Sofiane Boufal, take a bow.
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Southampton’s club-record signing has had to hang around at St Mary’s for two long months while he recovered from injury.
But, on his home debut, the Moroccan international wasted no time in opening his account for Saints in stunning fashion.
Boufal arrived in August for $19.5 million from French side Lille but was nursing a knee injury from the end of last season. He had appeared off the bench against Inter Milan and Manchester City over the past week but on Wednesday he made his first start for the club and his first appearance at St Mary’s.
He didn’t disappoint.
In the 66th minute of a largely unforgettable game, Boufal scored the game-winner as Southampton beat Sunderland 1-0 to move onto the EFL Cup quarterfinals where they’ll face Arsenal.
The 23-year-old took a mesmerizing first touch out of the air, then jinxed inside and sent an unstoppable shot into the far top corner.
I was at St Mary’s last night and was right behind this strike. It has to be one of the best goals I’ve ever seen live.
See it for yourself, below.
First the touch…
Then the finish…
And why not have another look from another angle…