Botond Birtalan scores spectacular long-range scorpion kick

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When you think of wonder goals, your mind doesn't (usually) jump to the Hungarian league team of Bekescsaba. You automatically think Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi or Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

And yet, would you believe it, the unimaginable happened when Botond Birtalan scored a spectacular scorpion-kick goal from the edge of the penalty area with the ball outrageously lobbing the stranded goalkeeper. 

Forget the spectacular goal, the strike also proved a lifeline for Hungarian outfit Bekescsaba as it rescued a 2-2 draw against second-placed Gyirmot to keep them in the running for a much-coveted top three spot.

Admittedly, it is hard to tell whether the goal was a calculated wonder-strike or a massive fluke, but that won't matter much to Birtalan as he is unlikely to ever score a better goal in his illustrious Hungarian league playing career... 

Dare to do what Zlatan couldn't 

Not every footballer can claim to have achieved what the great Ibra has not done, but Hungarian player Birtalan does have that bragging right after his spectacular goal on Sunday. Indeed, the Swede attempted the infamous scorpion kick in their victory over Brest earlier on in the season, but was unable to find the back of the net like Birtalan.

Luckily for the Swede, he had scored a scorpion-kick goal, albeit from much closer range, in PSG's 4-0 hammering of Corsican outfit Bastian in the 2013/14 season. However, it seems that for this season, the Puskas award for goal of the year will be unexpectedly heading to Hungary. 

Learnt the trade from Rene Higuita? 

Granted, the audacious scorpion kick was used in entirely different circumstances, but it would seem that Botond Birtalan took a few tips in the art of spectacular scorpion kicks from Colombian stopper Rene Higuita. 

Best known for his sweeper-goalie approach, and nicknamed "El Loco" for his audacious tendency to leave his post empty to clear balls and even dribble, Higuita produced a spectacular scorpion-kick stop to deny England's Jamie Redknapp at Wembley in 1995.

The now retired Colombian treated fans to a repeat of his spectacular stop during an exhibition match in India whilst playing for the Indian All-Stars who were taking on the mighty Brazilian Masters. The spectators were certainly not disappointed as he duly executed the same skill - acrobatically diving heals over head to clear the ball off the goal-line.

After the game, speaking to Firstpost Sports, he said "I believed that the goalkeeper is just like the 10 out-field players. If given a chance he should help in the attacking intent of the team". Attack he certainly did, and Hungarian Botond Birtalan seems to have taken a few tips from the crazy Colombian as he replicated the skill in spectacular fashion on Sunday. 

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