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Wednesday, 24 April, 2002, 10:00 GMT 11:00 UK
Five of the best
Brazil's Carlos Alberto finished a sweeping move in their 4-1 win over Italy
Alberto finished a sweeping Brazil attack
BBC Sport Online selects five of the most memorable World Cup goals.

Diego Maradona
Argentina v England 1986

'Which planet are you from?' screamed Argentine commentator Victor Hugo Morales as Diego Maradona scored his wonder goal against England in the 1986 World Cup quarter-finals.

Argentina legend Maradona scored one of the greatest goals ever in the 1986 World Cup
Maradona's memorable masterpiece

Having already found the net with his infamous 'Hand of God' goal, Maradona picked the ball up inside his own half.

He left Peter Beardsley and Peter Reid chasing shadows, ghosted past Terry Butcher and Terry Fenwick, rounded Peter Shilton and slotted into an empty net.


Archie Gemmill
Scotland v Holland 1978

Scotland, who rarely cause shockwaves in international football, left an indelible mark on the 1978 World Cup.

Archie Gemmill scored a wonderful solo effort against the mighty Holland.

The diminutive striker picked the ball up on the right edge of the penalty area and set about weaving his way through the Dutch defence.

Gemmill left three defenders trailing in his wake before he curled the ball past keeper Jan Jongbloed.


Michael Owen
England v Argentina 1998

A moment of sheer brilliance saw Michael Owen propelled from little-known 18-year-old to one of the world's most sought-after strikers.

England striker Michael Owen exposed an experienced Argentine defence
Owen's magic captivated the world

The England forward set off on a devastating run that shredded an experienced Argentine defence to pieces.

Coupling pace with composure, Owen finished with ruthless precision.

His goal was not enough to stop England crashing out of the tournament but gave the world a glimpse of an emerging talent.


Carlos Alberto
Brazil v Italy 1970

Brazil's Carlos Alberto put the finishing touch to one of the Beautiful Game's most beautiful goals.

Instinctive, dazzling - at times defensively inadequate - Brazil simply outclassed a decent Italy side in 1970.

Pele, Gerson and Jairzinho had already established a healthy 3-1 lead.

That was then capped with Alberto's stunning strike.

Clodoaldo's trickery in his own half finished with Pele's perfectly weighted pass to Alberto whose first-time shot flew into the far corner.


Arie Haan
Holland v Italy 1978

There are some things which are best kept simple.

Holland's Arie Haan
Dutch master Haan was unstoppable - as was his shot

And Holland's Arie Haan did exactly that when he scored an absolute rocket from 40 yards against Italy in the 1978 World Cup semi-final.

Haan had scored an impressive 30-yard strike against West Germany earlier in the tournament.

But he went on to surpass that effort in the semis and in doing so sent Holland into a final showdown against Argentina.


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