Gerard Deulofeu has a knack for scoring impressive free-kicks.
The Everton man smacked home a stunning set-piece in a pre-season defeat to Dynamo Dresden in July, while his 25-yard effort against Reading sealed a 2-1 win in last season’s Capital One Cup.
As party tricks go, Deulofeu’s isn’t such a bad one.
Deulofeu is still only 22, but he’s been around for quite some time. The winger made his Barcelona debut at the age of 17 but failed to crack the first team, much to the surprise of many.
And he’s still plying his trade for the Spanish U21 side, whereas the likes of Hector Bellerin, Saul Niguez and Pau Lopez, all 21, have earned call-ups to the senior team.
But give Deulofeu his due. Instead of bemoaning his absence from Julen Lopetegui’s team, he’s captained the U21 team to second place in Spain’s 2017 European Championship qualification group, scoring seven goals in 10 games.
Albert Celades’ team crushed Estonia 5-0 on Monday but any hopes of finishing top of Group 6 - and securing automatic qualification to Euro 2017 - were dashed with Sweden’s 4-2 win over Croatia.
Deulofeu wasn’t on the scoresheet - it was left to Denis Suarez and braces from Marco Asensio and Munir El Haddadi to complete the rout - although he did put the ball in the back of the net.
The winger stepped up to take a free-kick in the second half and sent the ball into the back of the net. But Deulofeu’s celebrations were cut short when the referee disallowed the goal.
The reason why? It was an indirect free-kick. D’oh!
Check it out at 3:11 in the video below.
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