Spain 1 Netherlands 5: Robin van Persie scores incredible header, but where does it rank among the Manchester United striker's best goals?

Manchester United striker connected with a 45-yard pass

James Orr
Friday 13 June 2014 23:51 BST
Robin van Persie leaps to equalise against Spain
Robin van Persie leaps to equalise against Spain (GETTY IMAGES)

Seemingly out of nowhere, Robin van Persie met Daley Blind's 45-yard cross with a sublime header to equalise for the Netherlands in their shock 5-1 victory over Spain, leaving goalkeeper Iker Casillas stranded. But where does it rank among the Dutchman's finest goals?

With his sublime effort, Van Persie also became the first Dutchman to score in three successive World Cup finals too. He later added a second, capitalising on an error from Casillas.

1. Charlton 1-2 Arsenal, September 2006

Emmanuel Eboue pinged in a cross, Van Persie acrobatically volleyed it home from outside the area without missing a step. Incredible.

2. Arsenal 1- 0 Everton, Dec 2011

Another astonishing volley. Alex Song chips in a cross which Van Persie runs on to to somehow thrash the ball into the corner. Tim Howard didn't even move.


Meeting a 45-yard pass to head the ball on for a pass is normal. Leaping to meet a 45-yard pass with a perfectly directed diving header to score is on a different planet.

4. Man Utd 3-0 Aston Villa, April, 2013

Van Persie wrapped up the Premier League for Manchester United with this strike, connecting with Wayne Rooney's long-range pass with an unstoppable first-time finish.

5. Liverpool 1-2 Arsenal, March 2012

In the 90th minute, Song looks up, lofts over his through-ball to Van Persie, who steadies himself before beating Pepe Reina at his near post.

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