Fans In Awe As Sporting CP’s Pedro Goncalves Scores ‘David Beckham-esque’ Goal From The Halfway Line Against Arsenal
Pedro Goncalves gave Sporting CP a fighting chance and eventual penalty shoot-out win over Arsenal in the Europa League round of 16 by passing Aaron Ramsdale from the halfway line. Sporting CP and Arsenal drew 2-2 in the first leg of the Europa League round of 16 in Portugal and set up a crucial second leg in the Emirates on Thursday night.
Arsenal midfielder and captain of the evening Granit Xhaka broke out of the stalemate in the first 20 minutes and gave the Gunners control of the last 16 at half-time. Mikel Arteta’s men, on the other hand, were stunned in the second half as Goncalves “channelled his inner David Beckham” with an outrageous shot from near the halfway line.
Fans were amazed to see Goncalves recreate the Beckham goal against Arsenal
Arsenal were dispossessed before Goncalves collected the ball, which rushed into the Gunners’ half before lofting a great chip. Ramsdale was caught completely off guard, with the Gunners keeper climbing back to his net to fend off Goncalves.
Sporting CP equalized on the scoreboard and overall after Goncalves’ perfectly placed shot dived over a helpless Ramsdale. Fans on social media immediately compared him to Manchester United legend David Beckham, who scored a famous goal from the halfway line at Wimbledon in 1996.
Stop the Pedro Goncalves 🔥🔥🔥 pic.twitter.com/4NmOkcbPmR
— Hard Football Stuff (@HardFutbolStuff) March 16, 2023
Wow. What an incredible goal from Pedro Gonçalves. David Beckham-esque #ARSSPO
– Jack Mendel (@Mendelpol) March 16, 2023
This is Gonçalves’ Beckham-esque
— Anand (@BrunoAnandes) March 16, 2023
It was like Beckham’s goal against Wimbledon that made him a star! #sporty #Arsenal
— Jaymes Bryla (@BryHard2) March 16, 2023
Beckham-esque 😳😳 Pedro Gonçalves
— liam (@hoodryangosling) March 16, 2023
Goal of the season by Goncalves against Arsenal 🥶🥶
— Vince Somade-Vincent (@No_1_vincentino) March 16, 2023
Arsenal fans in the Emirates were also delighted with Sporting’s miracle goal.
— WA (@Waliyadeniran) March 16, 2023
I hope I don’t randomly flash that Pedro Gonçalvez goal against Arsenal for a while 😩 #ARSSCP
— Øluwatobi (@theglobaltmg) March 16, 2023
There aren’t many teams you could play like that against @Arsenal and add a Beckhamesque gate to boot.
Congratulations to Sporting.
I’m over it. Let’s win the league now.
— William Pish (just call me Suzy) (@WilloWispish) March 16, 2023
PEDRO GONCALVES……….What a goal!!!!🤯😳 BECKHAM VIBES
— Zeem (@nxzeem_) March 17, 2023