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Shaqiri closes in on Beckham's long-range mark

18 Sep 2017
Newcastle United 2-1 Stoke City

Each of Stoke City midfielder's last six goals have come from outside box, a streak beaten by only a select few

It seems that Xherdan Shaqiri knows only how to score spectacular goals for Stoke City as his strike against Newcastle United on Saturday took him closer to a record held by David Beckham among others.

Shaqiri's 30-yard effort at St James' Park may not have prevented a 2-1 defeat for Stoke, but it took the Swiss to six consecutive Premier League goals from outside the penalty area.

That total puts him just two behind Beckham, the former Manchester United midfielder, and Blackburn Rovers' Tugay, both famed for their ability to strike from long range.

Beckham's last strike of his eight-goal streak came at the start of the 2000/01 campaign, with Tugay netting the final goal of his run seven years later.

David Beckham, Man Utd
David Beckham jointly holds the record for most goals scored from outside the box in succession

Coincidentally, Shaqiri's run started against Newcastle, in his debut season in 2015/16, with a 20-yard winner.

The next season, his opening day free-kick helped Stoke come from behind to give them a 1-1 draw with Middlesbrough.

Hull City were then on the receiving end of three outstanding goals from Shaqiri as he netted in both fixtures against them last season. 

Chelsea will be the next team in his sights when the champions travel to the bet365 Stadium on Saturday.

Most consecutive goals from outside box

Player Date of last goal Goals
David Beckham 05/09/2000 8
Tugay 20/10/2007
Craig Gardner 02/12/2012  7
Tom Huddlestone 26/03/2014
Jonjo Shelvey 01//02/2015
Ian Harte 22/12/2001 6
Laurent Robert 13/04/2002
David Thompson 24/11/2002 
Xabi Alonso  20/09/2006
Pedro Mendes  10/02/2007 
Sebastian Larsson  05/12/2009 
Christian Eriksen  04/10/2015 
Xherdan Shaqiri  16/09/2017 

See: What we learned from Matchweek 5

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