In a weekend littered with spectacular strikes in the English Premier League, the best was suitably saved until last.
Fulham‘s Swiss international midfielder Pajtim Kasami was responsible for the eye-catching feat during his side’s 4-1 victory over Crystal Palace on the EPL’s edition of Monday Night Football. The visitors trailed 1-0 following an early Adrian Mariappa header before Kasami took center stage with a strike that quickly went viral around the world via the wonders of social media.
Kasami appeared to be going nowhere — something the Palace defenders seemed to concur with given their loose marking — as he headed down the right flank in search of a long ball played from the back. Kasami stunned the 24,000-plus in attendance as he collected the ball out of the air and unleashed a sweet volley into the back of the net from a seemingly impossible angle.
The goal has since drawn comparisons to the famous Marco Van Basten goal scored for Holland in the 1988 European Championships; it’s easy to see where they are coming from.
It was the context of the goal that makes it all the more impressive. Rarely do you see such a spectacular effort when your team is behind; it is one of those instances that, had it sailed into the stands, Kasami would have been hounded for by his fans and management. Naturally, Kasami was delighted with the goal and the subsequent man-of-the-match award that followed.
— Pajtim Kasami (@PajtimKasami) October 21, 2013
The stunning equalizer kick-started the Fulham comeback en route to an away victory that was much-needed and long overdue. Fulham were ranked last in the Premier League for picking up points after going behind in a game, so the signs were ominous. Kasami had set the standard high for the evening and Steve Sidwell did his best to match up, adding a sensational strike from similar distance not long after to give Fulham the lead on the night; they never looked back.
In a London derby in which both sides were desperate for the points, Fulham have earned their manager a reprieve under the watchful eyes of new owner and Jacksonville Jaguars chief, Shahid Khan. The away side have put some distance between themselves and the relegation zone while Ian Holloway‘s newly-promoted Palace are struggling to adjust to life in the big time.
Palace are marooned down in 19th position with just three points and have lost seven of their opening eight EPL games this season.
Arsenal‘s Jack Wilshere put the finishing touches to a slick move during their game against Norwich City on Saturday that many considered to be the goal of the season thus far. What a difference two days can make in football. Expect to be hearing a lot more about this wonder-strike in the upcoming days. Pajtim Kasami — take a bow, you’ve earned it.