Memorable World Cup goals – five of the best from Russia 2018

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The 2018 World Cup has served up plenty of goals, including a number of spectacular ones.

Here, Press Association Sport looks at five standout strikes in Russia.

1. Nacer Chadli (Belgium 3-2 Japan, round of 16, July 2, Rostov-on-Don)

Nacer Chadli
Nacer Chadli’s late goal knocked out Japan (Hassan Ammar/AP)

2. Benjamin Pavard (France 4-3 Argentina, round of 16, June 30, Kazan)

The 22-year-old full-back levelled for Les Bleus in spectacular fashion, fizzing a half-volley into the top left corner from the right corner of the penalty area to claim his first international goal after Lucas Hernandez’s cross from the opposite wing evaded everyone in the middle.

3. Lionel Messi (Argentina v Nigeria, Group D, June 26, St Petersburg)

Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi showed his class against Nigeria (Owen Humphreys/PA)

4. Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal 3-3 Spain, Group B, June 15, Sochi)

In arguably the game of the tournament, Ronaldo completed his hat-trick with two minutes remaining to snatch a point for Portugal by bending the ball in to the top right corner from a 25-yard free-kick which left David De Gea rooted to the spot.

5. Denis Cheryshev (Russia 2-2 Croatia, 3-4 penalties), quarter-final, July 7, Sochi)

Denis Cheryshev
Denis Cheryshev was the top scorer for hosts Russia (Pavel Golovkin/AP)

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