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Eren Derdiyok Goal: Bicycle Kick Score For Bayer Leverkusen Striker Against VfL Wolfsburg (VIDEO)

As a rule, goals scored from bicycle kicks are highlights. Even those bicycle kick goals that aren’t match winners like Julio Baptista’s injury-time stunner for Malaga or Wayne Rooney’s amazing effort in a Manchester derby still rack up views on YouTube years after they bulge the net.

The overwhelming majority of those strikes come when a player leaps and contorts his body to connect with a pass from a teammate that is too high, or behind, to be dealt with in a straightforward manner.

But this was not the case when Bayer Leverkusen striker Eren Derdiyok latched onto a long pass as he made a run into the Wolfsburg penalty area. Derdiyok’s run bisected the defense and he reached out with his left leg to control the ball as it came in about waist high and a stride ahead of him. With his second touch, the Swiss national flicked the ball straight up into the air with his right foot. The pair of green-clad defensemen rushed past him, expecting that he’d continue bearing down on the net. Derdiyok then elevated for a picturesque right-footed bicycle kick that arced over the frozen goalkeeper and into the far corner of the net. The strike broke a 1-1 tie in the match. Leverkusen would go on to win 3-1.

Having conjured this goal with a pass to himself, perhaps Derdiyok has created a new variation on the bicycle kick. Perhaps it’s a “unicycle” kick?


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