Liverpool remarkably completed 51 passes prior to their first goal in the Capital One Cup victory over Bournemouth on Wednesday evening, with the move finally coming to an end when Raheem Sterling headed home after being set up by Jordan Henderson. (graphic via Mail Online).
It is far from the only goal of its type we’ve ever seen though, and here are just five examples of when teamwork made the dream work:
Esteban Cambiasso, Argentina v Serbia & Montenegro – 2006 World Cup
In perhaps the famous example of this type of goal, Argentina carved open Serbia & Montenegro on the way to a 6-0 victory in Gelsenkirchen at the 2006 World Cup.
Cambiasso – now of Leicester City – provided the final touch following a flick from Hernan Crespo, the final one of 26 consecutive passes which led to the goal.
Paul Scholes, Manchester United v Panathinaikos – Champions League
Nicky Butt does his best to ruin this move in the middle of it, but Manchester United’s patience is eventually rewarded thanks to a stunning chip from Paul Scholes in this Champions League clash against Panathinaikos at Old Trafford.
David Beckham and Teddy Sheringham are involved before Scholes brilliantly finishes off a fantastic team move.
Jack Wilshere, Arsenal v Norwich – Premier League
This goal isn’t really about the volume of passes, but more the speed and accuracy of them.
Santi Cazorla, Olivier Giroud and Jack Wilshere are all heavily involved, before the latter provides the finishing touch to Giroud’s flick to score this stunning goal in Arsenal’s 4-1 win over Norwich City in October 2013.
Marc Overmars, Liverpool v Barcelona – Champions League
Robbie Fowler famously asked Frank De Boer for ‘a loan of your ball please’ as Barcelona dominated against Liverpool in a Champions League fixture at Anfield in 2001, when a stunning Barca team move ended in Marc Overmars rounding Jerzy Dudek to score at the Kop end.
The strike put the visitors 3-1 up, but instead of expressing anger or disgust, the whole of Anfield stood and applauded the Catalan giants, who were putting on an exhibition.
Nacer Chadli, Tottenham v QPR – Premier League
In Mauricio Pochettino’s first home game in charge of Tottenham, his side demonstrated just how the Argentinean boss wants them to play with this fantastic 48-pass move on the way to their third goal in a 4-0 win over QPR four months ago.
Every member of the Tottenham XI was involved in the goal, which was scored when an unmarked Nacer Chadli rose to head home an Erik Lamela cross.