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Rafa wins GOTM

Rafael van der Vaart's second goal at Villa on Boxing Day has been named Match of the Day's Goal Of The Month for December.

Rafael van der Vaart's second goal at Villa on Boxing Day has been named Match of the Day's Goal Of The Month for December.

The decision was revealed in Saturday's show on BBC1.

It was a classic breakway goal. Gareth Bale led the charge forward in the 67th minute with us 1-0 up but down to 10 men at Villa Park.

He sprinted fully 70 yards before squaring to Aaron Lennon and he rolled back for Rafa to sweetly strike first-time across Brad Friedel and into the far corner. It was Rafa's second goal of the game as we ran out 2-1 winners.

It's our second GOTM this season on Match of the Day after Gareth's spectacular volley at Stoke took first place in August.