Wednesday, August 08, 2007

When Harry Kewell scored that goal against Arsenal….

Remember when Liverpool winger Harry Kewell scored a brilliant goal when he was with Leeds United against Arsenal back in 2003? Those were better days for Leeds, now mired with a mafia of ownership and a good change at sinking to League 2 with a 15 point deduction.

Let’s focus on something positive, though.

It was only the 5th minute, the ball was in the Leeds half with Arsenal passing well and finding their stride. The ball was cut out in defense as Jason Wilcox launched a 40 meter ball over the top of 2 Arsenal defenders.

Kewell does brilliantly to control the ball with the top of his chest, it looks like a hand ball but it’s not. Watch the replay. With the ball on the ground Kewell decides to load up and go first time for goal across David Seaman with a searing shot. Excellent quality, the best goal he’s ever scored.

Here is the goal:

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Anonymous raodo said...

great goal

8/08/2007 11:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lovely goal. Though I can't help but find that match over-shadowed by the knowledge that it was the last defeat before Arsenal's 49 games unbeaten. Seems like only yesterday really.

8/08/2007 11:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

nice work on the blog mate

8/08/2007 11:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Theres another goal by kewell which is better than this, forgot who it was against, but it was straight from kick off and someone passed it to him and he just blasted it from about 45 yards.

8/09/2007 12:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

sorry i think it was about 35 yards maybe 40

8/09/2007 12:07 AM  
Anonymous Double98 said...

Great Goal My ASS. His first touch is a handball... cheating b*st*rd.. Robbed Arsenal of a title.. i am glad leeds are FUBAR - thieves and cheats...

8/09/2007 12:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

well said.. he handled the ball and as usual the officials saw nothing. not sour grapes just watch the footage from other angles.

Obviously a great strike but come on billions of £ at stake and the part time officials miss everything

8/09/2007 12:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looks like a handball to me. On the first replay you can see it clears his body by quite a distance. Fantastic strike though.

8/09/2007 12:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

NOT NOT NOT a handball, watched it about 7 times, he takes it off the very top of his chest

great blog

8/09/2007 12:35 AM  
Blogger Football Commentator said...

I have the original video and watched it zoomed in and I can confirm absolutely that the ball bounces down off the top of Kewell's chest.

It is hard to tell from the small screen on the YouTube video, but it was quite brilliantly controlled.

8/09/2007 12:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It was handball, even Kewell himself admitted it later.
Leeds 3rd goal, scored by Viduka, was also clearly offside, but it was just one of those days.
Even though this result guaranteed Man Utd the title and Leeds survival, an Arsenal win in this game would have only delayed Man Utd winning the title by one week, they were flying and ended up comfortably winning the rest of their games

8/09/2007 1:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It was a good goal, only problem was Kewell hand balled it at the start of the move.



8/09/2007 2:23 AM  
Anonymous gusthegooner said...

great site, but that sir, was handball.

nice to see that karma has stepped in for dirty harry and dirty leeds.

would be nice to see that original footage you say you have.

8/09/2007 4:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

'Those were better days for Leeds,'

er you sure mate - they needed to win to avoid relegation & we needed to win to stay in the title race with about 2 games to go I think? (1 of which was a 6-0 mauling of Southhampton, Pennant scoring a hat-trick (i know, i know) & Super Bobby Pires also scoring a hatrick, the 3rd goal being a thing of beauty...anyway I digress).

Kewell's goal was lucky imo, not least because of the handball initially but it was a speculative strike that Seaman really should of done better with.

I actually don't begrudge Leeds for that game or any other tbh, I think it's a sad day when any club gets relegated...well at least for 17 prem teams ;o)

8/09/2007 4:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nailed on handball. I was at the game, saw it from the West Lower plain as day. Was fuming at the time and still can't see how the officials can be so incompetent.

8/09/2007 6:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It was handball then ,it is handball now, dont try and delude yourself. As for Sniffer Clarke well thats in the past as well, rather like Leeds' "glory days ".

8/09/2007 7:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not handball? Haha. How can you control a ball that comes over your head, with your chest, and get it to move slightly to the left? Watch his arm come up and watch the direction of the ball.

Clear handball and it's only because he shot so quickly after controlling it with his hand, and because the ref was so far away, that handball wasn't given.

8/09/2007 7:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry, but I think these two Kewell Goals are MUCH better:



8/09/2007 8:21 AM  
Anonymous HighburyJD said...

bl8ant handball

8/09/2007 8:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Definate Handball.

I was sitting in the East Lower and couldn't have had a better view.

Matters not though, was a great strike and a fantastic game overall. Arsenal didn't do enough on the day to deserve the win or the title. Pires and Gilberto were both awful. The former going off 'injured' late on(Recovered quick enough to score that amazing hat-trick against Southampton 3 days later funnilly enough). Still 49 unbeaten after that...

8/09/2007 9:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It was a fucking hand ball...k ?
If you realy zoom in i was at the 3rd rw pointing the finger ...kewell is a bastard

8/15/2007 9:10 AM  

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