World Cup 2014: Best goals from Week 1
The 2014 Fifa World Cup is well under way and is already being hailed as a goal fest compared to previous tournaments, so we've compiled the top five strikes of the first week.
FLYING DUTCHMAN: We kick things off with Van Persie's contender for goal of the tournament in the Netherlands' 5-1 romp against Spain. The ball came in from half way and had a flying Robin on the end of it, lifting the ball over a stumped Iker Casillas as he watched the ball soar into the net.
EQUALISER: England had the hard task of facing big rivals Italy in their World Cup opener. With the pressure of floundering performances on top of him, Wayne Rooney picked out Daniel Sturridge in the box leaving him a half volley for the equaliser. They went on to lose the game 2 - 1 as the Italians netted through Belotelli in the 50th minute. Better luck next time, eh?
CAPTAIN CAHILL: The Socceroos' all time top goal scorer Tim Cahill's volley to level the score against Group B leaders Netherlands temporarily looked like yet another upset in this years' unpredictable competition. Replay coverage of Arjen Robben's opener in the 20th minute hadn't finished before Australia were on the counter attack. After going 2-1 down in the 54th minute the Dutch eventually clawed their way back to seal the victory with Memphis Depay striking from distance and netting 22 minutes from time.
RECORD BOOKS: The crowd had barely sat down following the national anthems when Clint Dempsey put his name in record books in just 29 seconds. Ghana have a history of destroying USA's World Cup dreams, knocking them out twice before. Dempsey was keen to put that tradition to bed, pocketing the tournaments fifth fastest goal ever. The fastest goal came in the 2002 World Cup via Hakan Sukur of Turkey in their match against Korea in an unfathomable 10.89 seconds. Sit down Dempsey.
PICK POCKET: Ecuador looked like they were going to snatch a victory from Switzerland when midfielder Michael Arroyo found the ball at his feet in the Swiss box only to have his pockets picked by Valon Behrami, resulting in a Swiss counter attack and clincher in injury time. The game had been locked up early in the second half and was doomed to end in a depressing draw until substitute Haris Seferović got on the end of mediocre cross, tipping it in for the winner 30 seconds from time.