To acknowledge the surprise guest signing of Lisa De Vanna for Canberra United, let’s go back and enjoy her top three strikes over the years.

With over a century of caps for the Matildas and an impressive list of clubs employing her services, one doesn’t have to look very hard.

3) Bicycle kick for Sky Blue FC (2013)

If not the best then this is certainly the most spectacular of De Vanna’s goals throughout the years. Finding space in the middle of the box, the Australian opts for an elaborate bicycle kick finish and boy does it pay off. Textbook technique combined with a perfect placement that Zlatan would be proud of.

2) World Beater for the Matildas vs. USA (World Cup 2015)

The scene is set, Australia have gone from strength to strength and are desperate to make a lasting impression at the World Cup in Canada. Up against eventual winners the U.S. first up, they needed to start well. Such games are made for the likes of Lisa de Vanna and once again she stepped up when her nation needed her. Drifting into the box unmarked, De Vanna patiently waits for Michelle Heyman to control the ball before turning and sliding it into her path. The finish is ruthless as she buries it into the bottom right-hand corner. The Matildas went on to lose the match but the goal’s significance was not lost on the many Australians who have followed the womens’ game here. These are the goals that inspire the next generation to place a ball at their feet and start dreaming.

 

1) Amazing solo run for the Matildas vs. USA (2012)

Also coming against the U.S. albeit in a friendly match, De Vanna enhanced her credentials as one of the best strikers in the world with a breathtaking individual goal. Receiving the ball just on halfway she turns and proceeds to run up the sideline, leaving her opponent for dead. The U.S. defence never recovers and De Vanna sets her sights on goal before a curling finish leaves the ‘keeper with no chance. One look at this effort and it’s easy to see where Gareth Bale got his inspiration from.

 

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