Melbourne Heart may have slumped to a 2-1 home defeat at the hands of Central Coast Mariners this evening, but star midfielder Orlando Engelaar grabbed the headlines after scoring an incredible goal from inside his own half.
With 5,418 spectators watching on at AAMI Park, the ex-Schalke man controlled the ball on the edge of the centre circle and saw Mariners 'keeper Liam Reddy off his line before sending a perfectly-weighted effort sailing into the back of the net.
John van't Schip's men looked capable of building on Engelaar's stunning 32nd minute opener, but their lead was cancelled out by a smart finish from Kim Seung-Yong moments before the interval.
The Heart were made to further rue a handful of missed opportunities in the second period as Bernie Ibini edged the visitors in front with 15 minutes left to play. His low strike into the far corner proved enough to wrap up an important three points for the New South Wales club.
Phill Moss' side now sit fourth in the Hyundai A-League table, level on points with Melbourne Victory and two points off second-place Western Sydney Wanderers. On the other hand, Heart, despite a fairytale return to form in recent weeks, dwell in ninth having endured a largely demoralising 2013-14 campaign.
Does Engelaar's stunning goal measure up to the likes of David Beckham and Wayne Rooney's similar efforts?
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