It’s not every day that a second-division side gets to face a Liga MX club in a competitive match. Diego Esqueda made the most of his opportunity, in spectacular fashion.
Esqueda latched on to a cross in the box that was slightly behind him, flicked the ball up in the air, and the unleashed a perfectly-aimed chilena over his left shoulder to give his side, Tampico Madero, a 1-0 lead at the time over Pumas UNAM in Copa MX action Tuesday evening.
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You’ve gotta love both the goal and Esqueda’s nonplussed celebration, as if he’s done that a million times before.
For Esqueda, a 29-year-old midfielder who’s spent nearly his entire career in Ascenso MX, it’s a moment he won’t ever forget. Alas, his side couldn’t hold onto the league. In the first match of the Apertura Copa MX, Tampico tied Pumas, 1-1.
Bordeaux has a starlet on its hands.
Twenty-year-old forward Malcolm scored an absolute beauty of a strike during Bordeaux’s match on Friday against Dijon, dribbling inside from the right before unleashing a stunning left-footed blast that fizzed into the roof of the net, past the poor Dijon goalkeeper who clearly wasn’t expecting a shot from 40 yards out.
The goal gave Bordeaux at the time a 2-1 lead and cause the team’s social media operator to temporarily lose their minds, before some stunning poetry to try and describe what they just saw.
The first tweet needs no translation. But the second says “35-meters from (Dijon goalkeeper Baptiste) Reynet, Malcolm saw a spider in the sky and decided to remove it. Nothing to say.”
I couldn’t have said it better myself. Have a look at the goal below. It’s Malcolm’s seventh of the Ligue 1 season through 17 matches.
Argentine midfielder Fernando Belluschi is well-traveled, and he’s picked up some tricks along the way.
Now in his first season with storied Argentine club San Lorenzo, the 33-year-old midfielder darted onto a long cross and scored with an extremely classy first touch.
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It’s difficult to even describe the goal, and the video doesn’t provide a close-up look to prove we saw what we think we just saw.
Belluschi either finds incredible power with the outside of his right foot, which seems likely, or he sweeps his left foot behind his body to bury the shot.
Either way, it’s a beautiful sight.