On Saturday, Chivas Guadalajara topped basement-dwelling Veracruz 3-1 en route to a jump to 10th-placed in the Liga MX table. They had dominated possession in the match, but aside from an Alan Pulido brace, Chivas was struggling to truly put the game to bed.
Then, in the 94th minute, with Veracruz goalkeeper Sebastian Jurado up for a corner, Chivas found its moment. For goalkeeper Antonio Rodriguez, it was the moment of a lifetime.
After collecting the ball after Veracruz’s corner came to nothing, Rodriguez saw the open net on the far side of the pitch. With defenders realizing what was about to happen and sprinting back to cover, the Chivas goalkeeper took aim and punted the ball as far as he could at the open net. The ball dropped just over the head of the last man and bounded into the open net for the 27-year-old’s first professional goal.
“I never imagined making a goal, not even in training,” Rodriguez said after the match. “I don’t know how to react. I don’t know what it is to score a goal. I had never scored a goal in my life!”