Remember the name: Sandro Ramirez.
The Barcelona starlet, 20, produced a virtuoso display as the Catalan giants ran out 6-1 winners against third-tier side Villanovense on Wednesday night.
Although the main talking point will be the Spain Under-21 international’s hat-trick - and deservedly so - it’s also worth noting that he pulled off a pretty special assist towards the end of the match. Scroll down this page to watch the video.
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Sandro had the option to take the ball around the onrushing goalkeeper, which would have left him with a narrow angle to score, but instead he showed the presence of mind to back-heel it into the path of Munir El Haddadi, who had the simple task of converting into the unguarded net.
Fans of a certain age may well remember that former Real Madrid star Guti produced a similar assist in a league match against Deportivo La Coruna. Watch that, and Sandro’s assist, by scrolling down a little further.
Video: Sandro Ramirez assist
Video: Guti's classic assist
Sandro took his chance to shine
With Lionel Messi out of action with a minor injury, and Luis Suarez and Neymar named amongst the substitutes, last night’s match was a perfect opportunity for Sandro to give Luis Enrique some food for thought.
He did that - in style - as did his teammate Munir, who scored two goals in the rout. Dani Alves scored the other goal - a 35-yard screamer - inside the opening five minutes of the match.
“I needed a night like this,” Sandro told Barcelona’s official website after the match. “I really wanted to score.
“I’m very happy on a personal level to have got three goals. But I’m also happy with the job that the whole team did. We were intense and hungry right from the start.”
Whose assist was better: Sandro’s or Guti’s? Have your say by leaving a comment below!
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