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Video: Luis Suárez’s goal was probably better than Andrea Pirlo’s

Jun 16, 2013, 8:56 PM EDT

I unloaded with both barrels on the goal from the first game – Andrea Pirlo’s Pirloean strike that opened the scoring at the Confederations Cup between Italy and Mexico. That wouldn’t have been so bad if I hadn’t included this line:

And [he does] something almost nobody else could do.

Sorry, Past Richard, but Luis Suárez topped it. Given the final score, this 88th minute goal goal didn’t matter, but when you consider distance and placement, the Uruguayan’s strike is the better of the two.

Suárez’s try was still around 26 yards from the byline, but it was noticeably wider of the keeper’s near post. And although Pirlo’s ball snuck in just under the crossbar, Suárez’s end up in the left side netting.

Which placement is better? I don’t know, but give me enough time, and I can put one under the bar. I’m not sure I can ever curl a ball like that into the side netting.

And given the time Iker Casillas had to react, Suárez’s may have been the only shot that would have scored from that spot. We probably couldn’t say the same for Pirlo, who did have a some space between the left post and where he placed the ball.

At some point, though, this is all angels and pinheads. Both strikes are worthy of the players’ highlight reels. Still, if Suárez’s had happened before Pirlo’s, would there be much of a debate?

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