Goalkeeper Saves 45-Yard Lob With a Bicycle Kick

Zohaib Ahmed
There are now no skills that goalkeepers can't pull off.

We've seen strikers, midfielders and even defenders execute perfectly timed bicycle kicks, but never goalkeepers. That finally happened in a recent football match in Argentina.

In a Primera B Metro division clash between Urquiza and Deportivo Moron, the former's goalkeeper Matthew Cano pulled off a magnificent bicycle kick save, which evoked the memories of the great Rene Higuita's famous scorpion kick.

Cano's side were trailing 1-0 at the time when a Moron player – not so moronically – observed that he was staying at the edge of the penalty area. He immediately hit a lob from the halfway line towards Cano who was caught completely off-guard.

The 45-yard-shot seemed goal bound, but the goalie kept his head. He sprinted backwards towards his goal and executed a bicycle kick just at the right time to repel the long-range shot.

While not as pretty as Higuita's scorpion kick, Cano's airborne kick was far more meaningful, as a more conventional approach to saving that shot would have failed. He did not concede for the remainder of the game, but the one that Dep. Moron had scored earlier proved to be the difference between the two sides. Hence, Cano's incredible effort went in vain.

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