Giroud’s scorpion kick makes Puskas cut


Olivier Giroud’s remarkable New Year’s Day ‘scorpion kick’ goal against Crystal Palace is still in the running to win the coveted FIFA Puskas award – awarded to the best strike of 2017 – after surviving a first-round vote.

The Frenchman’s effort is now into a second round of voting alongside goals by Venezuela’s Deyna Castellanos and South African Oscarine Masuluke.

Castellanos scored a winner from the halfway line for Venezuela’s under-17 side at the Women’s World Cup just seconds after her side had conceded an equaliser in stoppage time.

Masuluke, a goalkeeper, also won plaudits for a stoppage-time effort, this time for an overhead kick for Baroka against Orlando Pirates.

Every fan has a new vote in this second round, with the total of both votes added together to decide the winner. Voting will conclude on Monday 23 October, the day of The Best FIFA Football Awards ceremony in London.

You can vote for Giroud’s strike, here.

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