When Darmstadt 98 drew Bayern Munich in the DFB-Pokal Cup in the Round of 16, their manager, Dirk Schuster, was probably worried about stopping Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Muller from continuing their red-hot goalscoring form.
And he would have been right to do so. Between them, they have 28 Bundesliga goals this season. To put that in context, the entire Darmstadt team have scored just 15.
But one person who Schuster would not have been warning his defenders against was Xabi Alonso. The Spaniard is one of the few Bayern Munich players not to find the back of the net in the current campaign.
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Of course, his job is not to score goals, but that doesn't mean he can't hit them when given the chance.
As any Liverpool fan will tell you, when Alonso catches it right, the ball invariably ends up in the net. After tonight, the Darmstadt faithful will tell you exactly the same thing.
Having kept both Lewandowski and Muller quiet for 40 minutes, the traveling fans were starting to dream of a famous result.
Pep Guardiola's men were looking far from their brilliant best and an upset was on the cards, but up stepped a 34-year-old World Cup winner from all of 30 yards.
Alonso teed himself up – possibly by accident – before firing a howitzer straight into the top corner. It was a sensational strike, which is why we've decided to write about it.
As it stands, it remains 1-0. Luckily, the goal was worthy of winning any game in any competition.
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