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Venezuela star stuns Barcelona with sublime volley

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Angel Chourio may not be a familiar name outside of South America, but the Mineros de Guayana midfielder lit up the Copa Sudamericana on Thursday night by scoring a superb volley against Ecuadorian champions Barcelona.

The 28-year-old Venezuela international struck midway through the first half, firing a remarkable outside-of-the-boot volley from the edge of the penalty area past the helpless Barcelona goalkeeper Maximo Banguera.

Chourio was teed-up by a clever pass by the one-time Argentina international Nicolas Olmedo, who was called up by former coach Diego Maradona to play Haiti in 2010.

Mineros went on to draw the match 2-2, leaving the first-stage tie delicately poised ahead of next week's second leg.

The Copa Sudamericana - South America's equivalent of the Europa League - concludes with a two-legged final in December.

To watch Chourio's special strike, scroll down to the video - provided by 101greatgoals - below, and why not tell us about your favourites volleys from South American football.

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