The Indonesian city of Malang was divided on Sunday as league leaders Arema hosted third-place Persema at Kanjuruhan Stadium. The hosts won the derby 3-1 to maintain their position at the top, but it was Arema’s first goal of the game that made the match worth mentioning.
Having conceded early doors to Jairon Feliciano, Arema wasted little time in finding an equaliser. And it was a beauty.
A pass from midfield was launched deep to the back post in the Persema box, where Ridhuan Muhammad managed to keep the ball in play with a cushioned header back towards the penalty spot. Arema only had one player in the danger area, the prolific Singaporean forward Noh Alam Shah, and he was marked by a home defender.
Cue the moment of genius.
Stepping away from goal to reach Muhammad’s header, Shah, 100% committed, flung himself into an acrobatic bicycle-kick, connecting perfectly with a the ball and firing a sweet shot past the keeper.
Noh Alam Shah’s tremendous goal can be seen here. (Apologises for the video quality.)