Japanese teenager lines up with Messi for shot at goal award

Lionel Messi and Arjen Robben are battling with a Japanese teenager and a Swedish second division player for Fifa's goal of the year award.

The shortlist of 10 announced this week also included an astonishing effort from the Northern Ireland Premier League and two goals from the World Cup.

Kumi Yokoyama made the list when she dribbled through five opponents before slotting into the bottom corner during Japan's semi-final against North Korea at the Under-17 World Cup.

Linus Hallenius, from the Swedish second division club Hammarby, flicked the ball past an opponent and volleyed into the far corner from a near-impossible angle to earn his place.

Matthew Burrows' goal for Glentoran against Portadown was a back-heeled volley from just inside the penalty area.

The two World Cup goals selected were Siphiwe Tshabalala's thumping drive for South Africa in the opening match against Mexico and Giovanni van Bronckhorst's spectacular strike for the Netherlands in the semi-final against Uruguay.

Messi has produced a number of contenders in the last few months but Fifa went for his La Liga goal for Barcelona against Valencia when he wriggled through the opposing defence before slipping the ball home.

The other contenders were Hamit Altintop's long-range effort for Turkey against Kazakhstan, Arjen Robben for Bayern Munich against Schalke 04 and Arsenal's Samir Nasri in a Champions League match against Porto.

"The final list has been drawn up using the following criteria: aesthetics; the importance of the match; the absence of luck or an opposition mistake as a factor making the goal possible; fair play; and the date, with only goals scored between 1 January and 15 October counting," Fifa said.

In Argentina, the central defender Jonatan Maidana headed the only goal as River Plate beat Boca Juniors 1-0 in the "superclasico" derby at the Monumental on Tuesday. Former Boca player Maidana rose above the defence to glance a corner from the right by Erik Lamela past diving goalkeeper Javier Garcia and inside the far post in the 54th minute.

It was River's first win over Boca in six league matches since 2007. In 187 league meetings, Boca have won 68 and River 62. "This was a final and they played it like that, with the 'sacred fire'," said River's caretaker coach, J J Lopez.

The right-back Paulo Ferrari, speaking of Lopez and his staff, said: "They are people of the club, who told us what it takes to play matches like this."

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