Saturday, June 14, 2014

Van Superman a.k.a Van Batman

It was a stunning goal that will live long in the memory - Robin van Persie soaring through the air to head Holland level in their World Cup opener against defending champions Spain.

Step one: A routine ball out from the back comes to Daley Blind who controls the ball, takes another touch and looks up to Van Persie calling for the ballStep Two: The Manchester United striker spots an opportunity with Gerard Pique jeopardising Spain¿s high line by dropping back to mark Arjen Robben, Blind¿s most likely targetStep Three: With Van Persie sprinting for space, Blind gambles and hits a 45-yard pass from the left-hand touchline in search of his side¿s chief goal-getterStep Five: With Ramos¿ marking now an afterthought, Van Persie is on his own as he reaches the edge of the area. But with Blind¿s ball coming in a couple of yards ahead of him he recognises that he needs to improviseStep Six: Iker Casillas comes off his line to help deal with the danger of Van Persie running through, only to realise that the Dutchman is certain to get there firstStep Seven: Van Persie throws himself, head first, at the ball as it comes across him and makes contact that most would struggle to control from 15 yards outStep Nine: Casillas can only watch on as the header drops beneath the crossbar and nestles neatly in the back of his net Holland's Robin van Persie scored the equaliser with a dramatic diving header

Robin van Persie's astonishing diving header against Spain inspired images of the Dutch striker as Superman, Batman and Peter Pan.

Fairytale: Van Persie takes to the skies with Peter Pan, Wendy and friendsCaped crusaders: Robin van Persie mocked up as Batman and Arjen Robben as Robin, naturallyAir head: Holland striker Van Persie is mocked up in the skies above RioWrestlemania: The Holland striker makes a five-star frog splash moveis it a bird, it is a plane? No it's an airborne Van Persie scoring against world champions SpainDaily Mail

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