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PAVARD BEATS MUSA TO WORLD CUP BEST GOAL

PAVARD BEATS MUSA TO WORLD CUP BEST GOAL

France’s Benjamin Pavard has beaten Ahmed Musa to the World Cup goal of the tournament.

Pavard’s outrageous volley propelled eventual champions France to a 4-3 defeat of Argentina in the second round.

The Stuttgart utility defender amassed the most points in an online voting.

Describing the goal, Pavard had told FIFA.com, “The ball bounced up as it came to me. I didn’t even think about it. I just tried to get over it and keep it down. I was trying to hit in the direction it came from, which is what the strikers always tell me”.

Pavard beat Colombian Juan Quientero’s low free-kick and Croatian Luka Modric’s effort against Argentina to second and third place respectively.

Musa’s second goal against Iceland had been nominated for the award.

The goal of the tournament was created in 2006. Argentina’s Maxi Rodriguez, Uruguay’s Diego Forlan and James Rodriguez of Colombia were the previous winners.

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