‘That’s the goal of the tournament!’: Twitter erupts after Luis Chavez’s 30-yard free-kick puts Mexico 2-0 up against Saudi Arabia with fans claiming ‘there’s no topping’ it… but it’s not enough to send them through
Football fans on Twitter heralded Luis Chavez’s stunning free-kick for Mexico as the ‘goal of the tournament’.
Chavez – who plies his trade at Pachuca in his home nation – fired his side into a 2-0 lead with an astonishing curling effort into the top-right corner of the Saudi Arabian goal.
It was a sensational strike at a time when Mexico needed goals to finish above Poland in Group C at the World Cup.
Luis Chavez’s 51st minute strike has already been hailed as the goal of the tournament
Unfortunately for Chavez, the goal wasn’t enough as Mexico’s 2-1 victory was not enough to finish ahead of Poland on goal difference – despite fans being sent into a frenzy over his goal.
One fan wrote: ‘Goal of the tournament settled.’
Another predicted a bright future for the Mexican, adding: ‘After that goal, he’ll be in Europe. Goal of the tournament so far.’
A third believed it would be unlikely for anyone to go one better than Chavez over the rest of the competition, writing: ‘Mexico has just produced the goal of the tournament there is no topping this banger!’
Chavez’s strike came from some 30 yards and his left-footed strike flew into the top corner
And a fourth compared it to Marcus Rashford’s free-kick for England on Tuesday night, saying: ‘Rashford last night…Chavez tonight. Richarlison has competition for ‘Goal of the Tournament”
And one viewer was clearly excited by the stunner, claiming: ‘Oh my god that’s the goal of the tournament!!!!’
The 26-year-old netted just his second goal in 12 caps for Mexico, and was mobbed by his team-mates both on and off the pitch following the screamer.
The 26-year-old’s goal was met by a swarm of his jubilant team-mates to celebrate with him
Richarlison’s second goal against Serbia is another contender for the goal of the tournament
Chavez currently faces a tough battle with Tottenham’s Brazilian forward Richarlison for the goal of the tournament award.
Richarlison controlled a fierce Vinicius Jnr cross with his right foot, before turning and jumping before unleashing a left-footed overhead volley to put his side 2-0 up against Serbia.
Mexico still needed another goal in the game after Chavez’s free-kick as they were level with Poland on goal difference.
They needed one more goal to go through with Argentina 2-0 up against Poland in the other game.
However, they couldn’t find one and Saudi Arabia instead pulled one back, meaning Mexico could only win 2-1.
Mexico have now failed to reach the knockout stages for the first time since 1978 at a World Cup that they have qualified for.
Henry Martin got Mexico 1-0 up in the 47th minute with El Tri needing a comprehensive victory
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