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South Africa's most memorable goals

There were 145 goals at the 2010 World Cup, the fewest number for the tournament when disputed by 32 teams (since 1998); 2,208 goals have been scored at World Cup from 1930 to 2010 - in a total of 19 tournaments. How many will you remember - aside from Andres Iniesta's winner for Spain? Here is a look at our picks:
Siphiwe Tshabalala - South Africa vs Mexico: Just 55 minutes into the first tournament held in Africa and a goal for the hosts as South Africa's Tshabalala unleashes a rocket into the top right corner past Mexican keeper Oscar Perez. The celebration dance with his teammates was no less stylish.
Landon Donovan - United States vs Algeria: In one of the most dramatic finishes in South Africa, Landon Donovan scored a goal in stoppage time to give the United States a heart-stopping 1-0 victory over Algeria, and hand the Americans a place in the Round of 16.
Carlos Tevez - Argentina vs Mexico: Tevez had netted an offside-looking opener against the Mexicans, but there was no doubt about his second – an absolute cannon that zipped into the top right-hand corner of the net, giving keeper Oscar Perez no chance.
Giovanni van Bronckhorst - Netherlands vs Uruguay: Veteran van Bronckhorst refused to bring the curtain down on his career in a World Cup semifinal, and delivered a thunderbolt from out of the blue with a stunning long-range strike to draw first blood against the Uruguayans, though it needed further efforts from Wesley Sneijder and Arjen Robben to see the Dutch on to the final.
Diego Forlan - Uruguay vs Germany: The pick of Atletico Madrid striker Forlan's goals deserved to win third place for Uruguay, as he leapt to fire home an acrobatic right-foot strike against the Germans, who came back to triumph. Egidio Arevalo played a one-two with Luis Suarez, and Forlan jumped to volley his cross into the ground and inside the right-hand post.
David Villa - Spain vs Honduras: Villa, who has scored on average almost every 70 minutes in the national shirt, had a brilliant effort against Honduras, eluding a clutch of defenders before scoring, despite being off-balance.
David Villa - Spain vs Chile: Another rival for Villa's best effort was an ultra long-range lob against Chile, which ensured passage to the Round of 16 after an opening loss against Switzerland.
Maicon - Brazil vs North Korea: Maicon broke the deadlock from the acutest of angles after a surging run down the wing. Keeper Myong-Guk Ri was baffled, as Maicon bent his effort inside the far post when he appeared to have run out of space for a shot.
Mesut Ozil - Germany vs Ghana: Ozil answered Germany's call in the wake of a loss to Serbia with a brilliant left-footed strike which saw off Ghana and secured passage to the Round of 16. The 21-year-old midfielder of Turkish descent fired home precisely from the edge of the box to make up for a wasted first-half opportunity.
Keisuke Honda - Japan vs Denmark: CSKA Moscow star Honda was instrumental in Japan winning their first matches on foreign soil and coming within a shootout penalty kick of the quarterfinals. He helped to clinch a spot in the second round a brilliantly-executed free-kick against Denmark.
Cristiano Ronaldo - Portugal vs North Korea: Ronaldo made the most of a lucky bobble to celebrate his first goal in two years with the Selecao das Quinas, the 6th score in the 7-0 thrashing of North Korea. It was not great, but it was certainly amusing.
Javier Hernandez - Mexico vs France: Mexico broke the deadlock against France on 64 minutes, when Javier 'El Chicharrito' Hernandez raced on to a lobbed Rafael Marquez pass, rounded goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, and calmly stroked the ball into the net. The 22-year-old forward was recently signed by Manchester United.
Finally, the one that got away - Frank Lampard, England vs Germany: England fans might vote for Lampard's goal-that-wasn't against the Germans, but Uruguayan referee Jorge Larrionda and his assistants failed to see the ball landed clearly over the line and ruled it out. Germany gained revenge - four decades later - for Geoff Hurst's famous effort awarded in the 1966 final.

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