Dutchman out-lobs Rooney with wonder goal from own half in A League

Former Dutch international Orlando Engelaar scored his own tribute to David Beckham on Sunday, netting from his own half for Melbourne Heart.

Giant central midfielder Orlando Engelaar, now plying his trade in Australia's A League after spells at FC Twente, Schalke and PSV, showed he may have down under a little too early, after scoring a quite outrageous goal for new club Melbourne Heart.

The Dutchman won 14 caps for his country, narrowly missing out on selection for the 2010 World Cup, but moved to Australia after his PSV contract expired in the summer.

Coming just days after Wayne Rooney's own spectacular long range effort against West Ham ignited a debate over which was more impressive out of Rooney's and David Beckham's famous strike against Wimbledon, Engelaar may feel that his effort tops them both.

With the ball coming to the Dutchman deep in his own half, he carried it forward a few metres, and seeing the opposition goalkeeper off his line and nothing else on launched a mammoth effort at goal from well within his own half. 

Like Beckham's goal, the ball flew straight and true, dipping just beneath the crossbar and beyond the desperate hands of Central Coast 'keeper Liam Reddy.

Unlike the Rooney and Beckham goals, it wasn't enough for Engelaar's side. Despite being at home, Heart succumbed to an equaliser just before half time and a winner towards the end of the match.

Which makes Engelaar's strike almost certainly the greatest consolation goal of all time.

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