Miguel Almiron scored the only goal of the game as Newcastle beat Crystal Palace on Wednesday night. And what a goal it was.
It ended a lengthy drought for the Paraguayan. The last time he found the net before last night was more than a year ago. He bagged a brace in a 3-2 win over Southampton in February 2021.
He’s finally returned to the scoresheet, and it came at a perfect time for the 28-year-old.
The goal was an absolute cracker too, leading to wild celebrations from the £21million man. Shirt off and into the crowd – he’s lucky he wasn’t booked twice!
It was an amazing release of emotion from Miggy, but the most impressive aspect of his goal wasn’t necessarily the finish.
The movement and the pass for stunning Miguel Almiron goal
The buildup to the winner actually started with a throw-in in Newcastle’s own half. Two Brazilian touches later and Almiron was racing through on goal.
Emil Krafth hurled the ball into Bruno Guimaraes, who chested it down and spread a sliced volley down the right touchline. Almiron latched onto it, got the better of Tyrick Mitchell and expertly found the top corner from a tight angle.
It was a fantastic pass, but it was made possible by Almiron’s movement. As soon as Bruno takes it down on his chest, Miggy is away. He’s anticipating the pass, or perhaps received a message from his teammate to run in behind.
The anticipation to start the run early was what got Almiron ahead of Mitchell, and allowed him to score the only goal of the game.
The touch, the pass, the movement, the strength, the finish and the celebration. Everything about the goal was magical.
It further shows the impact of Bruno. Almiron knew he had that pass in his locker and was on his bike before Bruno connected with his right boot.
From start to finish it was an incredible goal.