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Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud, Matic wonder goals up for Puskas award

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud is up for the Puskas award.

Giroud's stunning scorpion kick and Nemanja Matic's FA Cup semi-final thunderbolt are among the nominees for the Fifa Puskas Award.

Juventus' Mario Mandzukic can also be expected to be among the top contenders for his looping volley in the Champions League Final against Real Madrid.

Matic, then a Chelsea player but now at Manchester United, lit up Wembley with a stunning 30-yard strike to secure the Blues a place in the FA Cup Final with a 4-2 win over Tottenham.

Other contenders for the prize include Celtic striker Moussa Dembele, formerly of Fulham, then-Barcelona striker Jordi Mboula and Las Palmas' Kevin-Prince Boateng.

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