VIDEO: Wind-Blown Goal Sweeps Goalkeeper into Record Books
(LONDON) — The 90-yard goal American goalkeeper Tim Howard scored Wednesday night in an English Premier League soccer game put him in the record books, but just how the ball landed in the net is what’s getting all the attention.
Howard’s assistance in making the goal, his first in a professional soccer game, came not from his fellow Everton players, but from the wind.
Video of the game shows the moment Howard’s improbable goal began, with a right-footed kick about five yards inside his own penalty area, followed by an enormous bounce about 30 yards from the goal of the opposing team, Bolton.
The wind then blows the ball high and wide over the outstretched hands of leaping Bolton goalkeeper Adam Bogdan and lands with a swish in the net.
With the goal, Howard joined the record books in becoming only the fourth goalkeeper to score in English Premier League history.
Despite Howard’s goal, and the wind, his team went on to lose the match to Bolton, 2-1.
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