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

Justin Ong
Fit to Post Sports

By World of Sport (original post from Yahoo! Eurosport can be found here)

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.