Alexis Sanchez scored one of the best goals in FA Cup final history against Aston Villa on our way to becoming the most decorated club in the competition’s history.
However, this wasn’t an ordinary strike. Alexis caught the ball with the instep, causing it to deviate and flash past Shay Given before the experienced keeper could even raise his hand to stop the strike.
The fact that it went in off the crossbar added to the impact of the strike – it was truly wonderful.
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“That was stunning – an absolute game changer,” Given said after the game (via the Daily Star).
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“The ball has moved all over the place and then off the bar. How are you supposed to get to that?”
Despite the commentators estimating the goal at 25 yards, Alexis actually leathered it from just over 30 yards out. The Chilean has threatened to do that on a number of occasions this season and it’s why he’s demanded a role on the left-wing.
The strike was also clocked at 69.1mph, illustrating the velocity behind the effort which was even more impressive given the fact that the ball took 0.9 seconds to hit the back of the net, almost as fast as a blink of an eye.
Alexis capped off the season with his 25th goal of the campaign while also registering 12 assists. He will certainly be delighted to have lifted a major trophy in his first season with us.
However, the Premier League title must be the next target and Alexis’s determination to succeed should rub off on the rest of our squad.
Here is the full breakdown of Alexis’s wonder-goal in the FA Cup final.