Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Ryan Giggs’s slaloming supergoal

During the 1999 FA Cup semifinal replay against Arsenal, Manchester United winger Ryan Giggs, playing with a groin injury, took the ball from his own half –ala Maradona against England or Michael Owen against Argentina, to score a superb winner.

Patrick Vieira made a careless pass across the center circle. Giggs picked up the ball in space within his own half and started dribbling at the Arsenal defense. The first defender to approach was Vieira, Giggs jinked left to avoid a challenge. Yorke makes a fantastic diagonal run which causes the defense to hesitate and Giggs took advantage of this.

Next, Giggs wrong-foots a defender and evades a third challenge at which point 3 defenders converge and all looks lost. Giggs’s brilliance then shone as he played a perfect ball to himself directly into the box, takes on a shoulder challenge and with a defenders leg outstretched, unleashes a cannon just under the bar leaving David Seaman with no chance. It proved to be the winner and a 109th minute gem.



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Anonymous Mannuger said...

Ha, remember it well

6/19/2007 8:27 PM  
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