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Mexican side’s breathtaking ‘keepie-uppy’ goal leaves US champions looking silly

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Mexican football is often unfairly neglected overseas, but there's a vast amount of talent on display in the country - and never was it more obvious than in the last week.

Three Major League Soccer sides were booted out of the CONCAF Champions League this week by sides from south of the border.

But while LA Galaxy were left to rue their luck after a 4-3 defeat at the hands of Tijuana, and the San Jose Earthquakes were unlucky to lose a tightly-contested penalty shootout to Toluca, the biggest humbling of the lot came for Sporting Kansas City, the reigning MLS Cup champions.

Sporting KC went in to the second leg of their clash with a 1-0 lead over Mexican Cup champions Cruz Azul, but were demolished 5-1 in the second leg - and the pick of those five goals left the US side looking utterly ridiculous.

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Cruz Azul players celebrate a memorable goal

The glorious team move - which you can see on this page in both video and animated GIF format - saw the ball pinged back and forth seven times by the Mexican stars, touching the turf just twice before being smashed into the back of the net on the half-volley by Christian Gimenez.

The magical strike in the 70th minute was the last goal of the match, and probably the best keepie-uppy strike since the wondrous effort from Ayanda Patosi of Loren in the Belgian top flight a couple of years ago.

It's obviously invidious to try and decide which of the two goals is better - but that won't stop Early Doors from doing so.

And while it's a marginal call, and Patosi's strike was marvellous, but on balance ED will go for Cruz Azul: they way they sliced open the Kansas defence puts it one up in ED's entirely imaginary yet potentially forthcoming book, The Big Book of Mega Good Goals That We've Seen On The Internet.

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