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Rogerio Ceni scores sensational free-kick to record 123rd career goal

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Sao Paolo goalkeeper Rogerio Ceni has enjoyed a spectacular playing career in South America, and has established a reputation as a set-piece specialist, capable of scoring from all kinds of angles.

The 41-year-old custodian was at it again during his side's 2-1 victory over Bahia in Brazil's Serie A on Saturday, breaking the deadlock with a sensational free-kick, minutes before the half-time whistle.

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Lining up his effort on the edge of the Bahia box the veteran stopper unleashed a perfectly executed shot, curling the ball up and over the five-man wall and placing it in his opposite number's top right-hand corner.

The strike represented Ceni's 123rd career goal - a remarkable record for any defensive-minded player, but even more mind-blowing for a goalkeeper, despite his reputation for the extraordinary.

It's clear that everyone at Sao Paolo regards the current No.1 as a world-class dead ball specialist in his own right, with Ceni selected ahead of outfield team-mates Kaka, Michel Bastos and Paulo Henrique Ganso to take responsibility of the goalscoring opportunity.

His goal inspired Muricy Ramalho's side on to a 2-1 victory over Bahia at Estadio Cicero Pompeu de Toledo after Ganso added a second before a late consolation strike from Leandro Fahel.

Momentum

The win lifts Sao Paolo up to second in the table with 52 points after 29 games played, two points ahead of Internacional and Atletico Mineiro in third and fourth place, and seven points behind leaders Cruzeiro.

You can watch footage of Rogerio Ceni's 123rd career strike in the video below, and feel free to share your favourite clips of goalscoring goalkeepers in the comment box provided at the bottom of the article…

The Brazilian legend is fast-approaching his 42nd birthday in what is likely to be his final season as a professional footballer, but you wouldn't bet against Ceni from adding to his goalscoring record further before the end of the campaign.

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