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Shearer's Top 5 goals: To beat Schmeichel meant a lot

7 Sep 2018
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Premier League Champion's second of five favourite PL goals is his superb volley for Newcastle v Aston Villa

Alan Shearer is picking his five favourite goals from the record 260 he scored in the Premier League.

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The second goal he selects stands out for Shearer because it beat one of the competition's best goalkeepers, in Aston Villa's Peter Schmeichel.

Also it required great skill for the Newcastle United striker to hit the ball on the volley into the far top corner from such an acute angle.

"It was the only option I had," Shearer says in the video above. "The reason I can say it wasn’t a cross is that there isn’t anyone in the box.

"I had one spot to hit, it was that top corner and rather than hit it with the front of the foot it was with the instep, and so I managed to get the power behind it.

"Have a look at Peter Schmeichel’s face, when he realises he’s beaten and he turns around with his hands on his hips, it meant so much."

Also in this series

Part 1: Shearer's Top 5 goals: My chip had some finesse
Part 3: Shearer's Top 5 goals: 'I have never hit a shot so sweet'
Part 4: Shearer's Top 5 goals: I knew I still had the power
Part 5: Shearer's Top 5 goals: Even my dad praised me

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