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James Rodriguez wins Puskas award

James Rodriguez wins Puskas award

Posted by Juan Gavasa on January 12, 2015

Netherlands striker Robin van Persie was third for his diving header against Spain in the World Cup.

Roche, who scored a stunner for Peamount against Wexford in the Irish top flight, had hoped to be the first female winner of the Puskas Award.

But she only landed 33% of the public vote to Rodriguez's 42%.

Rodriguez's control and volley from 25 yards in the last-16 tie was enough to win the award. The 23-year-old, then at Monaco, was the top scorer in the World Cup and joined Real Madrid after the tournament.

Roche's spectacular effort in the Bus Eireann Women's National League was in front of an estimated 95 people on 13 October 2013.

She received the ball with her back to goal, took a touch on her right foot, flicked the ball over a defender's head with her left foot and then swivelled and volleyed home from outside the box.

 

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