Assist of the Week: Rafael (Hellas Verona) v Ternana

This is playground football at its best.

Monday night in Italy saw fallen giants Hellas Verona, now slumming it in Serie C1/B, take on league leaders Ternana in a top of the table clash.

San Marino international forward Andy Selva put Verona in front midway through the first half, but it was the hosts’ goal at the end of the second period which grabbed all the headlines.

We pick up the action deep into injury time at the end of the match, with Ternana having one last throw of the dice with a corner. Sadly for the visitors the dead-ball was plucked out of the air by home keeper Rafael, but rather than rest on his laurels the goalie immediately launched a counter-attack.

Throwing the ball out to himself, the number one raced out of his area whilst holding off challenges from the opposition, before threading a through-ball to striker Diego Farias who was standing unmarked on the halfway line. And with the Ternana keeper caught in no-mans-land, Farias was able to strike home the killer second into an empty and unguarded net.

Footage of the incident can be seen here. (Apologies for the quality of the video.)