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Jonjo Shelvey beats Brad Guzan with impressive 40-yard volleyed goal

Jonjo Shelvey Jonjo Shelvey celebrates a special goal in his own special way. (Scott Heavey/Getty Images)

Saturday, April 26 2014 was not a great day for American goalkeepers playing abroad. Tim Howard's Everton got the day started with a 2-0 loss taht dented the club's hopes of a Champions League berth, and Aston Villa's Brad Guzan was on the receiving end of a sublime strike from Swansea City's Jonjo Shelvey.

The goal really started with a poor clearance by Ron Vlaar, but considerable credit has to go to Shelvey. The Welshman chested the ball down intelligently, then uncorked a strike so curvaceous it's actually somewhat understandable that Guzan never really gauged it properly.

Here's video of the goal:

Though to really appreciate it, this angle is necessary viewing:

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Not bad, Jonjo. Not bad at all. Swansea went on to win 4-1, a loss that inches Aston Villa perilously close to the relegation zone.

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