Carlos Vela’s Bicycle Kick Goal Sparks Real Sociedad Comeback (Video)
Heading into the 2010 World Cup of soccer in South Africa, there were plenty of expectations surrounding Mexican striker Carlos Vela. At only 20 years of age, Vela struggled to live up to those expectations at the time, as an injury forced him out of Mexico’s second game against France, and it would keep him out for the remainder of the tournament.
The Mexican international has since made stops in Arsenal and West Bromwich Albion, before settling in with La Liga club Real Sociedad for the 2011-12 season. He entered Sunday’s game against Malaga with only one goal on the season, but he doubled his total in a rather remarkable fashion.
With his club trailing 2-1 in the 88th minute, Vela took a ball off his chest, and with his back to the goal he executed a perfect bicycle kick, sending the ball past the keeper and tying the game at 2-2. Three minutes later, Real Sociedad would score another, completing their thrilling comeback and earning the 3-2 victory.
Here is a look at Vela’s bicycle kick goal that made it all possible.