Hungarian midfielder Mate Kiss' spectacular effort in the Round of 16 of the FIFA U-20 World Cup Egypt 2009 has been voted by FIFA.com users as goal of the tournament. The award will be the icing on the cake for the 18-year-old, whose team was the surprise package at the event, finishing in an excellent third place.
The goal by the Hungarian number four was not only a masterpiece of technique but also came at a crucial time. A mere 15 minutes into their Round of 16 match against Czech Republic on 6 October in the Alexandria Stadium, Kiss picked up the ball in the inside right position. He bore down on the opposition goal and, seeing no other avenues open to him, let fly from 40 yards out.
The cannonball from the Hungarian flew into the top corner past goalkeeper Thomas Vaclik, much to the disbelief of the Czechs, the euphoria of the Hungarians and the delight of the neutral crowd. His breathtaking goal gave Hungary a 1-0 lead and set them on the road to the quarter-finals.
Second place as voted for by FIFA.com users went to Uruguay's Tabare Viudez, who notched an incredible side-on bicycle kick in the South Americans' group match against England. In third place came an inch-perfect long-range effort from Ghana captain Andre Ayew, again in a group match against England, and whose team went on to win the FIFA U-20 World Cup.
Below is a list of the top ten goals and the number of votes that each one received from FIFA.com users.