting the tone the tone for the game by successfully scoring an impossible and unexpected goal from the left hand side.
It was a once in a life time shot and that is exactly how the assistant coach and former captain Frank de Boer described having witnessed the spectacle first hand :
“It was incredibly beautiful; it was really a perfect shot. To strike a ball like that happens maybe once in a lifetime,”
Watch that extraordinary piece of skill and magnificence from Giovanni Van Bronckhorst :