Former Manchester United target Kevin Strootman scored a 30-yard thunderbolt which came either side of a Gervinho goal in a 3-2 victory over the Partenopei in the first leg of the Coppa Italia semi-final.
The strike was Strootman's fourth Roma goal, and it was one to remember. His goal was scored in the 32nd minute after Gervinho's goal after 12 minutes gave Roma the lead.
The midfielder found himself in space 30 yards from goal, and decided to have a crack. With a left foot as powerful and tailored as his, is was no surprise the result.
The Dutchman’s vicious effort simply flew past Liverpool loanee Jose Reina, sailing right into the top corner. The speed, power and last minute curve on the effort meant that the Napoli keeper had simply no chance.
Indeed Francesco Totti, AS Roma's greatest ever player (who had two superb through balls converted by Gervinho in the match) would have been proud of this strike. The Italian winger has scored many a long range goal in his time, but few of this calibre.
This goal gave The Wolves a 2-0 lead, which was then threatened by a Morgan De Sanctis own goal and a strike from Dries Mertens. However the former Arsenal winger Gervinho popped up in the 88th minute to seal the first leg.
The game was, in many ways, a thriller, but the highlight was certainly this blockbuster of a shot from a really promising player.
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