Yesterday, a cacophony of cheers erupted when Holland’s Robin van Persie’s brilliantly headed a perfect 50-yard cross from teammate Daley Blind into the back of the Spanish net.
The din dwarfed the distracting drone of the countless vuvuzelas that fans at the South African FIFA World Cup produced in 2010.
It also heralded the expectation of fabulous football for international fans in this year’s soccer spectacle in Brazil.
With the Dutch side trailing reigning FIFA World Cup champion Spain late in the first half of yesterday’s pool play, van Persie’s incredible aerial missive in the 43rd minute brought the game level.
In addition, the goal sparked what would be a five goal unanswered assault on the world’s top team.
The Manchester United striker scored again in the Netherland’s improbable 5 – 1 rout of the Spaniards.
However, Holland’s captain’s acrobatic header stands out as by far the best goal so far in a World Cup tournament teeming with incredible scorers. And, van Persie’s aerial mastery will be extremely difficult to match.
Moreover, move over legendary ghost ship The Flying Dutchman which never made port and roamed the seas forever. That’s because a new “flying Dutchman” on the football pitch found his home in the back of the net at the most critical time for his Netherlands’ squad.
Without doubt, his two opening game goals will propel him toward the event’s Golden Boot Trophy and further energize his Dutch side to win the coveted World Cup Trophy and not just advance to the title game as it did in 2010.
With only three goals in twelve previous World Cup games, van Persie faced enormous pressure as he prepared for Brazil.
However, his amazing header past one of the sport’s top goalkeepers will be forever etched in World Cup lore, and it trumpeted far louder than any vuvuzela that van Persie and his Dutch side as one of the favorites in Brazil.
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