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Papiss Cisse scores massive fluke in the Chinese Super League

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The Chinese Super League has come in for some criticism over the last 12-18 months for the ridiculous wages and fees paid to seemingly average players.

Nevertheless, the popularity of the sport in China is certainly gathering momentum and there are an increasing number of faces fans of the Premier League might recognise regularly cropping up in Asia.

Newcastle supporters will recall Papiss Cisse, who only left the club last summer after fours years at St James' Park.

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The striker now plays for Shandong Luneng in China and has already bettered his goal tally from the entire 2015/16 Premier League season with five strikes from 11 appearances.

However, his most recent goal came in somewhat fortuitous circumstances as you can see in the video below.

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On Saturday, Shandong were 3-0 down to Shanghai SIPG after 48 minutes before Cisse pulled one back with nearly half an hour left to play.

In torrential conditions, a low cross was played into the Shanghai box from Wu Xinghan which Cisse quickly latched onto and attempted a left-footed strike.

But it didn't quite go to plan, as he did a complete air shot.

All was not lost, though, as the ball then inadvertently struck his standing foot, bobbled up, hit his right leg again before eventually ending up in the bottom corner.

It took a few moments for even Cisse to realise what had happened and it will certainly be one of the flukiest goals he is ever likely to score.

As the saying goes: 'They all count!'

Unfortunately, for the Senegalese forward it was too little too late and Shanghai scored a fourth in the last few minutes to cement their position in the top four.

Other familiar faces included the Brazilian forward Hulk, who also found the scoresheet, and ex-Southampton forward Graziano Pelle.

And despite the result, it is certainly not a game Cisse will forget in a hurry.

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