Melbourne Victory lost to Melbourne Heart in the A-League last night but cast your mind back to Wednesday night’s match against China’s Guangzhou Evergrande in the Asian Champions League.
Kevin Muscat’s side lost 4-2 to the reigning champions despite leading 2-0 at half-time. Coached by Italian World Cup-winner Marcello Lippi, the Chinese side were inspired by another Italian on the pitch.
Alessandro Diamanti levelled the scores and he also sealed the win with the fourth goal on his debut for Lippi’s team. The clear pick of the lot was the goal that he scored in the 65th minute to level the scores.
After a corner, Victory tried to clear the ball out of defence. Adama Traore’s lob out of defence found a Guangzhou player who headed the ball to Diamanti. The Italian attack made a 180-degree turn and his angled drive from distance flew past Nathan Coe in the Victory goal.
As stunning as this goal was, 7News Melbourne did not show it. Usually on free-to-air television in Australia, if a spectacular goal is shown on the news, it would come from the A-League or English Premier League.
Leigh Broxham’s superb volley to make it 2-0 to Victory was shown on TV on Thursday night’s news but the other goal shown was the one Guangzhou shown to pull it back to 2-1. None of the other goals were shown, particularly Diamanti’s cracker.
What was even surprising was that after the Fox Sports’ broadcast of the match they showed five of the goals but Diamanti’s first goal was bizarrely omitted.
Perhaps it is best not to go into conspiracy theories so if you watched the match, don’t forget that goal. Diamanti showed great technique to score a goal like that and young Australian kids watching that goal should try to emulate him and practise scoring those types of goals.
If you didn’t see it live, watch the goal because it is worth looking at.