We have all loved the Hail Mary. The all-or-nothing pass, that is slung from the back foot and lands in the path of the second most switched-on guy on the field. It is beautiful when it comes off.
Look at this long-range pass that drifts on to the head of Senegal’s Papiss Demba Cisse. Not only is the lob inch perfect, but it is directed with impeccable accuracy, resulting in an outrageous goal.
Cisse is a striker for Newcastle United in the English Premier League and he is no stranger to a goal. He enthralled crowds with his free scoring feats last term and he scored, arguably, the goal of the season with a curling, outside-of-the-boot shot from well outside the box against Chelsea.
This thundering header shows that he is incredibly skillful as well as athletic. More so than this, though, it was significant.
This was one goal in a heavyweight clash from the African section of World Cup qualifiers. Cote D’Ivoire defeated Senegal 4-2 in this game. African international football is rarely turgid, and this game, which also featured a late goal from talismanic poacher Didier Drogba, proved that.
The Lions of Teranga and the Elephants, as they are colloquially known, will meet again in Dakar on October 10. The forecast calls for goals. With Papiss Cisse, Demba Ba, Drogba, Yaya Toure and Gervinho potentially running up front for the sides, keep your eyes peeled for that result.