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They bring joy and sorrow to players, coaches, and entire nations. They can come from a graceful header off a corner kick or a hard bending strike from the pitch. Here is some action and reaction on the more than 120 goals scored during the World Cup competition in Brazil so far.
Greece's Orestis Karnezis watches as the ball goes into the net in a goal scored by Colombia's Pablo Armero.
Brazil's Fernandinho (2nd right) celebrates after scoring the team's fourth goal against Cameroon.
Colombia's goalkeeper David Ospina lies in the goal after Japan's forward Shinji Okazaki (not pictured) scored.
Thomas Mueller of Germany shoots and scores his team's first goal on a penalty kick past Rui Patricio of Portugal.
Yasuyuki Konno of Japan reacts after a goal between Japan and Colombia.
Uruguay's Diego Godin (3) scores his side's first goal during the group D World Cup soccer match between Italy and Uruguay.
Bryan Ruiz of Costa Rica scores past Gianluigi Buffon of Italy.
South Korea scores a goal past Russia's goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev.
Giorgos Samaras of Greece scores his team's second goal on a penalty kick past Boubacar Barry of the Ivory Coast.
France's Karim Benzema scores a goal against Switzerland.
England's Wayne Rooney shoots to score a goal past Uruguay's Fernando Muslera.
England's goalkeeper Joe Hart can't stop Uruguay's Luis Suarez's header to score his side's first goal.
Algeria's Rafik Halliche scores his side's second goal against South Korea.
Brazil's Neymar celebrates after scoring his side's first goal against Cameroon.
Brazilian fans react to their team scoring their 2nd goal against Cameroon.
Portugal's Silvestre Varela heads the ball past United States' goalkeeper Tim Howard to score his side's second goal and tie the game 2-2.
Colombia's midfielder James Rodriguez (bottom right) scores a goal during the Group C football match between Colombia and Ivory Coast.
Mexico's goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa (in blue) fails to save Croatia's first goal, scored by Croatia's midfielder Ivan Perisic.
Bosnia's goalkeeper Asmir Begovic fails to save a goal by Argentina's Lionel Messi.
Ivory Coast's Wilfried Bony (top right) watches as the shot by teammate Gervinho (unseen) goes past Japan's Eiji Kawashima.
Switzerland's Josip Drmic shoots the ball past Ecuador's Alexander Dominguez.
Honduras' goalkeeper Noel Valladares (left) can't stop Ecuador's Enner Valencia shot as he scores his side's first goal.
Colombia's forward Jackson Martinez (left) strikes to score a goal as Japan's goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima defends.
Colombia supporters celebrate after their first goal against Japan.
Marouane Fellaini of Belgium (right) scores his team's first goal on a header past Rais M'Bolhi of Algeria.
Germany's Thomas Mueller (center) scores his third goal past Portugal's goalkeeper Rui Patricio.
Clint Dempsey of the United States, right, scores his side's second goal against Portugal.
Croatia's goalkeeper Stipe Pletikosa reacts after Mexico's Andres Guardado (unseen) scores his team's second goal.
Iran's goalkeeper Alireza Haghighi fails to save a goal by Argentina's Lionel Messi.
Argentina's Lionel Messi celebrates with teammate Argentina's Ezequiel Garay after scoring his side's lone goal in Argentina's 1-0 victory over Iran.