From Hero to Zero! Tottenham’s Erik Lamela scores sublime rabona in north London derby, leading Jamie Redknapp to declare it ‘one of the best goals I’ve seen in the Premier League’ – before Argentine is sent off late on in defeat by Arsenal
- Tottenham’s Erik Lamela scored one of the all-time great Premier League goals
- Lamela pulled off a sensational rabona finish in Sunday’s North London derby
- Jamie Redknapp declared it was ‘one of the best ever Premier League goals’
- But the winger undone all of his good work by getting send off in the second half
The Spurs star began the match on the bench but was called into action after just 19 minutes when Son-Heung min went down with a hamstring injury. And Lamela took no time at all to make his mark at the Emirates with a brilliant moment of skill to give Tottenham the lead.
Lucas Moura set the ball back to Lamela inside the Arsenal box and the Argentine hit a rabona through the legs of Thomas Partey and into the bottom right corner of the Gunners’ goal, out of reach from Bernd Leno.
Erik Lamela scored one of the all-time great Premier League goals in the North London derby
Lamela gave Tottenham the lead with a sensational rabona finish just after the half hour mark
He wheeled off in a frenzy as his Spurs teammates all ran to celebrate in complete disbelief. Left-back Sergio Reguilon put his head in his hands completely in awe of Lamela’s finish.
However, during the second half Lamela cost his team dearly with a red card after two bookable offences in quick succession. Jose Mourinho was visibly annoyed with his player after he hit Kieran Tierney in the face for his second yellow.
At half-time of the North London derby, pundit Jamie Redknapp said the Spurs opener was ‘one of the best goals he’s ever seen in the Premier League’.
He told Sky Sports: ‘This is one of the best goals I’ve seen in the Premier League. We’ve seen 30 yarders, great volleys, great team goals but never seen anything like this.
Jamie Redknapp said it was ‘one of the best goals he’s ever seen in the Premier League’
During second half Lamela cost his team dearly with a red card after two bookable offences
‘He did it in a Europa League game a few years back but the audacity to do it in a North London derby.
‘The improvisation there as it comes behind him, the rabona as they call it, it’s absolute world-class.
‘It’s an amazing piece of skill because as it comes to him he has to work his feet, he knows it has to go low, it goes through Partey’s legs, he hits it so hard. Look at the power he puts into it, brilliant.’
As much as the Sky Sports pundit and Sportsmail columnist was amazed by Lamela’s opening goal, he admitted the Spurs’ man’s ‘stupidity’ got him sent sent off.
He added: ‘Lamela is definitely better at that (rabona) than he is tackling. I would stick to that if I was him.
‘It was a stroke of genius and he improvised it so well. Other players might fall over and make a fool of themselves. But what he does afterwards is almost stupidity.
‘When you start throwing your elbow around like that you’re asking for trouble.’
Fans also went crazy for the goal on social media. One Twitter user wrote: ‘Erik Lamela’s just scored one of the filthiest goals I’ve ever seen in my life.’
Another added: ‘Erik Lamela just scored a Puska nomination goal with that rabona technique… what a goal!!!’
Former England striker Gary Lineker referenced the 29-year-old’s other rabona goal against Asteras Tripolis in the Europa League back in 2014.
He tweeted: ‘The thing about the Lamela goal is, it’s not even the best Rabona he’s scored.’
BT Sport presenter Jules Breach tweeted: ‘Oh my, that is naughty Lamela, absolutely disgustingly brilliant.’
Musician Laycon tweeted: ‘Lamela that is just filthy,’ while YouTube personality and well-known Arsenal fan KSI tweeted: ‘F*** off Lamela.’