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From Beckham’s playbook: Adam scores from inside own half

April 4, 2015

LONDON (AP) — Stoke midfielder Charlie Adam evoked memories of the most memorable goal of David Beckham’s career by scoring from inside his own half at Chelsea on Saturday.

Adam’s 65-yard (meter) strike soared over Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois just before halftime. It was an equalizer of audacious quality, but Chelsea ended up winning the English Premier League game 2-1 at Stamford Bridge.

“I saw the keeper off his line, had an effort, and it has gone in,” Adam said.

“I always have a look at the goalkeeper because these balls move so much. When you have got that much space and time it is good to do something like that. It was great to get back into the game, but we lost it.”

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho believed it was “probably the best goal of the season.”

“I didn’t enjoy it but it is the goal that every top player in the world would love to score,” Mourinho said. “It is a fantastic goal but we made a mistake.”

Beckham, who retired in 2013, famously lobbed Wimbledon goalkeeper Neil Sullivan from the halfway line on the first day of the 1996-97 season early in his Manchester United career.

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