The Only Goal You Need to See This Weekend (Video)

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For a first professional goal, a footballer could hardly do any better. 

Rayo Vallecano fell to Real Valladolid on Sunday, losing 2-1 at home in Spain's Primera Division. The loss hurts Rayo's hopes of qualifying for next season's UEFA Europa League, but on the bright side, central defender Jordi Amat scored a lovely debut goal.

First, though, he was involved in a goal at his own end.

Valladolid took the lead in the 71st minute when Rayo keeper Ruben misjudged a free kick and the ball bounced off Amat's head into the net. Seconds after the restart, Amat made up for it with a long, long, long-distance goal.

As Rayo passed the ball around the midfield, Amat collected the ball just to the left of the center circle, looked up at the goal and decided to take a shot. With Valladolid keeper Daniel Hernandez off his line, the ball sailed all the way from the middle of the field and into the net.

The goal evened up the score at 1-1 briefly before Valladolid's Manucho scored the 80th-minute winner.

But the 20-year-old Amat will be pleased with his contribution, and for more than one reason: The goal was his first as a professional footballer (per ESPN FC).

For its combination of cheekiness, spectacle and personal importance, Amat's goal serves as our Set Piece Goal of the Weekend. Video of the goal appears in the clip above. Enjoy.

This competition was fierce this week, as always. In England, the Premier League played host to golazo after golazo. On Saturday, Dimitar Berbatov and Rafael had their turns. Then, on Sunday, Papiss Cisse might have outdone both of them.

In Portugal, Estoril Praia's Jefferson demonstrated how to score from a short corner. And in Italy, AS Roma's Miralem Pjanic scoffed in the face of a driving snowstorm with a sweet free kick.

(h/t 101 Great Goals)

 

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