Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 26 October 2014

Kasami goal better than van Basten

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 21: Pajtim Kasami lof Fulham acknowledges the travelling fans following their team's 4-1 victory during the Barclays Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Fulham at Selhurst Park on October 21, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

The marvellous Marco van Basten is one of my favourite players of all time.

In 1988 he scored one of the greatest goals ever seen.

I feel a bit disloyal writing this, but Pajtim Kasami's sensational strike for Fulham at Crystal Palace on Monday was even better.

Marco's majestic volley for Holland against Russia in the Euro '88 final was much more important, as it sealed the only major championship triumph in his nation's history, but comparing goal on goal Kasami wins.

Van Basten scored from a tighter angle, smashing home Arnold Muhren's wonderful crossfield pass, but Kasami smacked his long distance volley into the net after brilliantly chest controlling a pass running at pace.

Just because he's not well known should not take away from his stunning effort.



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