World of Sport

Ultimate goal from kick-off… but was it better than Van Persie’s volley?

World of Sport

The world of football was buzzing on Monday after Robin van Persie's wonder-strike helped propel Manchester United to their 814th Premier League title - a fitting tribute to Alex Fergsuon's 1,112th season in charge of the Red Devils.

But the day before, on the other side of Europe, a goal every bit as extraordinary was being scored by a Brazilian star.

Ukrainian top flight side Metalist Kharkiv are in pole position to claim a Champions League spot next season, but with Dynamo Kiev breathing down their necks in the run-in they know that every goal counts.

So when they went 1-0 down against Chornomorets in the 26th minute of their clash on Sunday night, it could easily have been panic stations for the team.

Thanks to the amazing quick-thinking of striker Cleiton Xavier, however, Chornomorets' lead lasted all of about 30 seconds. As the players gathered for kick-off, Xavier spotted the opposing goalkeeper Dmitriy Bezotosnyi off his line - and immediately called for his team-mates to leave the kick-off for him.

They duly stepped aside, leaving the 30-year-old Brazilian to launch a perfect long-range effort over Bezotosnyi's head, under the bar and into the net for the ultimate quick equaliser.

The goal galvanised Metalist's efforts, and they went on to win the match 3-1 - with Xavier scoring a second goal in what turned into a comfortable win.

After the match there was only one talking point, however: Xavier's surefire contender for best goal of the weekend anywhere in Europe. That was until Van Persie's effort on Monday, at any rate... Take a look and see which you think is better.

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