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Video: Christian Benteke’s screamer at West Brom

Jan 19, 2013, 2:15 PM EDT

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See the way this shot dives toward the back of the next as it crosses the goal line? That’s the kind of action you get with you hit the ball as pure as Belgian striker Christian Benteke strikes this shot.

Not that I’d know. And most of you reading this won’t know, either. There are a few hundred people on the planet that can pull this play off, and none of them are professed PST readers. Odds are players capable of doing something like this don’t waste their time reading me drool over goals.

But my mouth is full agape after seeing this one. It came during the first half of Aston Villa’s Saturday visit to West Bromwich Albion. Twelve minutes into the derby, Benteke’s fed a pass that find him back to goal, slightly to the right of Ben Foster’s net. Taking advantage of some apathetic defending, the 22-year-old striker blistered a ball toward the inside of Foster’s left post.

Ultimately, the ball ended up in the back of goal, but even with a quick dive away from the side netting, Foster had no chance to stop what is the current goal of the day:

West Brom and Aston Villa are still in progress at The Hawthorns, the Baggies having just made it 2-2.

  1. wfjackson3 - Jan 19, 2013 at 11:38 PM

    That is some clinical “back to goal” work. I can hardly imagine how hard that is to pull off.

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