Didier Drogba – Everton vs. CHELSEA (December 2006)

Didier Drogba had already scored a special goal against one Merseyside team in the 2006-2007 season and Everton were about to discover how Liverpool FC felt when the Ivorian produced one of his specials against them, this time from distance.

Everton had Chelsea in real trouble in this game and led twice but had been pegged back by excellent goals from visiting midfielders Michael Ballack and Frank Lampard. This goal from Drogba though outdid everything on this December afternoon. From a punt down the pitch by reserve goalkeeper Hilario, Andriy Shevchenko won his aerial challenge and the Everton defenders stood off Drogba, inviting him to shoot.

From some way out, that is exactly what the forward did. It was an outrageous but sensational strike that beat Tim Howard comprehensively, before Drogba went and did a knee-slide on the Goodison Park turf. Chelsea won the game 3-2 but it had to take something really special to separate the sides.

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