‘Goal of the year’: England fans go wild for Alicia Russo’s ridiculous backheel against Sweden

‘GOAL OF THE YEAR!’: Excited England fans celebrate Alicia Russo’s daring 4-0 Euro 2022 semi-final win over Sweden as Ian Wright dubs Manchester United striker ‘Lacy’ after stunning cameo What did

  • Alicia Russo came off the bench to score a brilliant third goal for England
  • After saving a shot, he deflected the ball back through Hedwig Lindahl’s legs
  • She is joint second top scorer at the Women’s Euros with four substitute goals.
  • England beat Sweden 4-0 and will now face either Germany or France in the final.

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Alicia Russo scored England’s third goal in emphatic fashion en route to the Lionesses’ impressive 4-0 win over Sweden at Brimall Lane.

Russo squandered a great chance when he had a close-range shot saved by Hedwig Lindahl, before skilfully weaving the Swedish defense and back-heeling the ball through the legs of the experienced goalkeeper. In a provocative demonstration.

The Russian is now joint-second top scorer at the tournament with all four of her goals coming from the bench, leaving some observers, including England and Arsenal legend Ian Wright, confused as to why she is not starting. .

Alicia Russo Again Came Off The Bench To Score The Third Goal In England'S 4-0 Win Over Sweden.

Alicia Russo again came off the bench to score the third goal in England’s 4-0 win over Sweden.

Wright likened Russo to Argentina great Lionel Messi, saying: “Lacey, not Messi, for whom he [Russo] What is when she comes. I don’t know what it has to do to start the game.

‘The arrangement is fantastic. When she arrived, she made an immediate impact. She links the play. I’m not sure what else needs to be done to get it started.

‘When you look at the contributions Ellen White has made over the years, you can’t question that. But he did not perform well in this tournament.

‘This girl [Russo] doing. I don’t think Wegmans will replace it.’

Wigman himself said: ‘You have to have the courage to do something so unexpected and extraordinary, no one can react to it. It’s great to see that.’

Ian Wright Called Russo 'Lacy' - Likening His Name To Argentina'S Talisman Lionel Messi

Ian Wright Called Russo 'Lacy' - Likening His Name To Argentina'S Talisman Lionel Messi

Ian Wright called Russo ‘lacy’ – likening his name to Argentina’s talisman Lionel Messi

Chelsea’s Australian star Sam Kerr, who has scored incredible goals, said: ‘Not going to lie, it was lit up by Russo.’

Piers Morgan said: ‘Honestly one of the best shots ever made by any human being.’

And Chris Kumara began singing the song which has now swept the country for the second time in a year, adding: ‘Fran Kirby makes it 4-0. But what about back-to-back heel Alicia Russo? It’s coming home!’

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Many fans couldn’t get their heads around the Manchester United forward’s goal, with one Twitter user saying: ‘Just watching it for the next 5 days’.

Another fan echoed the sentiment, adding: ‘That was funny!!’

Another user added that it was possibly the best goal we’ll see all year, simply saying: ‘Goal of the year’.

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And a fourth user went a step further and suggested he would win the goal of the year award by saying: ‘I’m sorry but these are scenes, Puskas level.’

One fan followed Wright’s suit and compared Russo to two of football’s all-time greats, suggesting: ‘If Ronaldo or Messi had scored this goal the #Russo #Lionesses would have been talked about for years. ‘

Whether Russo will start in the finals is another matter. On the one hand, anyone who can score four goals in five matches deserves a place in the team, but on the other hand, with England playing so well, Serena Wegman will hate any changes.

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After a nervy start for England, Beth Meade – the tournament’s top scorer with six – opened the scoring on 34 minutes into the first half, before Lucy Bruins headed home from Sweden’s penalty area shortly after the break. Inder made it 2-0 with a free header.

Russia replaced Alan White just before the hour mark, his wonder goal coming in the 68th minute, and Fran Kirby put the final nail in Sweden’s Euro coffin in the 76th minute with a chip that Lindahl really should have done better.

The Lionesses will now meet either France or powerhouse Germany in the showpiece final, which will be played at Wembley on Sunday, July 31.

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