On Monday, Benfica B goalkeeper Samuel Soares scored a once-in-a-lifetime goal from beyond his own area.
The shot-stopper found his team behind Trofense 1-0 in Segunda Liga, Portugal’s second flight. But in the 65th minute, he took matters into his own hands by controlling the ball deep beyond his area and punting it forward.
Soares’ hit was so powerful that it sailed over the opposing goalie, impacted the underside of the crossbar, and went in with the velocity of a ballistic missile.
He celebrated by charging towards the centre-circle, waving on his teammates and running back to his goal as disbelief gripped the entire stadium. And his equalizing goal even helped spark a stunning comeback as Benfica went on to win 2-1.
Explaining his worldy strike after the game, Soares said: “I saw that their goalkeeper was one step ahead and, having the wind in favour, I decided to take a risk. It went well, it is something that will remain etched in the memory of many ”.
Fans on social media were certainly in agreement, with many having witnessed goalkeepers score before but none as incredible as Soares’ thunderbolt.
One bewildered fan tweeted: “Lord have mercy, he launched that,” while another pointed out: “Wow he literally was trying to score and did. Amazing power and accuracy.”
A third ecstatic Twitter user added: “Puskas award worthy,” and a fourth pleaded: “What did I just watch.”
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