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Christmas advent calendar countdown: Xherdan Shaqiri, December 3

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From December 1st until December 25th, one goal will be presented each day. The goals in the calendar have all been scored within the since January 1st this year.

The goals have been picked out by a jury of three people after a thorough review of the football year.

For December 3rd we have decided to take a look at Xherdan Shaqiri's strike against Honduras at the World Cup.

Motivation

Difficulty

It is not often you witness a shot that can match Shaqiri's when it comes to power. It is even less often you see a player doing it without even being turned towards goal.

The way he puts his weight behind the ball in the same motion in which he shoots is sensational, and very difficult. This is athleticism at it's finest.

Resistance

Despite Honduras being a lesser opponent in theory, this goal came early in a World Cup match.

It had great significance for Switzerland's advancement in the tournament, since a draw or a loss most likely would have resulted in elimination on goal difference. Shaqiri certainly turned up when his country needed him to, and in an astonishing way, too.

Watch the goal HERE.

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Criteria

The goals have been examined on the following points...

Difficulty

- Plain and simple. The goals have been rated in regard of the skill displayed.

Resistance

- Resistance includes anything that might have affected the level of the opposition.

If a goal means the difference between win and draw, it has been higher valued than a 7-0 goal scored in the 90th minute. The base quality of the team who conceded has also been taken into account.

In order for it to be in the calendar, a goal has to have been scored in one of the following competitions...

- The FIFA World Cup
- UEFA Champions League
- Barclays Premier League
- FA Cup
- Liga BBVA
- Copa del Rey
- Serie A
- Coppa Italia
- Ligue 1
- Coupe de France
- Bundesliga
- DFB-Pokal

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