It was a case of if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again for Carlos Bacca on Wednesday night.
The AC Milan striker scored a gorgeous rabona goal months after being criticised for trying, yet failing, to pull off the skill by manager Sinisa Mihajlovic.
Against Palermo in September, the Colombian attempted a rabona but saw his effort saved.
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It led Mihajlovic to say after the game: “If you do it, you have to score, otherwise someone is getting pinned to the wall,” reported ESPN FC.
But that didn’t prevent Bacca from repeating his circus act against Carpi in Wednesday’s Coppa Italia tie.
This time, all went to plan.
The striker beat Carpi goalkeeper Raffaele Bianco to the ball and, instead of turning to face the goal, opted to hook his right boot behind his left leg before watching the ball dribble over the line.
“It’s a risky move but one that he has in his blood,” Mihajlovic said, reported the Daily Express. “When he pulls it off and scores, that’s great.”
According to the Daily Mail, Chelsea are interested in signing the striker and his performance in Wednesday’s tie will not have gone unnoticed. As well as scoring, Bacca assisted M’Baye Niang’s goal as Milan sealed a 2-1 win to advance to the semi-finals.
It was Bacca’s 10th goal of the season and fourth in six games. The 29-year-old, a summer arrival from Sevilla, will almost certainly win goal of the tournament with his audacious effort.