The 21st century has seen the rise and fall of the Golden Generation of Spanish Football. From Xavi and Iniesta to Silva and Fabregas, the team has never been short of talented world class midfielders.
The last of the above has always been under the shadows of his more illustrated colleagues while playing for the Spanish Armada. But “Cesc” shall forever be immortalised for setting up Andreas Iniesta with the goal that won Spain their first ever FIFA World Cup in 2010.
On his birthday, Sports-nova wishes the Spaniard with a special tribute by providing with a collection of his top 4 goals.
4) Versus Armenia, FIFA World Cup Qualification 2010 at Vazgen Sargsyan Republican Stadium, Yerevan (10/10/2009):
Fabregas made his international debut for Spain in 2006 and has since been an integral part of the national side. The 30-year old has netted 15 times in 130 appearances for La Roja, but none was better than his strike against Armenia during the 2010 World Cup qualifiers.
After a typical Spanish Tiki-Taka build up, Xavi received the ball from Santi Cazorla about 35 yards away from the goal. After a small first touch, he sent the ball into the box over the heads of the defenders, finding the run of Fabregas. The Spanish number 10, with the defender tightly on his shoulder, let the ball drop and hit a delightful chip over the head of the goalkeeper. The goalkeeper, who was slightly off his line, could do nothing but see the ball sail over his head into the far bottom corner.
3) Versus CA Osasuna, Copa Del Rey 2011-12 at Camp Nou, Barcelona (04/01/12):
Fabregas spent 6 years of his youth career at La Masia, the Barcelona youth team, before deporting to Arsenal in 2003. The Spaniard returned to his boyhood club in 2011 and was immediately successful, winning almost every major competition.
During his 3 year stay at the Catalan club, the best of his 28 goals in 96 matches came against Osasuna in the Copa Del Rey pre-quarters. In the first leg in 2011-12, captain Puyol’s pass found Xavi at the centre of the pitch. The passing maestro ran with the ball for a few yards before finding Fabregas with a defence splitting pass. The Barcelona number 4 produced a brilliant first touch to set himself up before leaving goalkeeper Asier Riesgo bamboozled with an outrageous chip. The chip landed directly at the back of the net.
2) Versus West Ham United, Premier League 2015-16 at Stamford Bridge, London (19/03/16):
Fabregas left Barcelona CF again in 2014 when he signed for Arsenal’s city rivals Chelsea FC. Since then he has made 130 appearances so far for the East London club, scoring 15 times. It is a tough task selecting a solitary goal as his best in Chelsea colours, but probably his free kick against West Ham in the 2015-16 season will be the pick of the list.
In a troubled season, Chelsea were trailing 0-1 against their cross-town rivals West Ham United at The Bridge. Deep into the injury time of the first half, The Blues got a free kick from a position many will deem very difficult to get the ball over (the wall) and dip it enough to find the goal. Up stepped Cesc and produced a bit of excellence. He got the ball up and over the 5-man West Ham wall before getting it to dip just enough to find the top left corner beyond a diving Adrian.
1) Versus Tottenham Hotspurs, Premier League 2009-10 at the Emirates Stadium(31/10/09):
Francesc Fabregas (arguably) scored his best career goal in Arsenal colours. During his 8 years at the club he scored that goal in the game that matters the most for Arsenal fans – the North London derby at home.
Arsenal took the lead in the match through Robin Van Persie. Then Fabregas decided to weave some magic of his own. After The Spurs restarted from the kick-off, the Spaniard charged into the Spurs half before lashing onto a loose ball from a dithering Wilson Palacios and started running forward. He went past 3 sliding Tottenham defenders before gliding the ball beyond the reach of goalkeeper Gomes. Even during the time he took the shot away, he had 3 players around him.
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