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Best goals scored at Wembley Stadium

After Nemanja Matic scored one of the best ever goals at Wembley, we look at some of the other memorable strikes at the national stadium.

FOOTBALL 23/04/17 12:46
Best goals scored at Wembley Stadium

Nemanja Matic scored one of the best goals ever seen at Wembley during Chelsea’s FA Cup semi-final victory over Tottenham on Saturday.

The midfielder, without a goal this season, collected the ball from Eden Hazard 30 yards out and blasted an unstoppable shot into the top corner with 10 minutes remaining to seal a 4-2 win for Antonio Conte’s side.

Nemanja Matic scores for Chelsea against Tottenham
(John Walton/EMPICS)

Here, we look at five other memorable strikes at the national stadium.

Ricky Villa (Tottenham v Manchester City, FA Cup final replay, 1981)

With the scores locked at 2-2 in the replay following a 1-1 draw in the first match, Villa won the game with a brilliant solo effort. The Argentinian picked up the ball 30 yards out and jinked inside and out, beating four defenders, before sending a low shot into the net past Joe Corrigan.

Paul Gascoigne (England v Scotland, Euro 96)

Paul Gascoigne scores England's second goal against Scotland in spectacular fashion
(Neil Munns/PA)

Gascoigne won the hearts of a nation when he produced a moment of brilliance to help England beat Scotland 2-0. After David Seaman kept out Gary McAllister’s penalty following Alan Shearer’s opening goal, the playmaker ran on to a long ball, flicked it over Colin Hendry’s head and volleyed home before celebrating in style. ‘Gazza’ then recreated the ‘Dentist Chair’ pose in a light-hearted response to media reports of a drunken night out for the Three Lions.

Roberto Di Matteo (Chelsea v Middlesbrough, FA Cup final, 1997)

Roberto Di Matteo celebrates after scoring within the first minute of the FA Cup Final at Wembley
(Rebecca Naden/PA)

Di Matteo stunned Wembley when, with just a minute played, he surged forward at pace before smashing a right-footed 30-yard shot that hit the underside of the crossbar before crossing the line. Boro failed to recover and Eddie Newton added a second for Chelsea seven minutes from time.

Yaya Toure (Manchester City v Sunderland, League Cup final, 2014)

Manchester City's Yaya Toure scores the equalising goal against Sunderland
(Nick Potts/PA)

Trailing 1-0 to Fabio Borini’s 10th-minute opener, Manchester City needed a spark. Toure provided that 10 minutes after half-time with a brilliant equaliser. The midfielder collected the ball from Pablo Zabaleta 25 yards from goal and curled a brilliant effort over Vito Mannone and into the far corner. Samir Nasri netted just a minute later before Jesus Navas’ goal at the death sealed a 3-1 win for City.

Jesse Lingard (Manchester United v Crystal Palace, FA Cup final, 2016)

Jesse Lingard scores the winner for Manchester United
(Nick Potts/PA)

Lingard fired the winner for United in extra-time after Juan Mata had cancelled out Jason Puncheon’s strike. Antonio Valencia’s drilled cross was cleared to Lingard just inside the area and the forward fired a half-volley with the outside of his boot into the top corner. The England international also netted in the next season’s Community Shield and League Cup final at Wembley.

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