Five of the best: Own half goals

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Mor Diouf has seen his star rise dramatically over the past few days, and rightly so, after the Senegalese defender scored a quite breathtaking goal from all of 70-yards to secure a victory for his side SuperSport United.

SuperSport were heading for a goalless draw with Mamelodi Sundowns as the game edged towards stoppage time, but Diouf seized his opportunity to grab the headlines by thundering a strike well over half the length of the field and into the net

Diouf's goal could fairly be considered among the purest of strikes ever seen on a football field, and raises the bar for players audacious enough to have a crack from deep inside their own half of the pitch.

After the 24-year-old's wonderful match-winner, GMF takes a look at some other brilliant hits from behind the half-way line…

David Beckham

Wimbledon v Manchester United- August 17, 1996

Undoubtedly the most iconic goal from long range in the history of the Premier League, David Beckham's strike for Manchester United against Wimbledon announced the youngster as the rising star of English football.

The 21-year-old Beckham had been handed Mark Hughes' No.10 shirt for the start of the 1996-97 season, and responded in quite breathtaking fashion on the opening day of the campaign.

Beckham has gained a reputation for the spectacular since this goal, but none have bettered - or will better - his effort against the Crazy Gang.

Adil Rami

Valencia v Llagostera - November 28, 2012

France international Adil Rami has been linked with transfers to both Arsenal and Manchester United, but the apparent interest of the Premier League duo comes more from his skills as a centre-back rather than his ability to net from distance.

Rami, though, has a right-foot like a traction engine, as the Valencia defender proved in the 3-1 Copa del Rey defeat of Llagostera last November.

The 27-year-old's effort was a fine example of pure pace and power, as he arrowed the ball into the top corner…even if the goalkeeper did manage to get his hand on it.

Paul Robinson

Tottenham v Watford - May 17, 2007

When a goalkeeper is beaten from an almighty distance, the gloveman in question can count on the support of fellow players in his position, who know any of them could next end up with egg on their respective faces.

Paul Robinson, however, did little for his reputation in the fraternity of goalkeepers when he made one of his own kind look incredibly foolish as Tottenham took on Watford at White Hart Lane almost six years ago.

Hoofing the ball forward, Robinson manages to beat opposite number Ben Foster with some hefty bounce to register the second goal of his career.

Inigo Martinez

Real Betis v Real Sociedad - November 27, 2011

Being remembered for the ability to score goals from your own half is quite an art indeed, but Inigo Martinez has managed just that in less than two years as a professional player.

The 21-year-old Spain under-21 international managed two efforts from his inside his own half last season, one of which was a last gasp winner against Real Betis.

Both goals were things of beauty, but the strike against Betis edges it given its importance - plus it also crashed in off the crossbar.

Jone Samuelsen

Odd Grenland v Tromso - April 25, 2011

For those punier of leg than toned football professionals, striking a ball over half the length of a pitch can be quite a difficult task. But, if you think that is tricky, then try doing the same but with your head.

Jone Samuelsen of Odd Greenland did just that in 2011, with a neck busting header flying into an empty net after the Tromso 'keeper had been caught short after a corner.

Ok, so perhaps the ball does trickle rather than fly into the goal but, come on, he headed it from his own half!

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