Atletico Madrid suffered an embarrassing draw at home against Azerbaijani club Qarabag, the second time they failed to beat the Champions League minnows.
But it wasn’t all bad at Wanda Metropolitano on Tuesday.
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24-year-old Ghanan midfielder Thomas scored an incredible goal worth watching over and over and over again.
Qarabag defended well all match despite an onslaught from the home side, who put up 35 shots, 11 of them on target. Their solid defending was on display in this sequence, dispossessing a number of Madrid attackers and keeping them away from the center of the field.
Enter Thomas. He takes a skillful backheel flick from Antoine Griezmann, and when nobody expected him to tee it up from an absurd distance, he does just that. Not only does the shot have astonishing pace, the camera angle behind the midfielder catches the curl on the shot, which is breathtaking.
The shot finishing off the fingertips of Ibrahim Sehic is a fitting end to the strike as it nestles in the top corner agonizingly out of reach. What a hit.
Qarabag can feel unlucky, because there’s no way the defenders should have thought to close him down. The goal is the second of the season for Thomas across all competitions, and his first since he scored in garbage time of a 5-1 obliteration of Las Palmas in late August.
The result is a tough pill to swallow, but it’s hard to stop watching that wonderful strike. Take a bow.