World Football: The Only Goal You Need to See This Weekend (Video)
We all saw Lionel Messi's free kick (if not, what are you waiting for?). And we can all agree it was brilliant.
Now, here's another outrageously, absurdly, improbably brilliant goal you might not have seen. Don't say it too loudly, but it's even better.
This, in the video above, is Jackson Martinez scoring for Porto against Sporting Lisbon on Sunday. The goal came in the 10th minute, and it turned out to be the winner as Porto defeated Sporting 2-0, and it can only be described as world class.
The ball comes into the box over the Sporting defense as Martinez beats the trap. Martinez then controls the ball with his thigh and, instead of turning to face the goal, knocks it past the keeper with a no-look, outside-of-the-heel shot.
Brilliant. Phenomenal. And, yes, world class.
Here's another accolade: Martinez's goal is the Set Piece Goal of the Weekend. With apologies to Lionel Messi (and Paris Saint-Germain's Zlatan Ibrahimovic), Martinez's goal was unlike anything else we saw in the world of football this weekend—and better, too.
If you're not familiar with Martinez, he is a 26-year-old Colombian international with 14 senior caps. He joined Porto, the defending Portuguese champs, this season and has already scored five league goals in five matches.
James Rodriguez scored Porto's second goal, an 84th-minute penalty. With the win, Porto moved level on points with Benfica atop the table.
With a few more goals like the one Martinez produced Sunday, Porto will be an entertaining team to watch. And if we didn't already know, they'll be a hot bet for yet another title.
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