Raise the Roofe! Wigan legend Jordi Gomez scores from EVEN FURTHER than Rangers’ Kemar Roofe to break the Europa League’s longest-range goal record… but should his super-strike against PSV have counted?
It’s just a week on from his European wonder strike but Kemar Roofe has already been rivalled by none other than former Wigan man Jordi Gomez.
Roofe set the Europa League alight after hitting a scorching effort from his own half in stoppage time to confirm a crucial 2-0 victory for Rangers in Belgium, and it seems the competition is now producing world-beating goals on a weekly basis.
As Cypriot side Omonia faced PSV Eindhoven on Thursday evening, Gomez sensed his opportunity in the 29th minute after a team-mate was fouled inside the centre circle and the referee immediately awarded a free-kick.
A foul in the centre circle saw ex-Wigan man Jordi Gomez audaciously go for goal
Gomez can be seen just behind the referee, between two PSV defenders, heading to the ball
The fouled player was still on the floor as the ball started rolling towards the path of Gomez
Gomez hit the sweetest of strikes from his own half straight up and over head of goalkeeper
Using his experience, ex-Wigan star Gomez didn’t think twice before stepping up briskly to the ball and hammering it from his own half straight up and over the head of an out-of-place goalkeeper.
Measurements have shown the midfielder was some 54 metres out when taking on the effort, which showed no signs of slowing down as it plunged into the back of the net.
Yet huge question marks hang over whether the goal should have even stood, after the referee dictated the free-kick had been taken quickly and was therefore valid.
Replays shows the ball still slowly rolling following the free-kick incident, meaning Gomez was able to quickly step up and use the momentum to generate an extra burst of power.
The goalkeeper was left flinging himself back through the air but could not save the effort
Despite protestations from the Dutch side, the goal stood and PSV trailed until the 40th minute, when Donyell Malen found the back of the net to equalise.
It was Malen’s goal in the second minute of injury time at the end of the match that would break Omonia hearts and secure a 2-1 comeback victory for PSV.
Comparisons are now being drawn between Gomez’s effort and the piece of magic pulled off by Roofe a week ago.
Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has already made the bold claim that the strike was the best he has ever witnessed in a live game.
Speaking to Sportsmail about his goal, the 27-year-old Roofe said: ‘I came on with about 15 minutes to go, just to help protect a 1-0 lead really. My main focus was to be a release for the defence.
The strike comes a week after Kemar Roofe’s wonder goal sealed victory over Standard Liege
The 27-year-old collected the ball and lobbed the Standard Liege keeper from 55 yards
Roofe executed his effort on a pitch submerged in water in Belgium last Thursday evening
‘So I was dropping back, trying to be an extra body. The ball fell and I managed to get around it. All I’m thinking is, “Win the tackle, if I don’t, they’re in a good position”. I won the ball but it wriggled out. I ran through a second tackle. You don’t want to let the boys down.
‘But then another defender comes towards me. OK, I’ll just nick it around him. In my mind I’m like, “Keep the ball. Keep the ball”. My plan was to run as far as I could with it.’
The congestion of defenders coupled with the rain-soaked pitch meant Roofe quickly made the snap decision to attempt to pick out the back of the net from an astonishingly long way out.
The rest, as they say, is history.