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How would you describe Wayne Rooney's spectacular goal last night in English? Here's your chance to find out. 

Wayne Rooney's spectacular goal which gave his Man United team a 2-1 victory over Man City   AFP/Andrew Yates

Just about every football fan here in Thailand is talking about Manchester United's Wayne Rooney who scored a spectacular goal to beat Manchester City last night. How would you describe the goal in English? Watch the video and think about it. Then read the descriptions from three sports journalists below.

The video is getting harder and harder to find, but as of Wednesday morning it was still available at: http://bit.ly/i2AzJd

Video transcript:

"Giggs, back to Berbatov again. Rooney miscalculates. Nani. ROONEY! It defies description.  How about “superb”?  Well, you saw an overhead kick here earlier this season by Dimitar Berbatov which was good enough but this surpasses it. It is absolutely spectacular. It’s one in a million for Wayne Rooney. It’s quite brilliant. Can’t avert (??) that if that is the goal to win a derby that win’s this football match. Never will he strike a better ball and score a better goal than this."

Rooney's goal

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About twelve yards out, level with the left-hand post and with his back to goal, Rooney reacted to a deflected delivery from Nani with an overhead kick into the top right-hand corner of the net. City keeper Joe Hart could only watch as the ball – and his team's title aspirationswhizzed by him.

"I was trying to get in a good position for when Nani crossed it. Nine times out of 10 they go over the crossbar. Today it ended up in the top corner. It is instinct. You don't have time to think about it."  James Martin, ESPN


Wayne Rooney produced a moment that is sure to be replayed all week, launching himself into a horizontal aerial volley and unleashing a lethal – and unsighted – kick in the 78th minute to give his side the win. Courier Mail Australia


The build-up included a lucky touch from Rooney in finding Paul Scholes, who passed to Nani. A slight deflection on the cross sent the ball behind Rooney, who leapt with his back to goal and hit a bicycle kick. Steve Tongue, Independent

spectacular - very exciting to look at; extremely
journalist – a person who writes news stories or articles for a newspaper or magazine or broadcasts them on radio or television ผู้สื่อข่าว

miscalculate – to judge a situation wrongly คำนวณผิด,วินิจฉัยผิด
defy description – to be impossible to describe accurately
superb – of the highest quality ยอดเยีี่ยม
surpass – to do or be better than somebody/something เหนือกว่า, เก่งกว่า, ดีกว่า, เกินกว่า
absolutely – completely โดยสิ้นเชิง, อย่างแน่นอน, อย่างแท้จริง
brilliant – very skilful, impressive, or successful ยอดเยี่ยม
derby – a sports competition between teams from the same area or town การแข่งขันกีฬาของทีมที่มาจากเมืองหรือเขตเดียวกัน

level with – directly in front of; on the same line with
react – to change or behave in a particular way as a result of or in response to something เกิดปฏิกิริยา
deflect – to make something move in a different direction, especially by hitting it เปลี่ยนแปลงทิศทาง
title – the position of a winner in a sports competition  ตำแหน่งแชมป์
aspiration – something that you want to achieve, or the wish to achieve something ความปรารถนา,ความอยาก
whiz – to move at great speed เคลื่อนที่ออกไปอย่างรวดเร็ว
crossbar – a horizontal bar that forms the top of a goal คานประตู
instinct – the way people or animals naturally react or behave (without having to think) สัญชาตญาณ

moment – a very short period of time; a particular, often very special, time or occasion ชั่วขณะ, โอกาสสำคัญ
launch – to send something out into the air or into space ปล่อย
horizontal – flat and level; going across and parallel to the ground rather than going up and down ตามแนวนอน
aerial – in the air; done in the air ซึ่งอยู่ในอากาศ
volley – kicking (or hitting) the ball before it touches the ground  ตีวอล์เลย์
unleash – to release suddenly a strong, uncontrollable and usually destructive force  ปล่อย
lethal – causing or able to cause a lot of harm or damage ร้ายแรง, ร้ายกาจ
unsighted – not able to see what you are aiming at or trying to hit

leapt (past of leap) – made a large or high jump กระโดด
bicycle kick – a kick in which the player turns their body over backwards in the air and kicks the ball in midair (see photo)

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