The Russian footballer, who wore the James Bond-inspired jersey number 007, scores an incredible BACKFLIP penalty… and it’s not the first time he’s pulled off the sensational shot from the spot, either!
- Norik Avdalyan scored an incredible backflip penalty for the second time
- In 2018, Avdalyan also scored a similar penalty while playing for Rubin Kazan.
- The 26-year-old left midfielder plays for Nefis Kazan in the Russian third division.
A Russian footballer has taken the internet by storm after scoring a shocking penalty kick by performing a backflip at the same time.
Norik Avdalyan, who also has Armenian citizenship, scored the sensational shot from the spot while playing for Nefis Kazan, who compete in the third tier of the Russian football pyramid.
Avdalyan showed no indication that he was going to produce the magic moment as he stepped forward to take the penalty, before casually running towards the ball to take the kick.
Norik Avdalyan uses his kicking foot to take the penalty while also starting his backflip.
The Russian star completed the somersault before his penalty kick hit the net.
There he used his kicking foot to hit the ball while also using the move to lead his backflip, completing a successful landing before his splintered effort had hit the net.
The nature of the shot seems to have some merit other than just showing what an incredible skill it is, as its movement clearly catches the goalie off guard who had already dived to his right to try and guess which way he was going to do it. hit the penalty
By this time, the winger was already running to celebrate where he was mobbed by his stunned teammates.
The penalty kick was caught on television cameras, but also by a teammate wearing a GoPro camera at a match believed to be an organized friendly.
If there was any clue as to who would attempt to adopt the unorthodox penalty kick, then the 26-year-old would have been the frontrunner among the 22 players on the pitch, given that he was also sporting shirt number 007, seemingly inspired. by the very popular James Bond franchise.
But it’s not the first time he’s done the backflip penalty, either. In 2018, Avdalyan achieved a similar feat while playing for the Rubin Kazan youth team.
He was also successful at the time with a similar shot that caught the goalkeeper off guard.
With the World Cup less than two months away, would any player try to repeat the act in Qatar?
Given England’s record 12 yards, including missing three penalties in a penalty shootout loss last summer that cost them the European Championship against Italy, it could be a tactic Gareth Southgate would think worth implementing ahead of the tournament.