Earlier this week we were told that Germany is the tackling capital of European football.
Maybe so, but on Wednesday night, it was also the site of a lovely volleyed goal by Juan Arango.
Arango is a 32-year-old attacking midfielder who played with several clubs in the Americas before landing with Mallorca in 2004 and then Borussia Monchengladbach in 2009. On Wednesday, he scored the first goal as Gladbach won 2-0 at home to VfL Wolfsburg in the Bundesliga.
But that doesn't do justice to Arango's goal. It would be more accurate to say Arango painted a lovely, volleyed piece of art on a tapestry of green grass.
Sound too grandiose for you? Check out the video and you might change your mind.
The clip appears above. It's our Set Piece Video of the Day for this Thursday. Enjoy.
As you can see, Arango positions himself under a long ball as it flutters into the left-hand side (from Gladbach's attacking perspective) of the box. With one smooth motion, he controls the ball and blasts it into the goal at the far post, leaving the keeper with absolutely no chance.
Then, he heads to the touchline and receives a celebratory shoe-shine from teammate Igor de Camargo. Do those Venezuelans know how to celebrate or what?
(h/t 101 Great Goals)