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Five Left-Leg Wonder Goals As Good As Charlie Adam’s Strike

Charlie Adam’s screamer vs Chelsea isn’t the first left footed goal scored from a team’s own half. But it’s one of the best left footed strikes Pundit Arena’s Tom O’Connor has seen. Here he lists 5 of the most memorable long range lefties.


1) Roberto Carlos vs France (Le Tournoi 1997)

The free kick that announced the enormous thighs and banana free kicks of the legendary Brazilian full back to the world. Even today, 18 years later, it’s an incredible piece of skill that left Fabian Barthez completely bemused. It’s fairly obvious from his run up what he intends to do, however the perfect execution which follows isn’t as easily replicated.

https://youtu.be/3ECoR__tJNQ

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2) Zidane vs Bayer Leverkusen (Champions League Final 2002)

Zinedine Zidane had a habit of leaving his mark on Finals- for better or worse. And in this case it was most definitely for the better. When A cross was knocked over from the right in the 45th minute nobody in the Hampden Park crowd could imagine that the were going to witness history in the making.

With an artistic sweep of his so called weaker leg ‘Zizou’ arced the ball into the top corner of the net beyond the despairing dive of Hans-Jorg Butt to help clinch the Champions League for Real Madrid. Maybe not classified as long range but as it was voted one of the best Champions League goals ever, it sneaks in.

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3) Matt Taylor vs Sunderland (Premier League 2005)

Matt Taylor has hundreds of Premier League appearances while playing for clubs including West Ham, Portsmouth, Bolton and is now playing for Burnley. However, it is one moment ten years ago that made Matt Taylor that little bit more famous. Trailing 1-0 away to Sunderland, the then Portsmouth midfielder connected with a loose ball in midfield and drove it straight over the head of the stranded Kelvin Davis. The technique of hitting a half volley with such accuracy over 40 yards was recognised by Match of the Day viewers who voted it as their Goal of the Season. Taylor scored a similar effort against Everton to prove it wasn’t a lucky strike.

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4) Maynor Figueroa vs Stoke (Premier League 2009)

Figueroa was a Honduran left back signed by Wigan boss Steve Bruce in 2008. He was well used to travelling long distances to play for his national team, however it is for his long range striking ability that he makes this list. A mundane Premier League game at the JJB stadium was lit up by the quick thinking of the home defender. Following the award of a free kick in his own half Figueroa addressed the ball quickly and drilled it past a back pedalling Thomas Sorensen. Similar to Taylor’s strike, it was the recipient of the Goal of the Season.

https://youtu.be/jpwaEdC3hnE

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5) Dane Massey vs Sligo (SSE Airtricity League 2013)

Following Stuart Byrne’s call for Massey to be given a call up to the Republic of Ireland senior squad it seems only fitting to include a strike from the ex Bray Wanderers full back. On a windy night in the Showgrounds, the Lilywhites left full took possession of the ball in the 41st minute near the touch line and proceeded to loop a shot over current team mate Gary Rogers which nestled in the net and proved to be the decisive goal of the match.

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Author: The PA Team

This article was written by a member of The PA Team.