Mehdi Taremi’s spectacular strike against Chelsea at the UEFA Champions League last eight was hailed as a candidate for the Puskas Award – awarded by FIFA to the scorer of the best goal of the calendar year.
Porto striker, who came off the bench in the second half, scored with an astonishing overhead kick deep into stoppage time as goalkeeper Edouard Mendy and Chelsea defenders could only watch when the ball looped into the far top corner.
Taremi’s stunner led Porto to a 1-0 victory on the night but it proved too little too late for the Portuguese giant as it failed to overturn a first-leg 2-0 defeat against the London club.
This was Taremi’s second European goal – 17th across all competitions – for Porto, after the Iranian international had scored during a 2-1 victory over Juventus in the first leg of the previous round.
“What. A. Goal!” wrote the official Tweeter account of the UEFA Champions League, adding Taremi “becomes the first Iranian to score in the Champions League quarter-finals.”
British website Bleacher Report Football tweeted, “Never forget that Mehdi Taremi scored this goal even though Porto were knocked out”, while goal.com believes that the Iranian “scored the goal of the season in the Champions League”.
B24 and Sporting Life Football, meanwhile, described the goal as a “potential Puskas Award winning goal”.
“Taremiiii, MAGIC, ART! No words!!!” was what Eleven Portugal tweeted about the Iranian’s outrageous goal.