Opportunistic goals are few and far between but when they happen, they are usually spectacular. Whether it is the result of bad positioning, a crazy deflection or divine inspiration, sensing an opportunity exists and then seizing onto it can be the difference between winning and losing. In a game played in Ecuador last month between current Serie A champions Deportivo Quito and last year’s third place team Deportivo Cuenca, one player- Quito’s Alex Colón was presented with one such opportunity and he took it in style.
Already leading by two goals to nil after only fourteen minutes of the match, confidence was high amongst the title challenging Deportivo Quito players when Alex Colón picked up the ball on the half way line following some loose play by the Cuenca midfield. Strolling across the half way line, Colón looked up and spotted Cuenca goalkeeper Juan Ojeda off of his line. With some quick steps, Colón released a looping shot that sailed over the head of Ojeda, crashing into the net off the cross bar to make it three nil. An opportunistic goal if ever there was one from the long haired Ecuadorian. After the third goal, Cuenca heads started to drop, allowing further damage with Quito scoring twice more (one from Colón) to make it five nil before defender Andreas López scored a late consolation goal. It was a bitter blow to Cuenca, who have had a torrid start to this year’s campaign and find themselves lying in 9th place with four games left.
With Deportivo Quito trailing by three points in the championship race to leaders CS Emelec, there was no time for the players to celebrate the victory or indeed Colón’s strike. But for 26 year old Colón, he will know that this goal was probably the finest goal he will ever score and that it will be a long time before he forgets the strike. Credit where it’s due however to the player, who saw an opportunity to try his luck and it paid off in spectacular fashion.
To see Colon’s goal, click here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MKKIuNSUM8M