Metalist Kharkiv’s Cleiton Xavier had the guts to try the improbable, and it turns out it paid off in a big way.
As the ref was about to whistle for play to begin, the Brazilian free kick specialist noticed that the Chornomorets keeper was off his line and acted quickly. After yelling to his teammates to get out of the way, he struck the ball perfectly from the center circle and ended up tying the game.
After the match, a 3-1 Metalist victory, Ukraine national team coach Myron Markevich told him “You made history. This was the goal that Pele was never able to do.”
Some quick-thinking and precise execution made for this incredible moment that Xavier and those in attendance won’t forgot.