Stevan Jovetic scores backheel winner for Inter v Real Salt Lake

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This is one of the cheekiest goals you’re ever likely to see.

Stevan Jovetic entered the fray as a second-half substitute in Inter’s third pre-season match, against Real Salt Lake, a few hours ago and scored the winning goal with an audacious backheel.

The Montenegro international received a pass from deep from Daniel Bessa and, with his back to goal, brilliant back-heeled the ball through the legs of substitute goalkeeper Lalo Fernandez. Not even the last defender on the goal-line could prevent the 26-year-old’s clever shot from hitting the back of the net. (Scroll down this page to watch the video).


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After scoring the goal, Jovetic celebrated nonchalantly - almost as if he has a habit of scoring such special goals on a regular basis. In fairness, he probably does in training.

"We looked surprised and we shouldn't be surprised that [Jovetic is] capable of that," RSL coach Jeff Cassar was quoted as saying by the Salt Lake Tribune.

Video: Stevan Jovetic's backheel winner

Inter's first win of pre-season

Jordan Allen have Real Salt Lake a 1-0 lead in the 18th minute, but the half-time team talk of Inter boss Roberto Mancini was made easier when Danilo D'Ambrosio equalised minutes before the interval.

Jovetic then popped up with his memorable winner in the 92nd minute, as Inter sealed their first victory of pre-season following a draw against Wattens and a 2-1 defeat to CSKA Sofia.

Tougher tests still to come

Next up for the Nerazzurri are Paris Saint-Germain on Sunday.

Inter then take on Estudiantes, Bayern Munich, Tottenham, Borussia Monchengladbach and Celtic before the 2016-17 Serie A campaign gets underway.

Jovetic is a class act

Jovetic only managed to score six goals in 26 appearances for Inter last season - a poor return for a player of his immense talent.

The former Partizan star was one of the best players in Italy during his days with Fiorentina.

A big-money move to Manchester City followed; however, with competition for first-team places so fierce, the forward only managed to show glimpses of his quality in England.

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