We’ve known for some time that Koke is one of European soccer’s top passers, but we found out Tuesday how good of a finisher he is.
Koke’s scored a spectacular goal to help Atletico Madrid earn a 2-0 win over Malmo in the UEFA Champions League.
The game was tied in the 30th minute when Atletico Madrid fullback Juanfran sent a cross into Malmo’s goal-mouth. Koke, 22, darted into the ball’s path, jumped and perfectly connected with a flying back-heel volley, which beat goalkeeper Robin Olsen.
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After the game, Koke described the thing of beauty that was his goal.
“(My goal) was a beautiful move,” Koke said, according to UEFA.com. “We broke away on the counterattack. We know that Juanfran likes to bomb forward, he’s nearly a winger, although his position is fullback. I know that well, and I know where to position myself and just had to put my foot in the right position to score.”
The goal was Koke’s second in this season’s Champions League.
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Atletico Madrid’s win moved it to the top of Group A with nine points from four games. Atletico Madrid now is in good position to reach the Champions League Round of 16 and perhaps mount another challenge for the continental title.
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