Remembering Van Bronckhorst’s long-range screamer at World Cup 2010

Giovanni van Bronckhorst was hardly known for his goalscoring ability.

The Dutchman was far from prolific during a playing career than included spells at Arsenal, Barcelona and Rangers.

But at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, he came up with a moment of absolute brilliance.

Bert van Marwijk’s side had taken the tournament by storm – and even knocked out Brazil in the last eight – before they came up against Uruguay in the semi-finals.

It would prove to be skipper Van Bronckhorst’s penultimate game as he retired from football after the tournament.



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After a quiet opening, the ball was played out the then 35-year-old on the left flank.

He took one touch to set himself and let rip from fully 40 yards.

Van Bronckhorst’s drive took everyone by surprise, including Uruguayan stopper Fernando Muslera, who may as well have waved goodbye to the ball as soon as it was hit.

The veteran’s left-footed strike arrowed into the far top corner to spark wild scenes on the pitch and in the stands.

The Dutch would go onto win the clash 3-2 and secure their spot in the final, where they eventually lost to Spain in extra-time.

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