20 Years Ago Gianfranco Zola Scored One Of The All Time Great FA Cup Goals
Gianfranco Zola's incredible back heeled goal for Chelsea, against Norwich, was scored 20 years ago today, and it's still an all time great.
The Italian came with a big reputation after his time with Napoli and Parma, winning Serie A alongside Diego Maradona with the former, and the UEFA Cup with the latter.
At Chelsea, the forward enjoyed many brilliant moments and won quite the haul of silverware for a Blues side who weren't the super power they'd become under Roman Abramovich.
In 2002, later on his time at Stamford Bridge, the little Italian proved just how brilliant he could be, with a moment of pure genius in the FA Cup, in a third round replay against Norwich City.
Gianfranco Zola's magical goal v Norwich!— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) January 6, 2018
We'll never tire of seeing this... 👌 pic.twitter.com/9vpSW7CYGB
CHELSEA REWIND: On this day 20 years ago, Chelsea beat Norwich City 4-0 at Stamford Bridge in a F.A Cup 3rd Round Replay. The night will always be remembered for Gianfranco Zola scoring one of the best ever Chelsea goals at the Bridge. #Legend 🙌 pic.twitter.com/ZmPRvm8XzU— Chris Wright 🏴 (@chriswrightzz) January 16, 2022
At the time Norwich were a Championship side, the league was still known as the First Division at the time, but managed to hold their Premier League opposition in the first game.
Despite a strong team for the Blues at Carrow Road, that included Zola, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, Marcel Desailly and William Gallas, the west Londoners were held to a 0-0 draw.
However when they got the Canaries back to the capital nine days later, the home side showed their quality, with Zola's goal the pick of the bunch.
Mario Stanic opened the scoring for the hosts, before Frank Lampard doubled the lead just after the half time interval, before the Zola's moment of pure class made it 3-0. Mikael Forssell wrapped things up in the final minute of normal time.
Zola's genius can still be seen in some Premier League records today, but one player equalled one of his landmarks from his time in England on Saturday.
The 55-year-old, who has managed in England with West Ham, Birmingham City and Watford, is still the joint second top free kick scorer in the Premier League's history.
Southampton captain James Ward-Prowse joined the Italian, and Thierry Henry, on 12 goals from the set piece, with only David Beckham's 18 ahead of the trio of men.
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