June 17, 2014 10:57 am
Updated: June 18, 2014 7:41 pm

‘Persieing’ is the new planking: World Cup goal sparks social media craze


WATCH: Fans around the world have tried to recreate Robin van Persie’s flying goal. Christina Stevens reports.

TORONTO – They call him the flying Dutchman.

Netherlands striker Robin van Persie’s airborne headed equalizer against Spain during Friday’s World Cup match has gone viral.

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Van Persie flung himself at a long pass and headed the ball over Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas, arms stretched out at either side. The impressive goal leveled the score 1-1, and the Netherlands went on to win 5-1 in one of the shocks of the tournament so far.

The maneuver has sparked an online craze dubbed “Persieing” – a fancier version of planking.

Fans from all sides of the pitch have taken to social media to pay homage to the flying Dutchman.

GALLERY: Best  #Persieing tweets

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