On This Day In 2014: Robin Van Persie Scored The Greatest Header In World Cup History
The 2018 FIFA World Cup kicks off tomorrow. I repeat, The WORLD CUP begins on Thursday afternoon and never have we been more excited for a tournament like this one.
To get in the spirit of things, we've gone back in time four years to recall one of the greatest headers in World Cup history - Robin Van Persie's extraordinary diving header against Spain.
In a repeat of the 2010 World Cup final, Spain started the game well when Xabi Alonso netted from the penalty spot, but RVP's equaliser left the world in shock.
The Arena Fonte Nova stood and applauded what was a truly remarkable piece of improvisation.
Louis van Gaal's men went on to win the game 5-1 thanks to goals from Van Persie, Robben and defender Stefan de Vrij, but the headlines belonged to the-then Manchester United striker.
On this day in 2014, Robin van Persie scored one of the greatest diving headers of all time... pic.twitter.com/zXYfTb43TV- SPORTbible (@sportbible) June 13, 2018
As you can see in the footage above, Van Persie met Daley Blind's inch perfect crossfield pass with a 15-yard header like no other.
To put this game into perspective, it was the first time Spain had conceded 5+ goals in an international since losing 6-2 to Scotland in June 1963. In fact, four goals is still the biggest losing margin by a defending champion
1 - Since 1966, the only player to score at the World Cup with his right foot, left foot and head, as well as scoring a direct free-kick and penalty, is Robin van Persie. Flying. #OptaWCCountdown pic.twitter.com/WFXK2D6d7U- OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 13, 2018
On this day in 2014- Pro:Direct Soccer (@ProD_Soccer) June 13, 2018
Robin van Persie aka the Flying Dutchman pic.twitter.com/jbdev4NASX
Best goal of World cup 2014?- World Cup Polls (@WorldCup_Polls) June 3, 2018
RT for James Rodriguez
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Do you think Van Persie's header was better than James Rodriguez's famous volley for Colombia?
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