Watch the wonder goal that has split the internet… but was it a shot or a cross?

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ENGLAND star Beth Mead scored a stunning winner as the Lionesses beat Brazil at the SheBelieves Cup.

But no one can tell if she meant it or if it was a cross that went spectacularly wrong.

Fran Kirby made good ground through the middle before playing the ball out wide to Beth Mead
Fran Kirby made good ground through the middle before playing the ball out wide to Beth Mead
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After taking a touch to get it out of her feet, Mead let fly across goal
After taking a touch to get it out of her feet, Mead let fly across goal
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Brazil goalkeeper Aline Reis had no chance of stopping the ball as it flew into the top corner
Brazil goalkeeper Aline Reis had no chance of stopping the ball as it flew into the top corner
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Some believe Mead did not mean to shoot and was instead looking for Nikita Parris at the back post
Some believe Mead did not mean to shoot and was instead looking for Nikita Parris at the back post
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With the scores level at 1-1 with 15 minutes to go, Fran Kirby drove forward in midfield and played the ball out wide to substitute Beth Mead.

The Arsenal forward took a touch to get it out of her feet on the right-hand side of the box then flashed a powerful strike past Aline Reis and into the top corner to hand victory to Phil Neville’s side.

On first viewing, it simply looks like a great strike but after watching the replay over and over, some people are convinced it was a cross gone wrong.

And with Nikita Parris running in at the back post, a pinpoint ball across goal would have given the Manchester City star a simple tap in.

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Whether she meant it or not, Mead gladly accepted the adulation from her team-mates
Whether she meant it or not, Mead gladly accepted the adulation from her team-mates
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So, did she mean it or was it a fluke?

Well, Mead herself took to social media to say that it was indeed a CROSS.

But she quickly backed that up with a wink emoji to imply she was having a cheeky pop at those calling her stunning goal an accident.

She wrote on Instagram: “WOW WHAT A FEELING….scoring a cross 😉 Great fight & character from the team to come from behind, now we recover prep & go again!”

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WOW WHAT A FEELING….scoring a cross 😉 Great fight & character from the team to come from behind, now we recover prep & go again! #SheBelieves 🦁

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But while Lionesses – who are next in action against hosts USA on Saturday – tweeted the goal with the caption “WOOOOOW,” Twitter was split.

Plenty replied simply saying: “Cross.”

But others were quick to back the former Sunderland star.

Emeka Kanu said: “Disagree. The way her feet left the ground. Think she meant that.”

It's fair to say Twitter users are going to have to agree to disagree over the goal
It’s fair to say Twitter users are going to have to agree to disagree over the goal

Another added: “We have seen @bmeado9 do this on a few occasions at Arsenal women’s games and believe me that was never a cross she meant that.”

Lots of replies said “what a goal” and “definitely a shot” but @Kaoskev1 was not having it and wrote: “1. It’s a cross. 2. Terrible goal keeping. 3. Well done England! Get in.”

Keith Alexander was spot on, though, when he added: “If Ronaldo or Messi did that it would be on the news for months… Awesome strike.”

Either way… what a goal!

The replies went on and on with the majority suggesting it was deliberate and therefore congratulating Mead
The replies went on and on with the majority suggesting it was deliberate and therefore congratulating Mead



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