Croatian defender Domagoj Vida pulled the rabbit out of the hat for his club Besiktas with an extraordinary finish against BB Erzurumspor in the Turkish Super Lig this weekend.
The strike could almost pass as a world class striker’s attempt at goal, as he found the back of the net to score Besiktas’ third of the night: eventually cruising to a 4-0 win at home. Already two goals up on the night, Besiktas were trying to find further insurance to seal the three points.
As Besiktas were given a corner in the 68th minute, right winger Rachid Ghezzal sent a left footed delivery into the box just waiting to be met by a Besiktas head or foot: and centre back Domagoj Vida popped up at the right place at the right time to flick the ball with his heel past the Erzurum goalkeeper.
The 31 year old Croatian centre back reacted the earliest in his opponent’s penalty area, and tore past the line of defence to slot the ball home with expertise.
The efficient finesse in the strike exemplified some of the clinical aerial finishing ability of the best forwards in the world, as the 2018 FIFA World Cup finalist scored a goal that even the legendary Zlatan Ibrahimovic would be proud of having in his brilliant collection of acrobatic goals.
The win for Besiktas meant that they would go fourth on the points tally with a total of 22 points, while the loss for Erzurum meant that they would continue to occupy an automatic relegation spot right at the bottom of the table.
The goal would certainly be a memorable one for the centre back who does not score too many goals too often: as the quality of the strike alone made up for the lack of quantity.