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Goal of the day: Pajtim Kasami (Fulham) vs Crystal Palace

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Pajtim Kasami scored the goal of a lifetime to help Fulham come from a goal down to beat Crystal Palace 4-1 at Selhurst Park on Monday.

Fulham player Pajtim Kasami scores his team's first goal against Crystal Palace
Fulham player Pajtim Kasami scores his team's first goal against Crystal Palace

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The hosts were ahead early on, registering just their sixth league goal of the season after six minutes through an Adrian Mariappa header.

But less than 12 minutes later, Kasami restored parity with a contender for goal of the season.

A long ball by Sascha Riether was controlled on the chest by Kasami while on the move on the corner of the area.

And, despite the close attention of Mariappa, the 21-year-old hit a jawdropping volley over Julián Speroni who stood absolutely no chance whatsoever.

Steve Sidwell then struck a brilliant volley of his own to put Fulham ahead at the break, before second-half goals from Dimitar Berbatov and Philippe Senderos made sure of the points.

"That was the best goal I ever scored," Kasami told Fulham's official website.

"I knew that the ball was coming directly onto my chest and all I wanted to do was strike it. I was at quite a tight angle and I knew I had to take it and I'm very happy that it went in."

Meanwhile, Fulham boss Martin Jol believes the wonder-strike is up there with anything the world's best have pulled off, while also claiming it was better than Marco van Basten's famous volley in the Euro 1988 Final.

Jol told Sky Sports: "It was a fantastic Kasami goal, with his wrong foot. It was unbelievable because I haven't seen him do it before.

"I think it's probably better than people feel or think because he had to control the ball on his chest, then with his wrong foot in the other corner. It was a real good goal from a talented boy."

Asked about comparisons with van Basten's goal, he quipped: "It was totally different and you can't compare the two but this one was better!

"With van Basten, that was one touch, but he (Kasami) had to sprint 30 yards, take a touch and then score. It could be one of the goals of the season."


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