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Classic Goal: Tevez's super free-kick showed genius West Ham would love right now

West Ham will be looking to bounce back from their 1-0 defeat against Brighton last time out this Saturday.

There will be no need for any added motivation, anyway, as Tottenham are the visitors to the London Stadium this weekend.

The London derby has produced many fine moments down the years and we’ve picked out a Carlos Tevez classic from back in 2007 to relive here…

The Background

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The joint arrival of Argentina internationals Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano was dubious at best, and ultimately hadn’t provided much reward up to this point.

Tevez hadn’t set the world alight and Mascherano had already moved on by March 2007, joining Liverpool. But Alan Curbishley threw the striker into first-team action, knowing he had the ability to drag West Ham out of trouble.

Tevez was the shining talent in a generally workmanlike team that had endured a very difficult season, and this was the afternoon when he really entered the hearts of West Ham fans.

The Goal

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Mark Noble had already put West Ham in the lead before Michael Dawson fouled Tevez, around 20 yards out.

What happened next was pure genius. The free kick was almost too close to goal; with little distance in which to get the ball up over the wall and down into the net.

That’s exactly what Tevez managed. Showing an incredibly deft touch, he caressed the ball to Paul Robinson’s right, giving the England goalkeeper no chance as his shot went in off the bar.

Perhaps even more iconic was the celebration. Tevez ripped off his shirt and flew into the crowd, showing that trademark passion.

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