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Friday, 12 February 2010 07:06

Video: The wonder goal made in Portugal, scored in Cyprus

Anorthosis 3-0 Doxa

The number of Portuguese players involved last weekend as Anorthosis Famagusta hosted Doxa Katokopias in the Cypriot First Division reached double figures, and it was a goal made in Portugal that stole all the headlines as the hosts claimed all three points.

Anorthosis led the match 1-0 with just over an hour played when the team’s Portuguese contingent combined for the most spectacular of goals. Miguel Pedro found Janico on the flank, and the former Vitoria Setubal right-back delivered a cross into the penalty area, where ex-Boavista striker Cafu connected with a sublime scissors kick to double his team’s advantage.

It was the sixth league goal scored so far this season by Lisbon-born Arlindo Gomes Semedo, otherwise known as Cafu, who many in Portugal may remember for scoring a winning goal for Boavista at Porto in November 2004. Since leaving Portugal, the 32-year-old has gained experience playing in Germany, as well as fellow Cypriot club Omonia, before joining Anorthosis last summer.

Remarkably, the visitors, Doxa, had eight Portuguese on the field at that moment, including the helpless goalkeeper Marcio Paiva. Doxa, who unsurprisingly have the largest contingent of Portuguese players in the country, would introduce a further two Portugal natives from the bench, Carlos Saavedra and Paulo Sereno.

The goalscoring charts in Cyprus are currently led by Jose Semedo, another Lisbon-born striker, formerly of Rio Ave, who plays for APOP Kinyras Peyias. The 30-year-old has been a revelation since signing for APOP last January, and has scored 14 of his team’s 32 goals in the league this season.

Related article: Semedo enjoying Cyprus adventure

By Sean Gillen

Comments (1)
Whoa! what a goal!
1 Friday, 12 February 2010 10:05
What a goal by Cafu! I want to see more goals like this.

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