Andreas Iniesta has dazzled fans with a sublime piece of skill to score a his first goal in the Japanese league.
The former Barcelona star’s individual brilliance resulted in his maiden goal for new club Vissel Kobe.
Iniesta linked up with former Arsenal star Lukas Podolski to start the move on the left side of the field, right on the halfway line – but it’s what happened next that had fans stunned.
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The 34-year-old made a darting diagonal run to the edge of the penalty area, and following a perfect pass from Podolski, he produced a classy touch to turn the defender.
The quick touch and drag turned the Jubilo Iwata defender inside-out, and left Iniesta one-on-one with the goalkeeper.
Congrats for the fantastic first goal in J league, Andrés! Looking forward to your magic from now on.
— Tak (@tak_0428) August 12, 2018
Iniesta with a smooth first touch, calmly eliminating all defenders, leaving them in his wake and on track to round the keeper for his first goal of the Season. Coolness personified
— BAILEY (@M_A_B1991) August 12, 2018
Instead of taking the shot immediately, he produced a further moment of magic by fooling the goalkeeper and taking it around him – leaving just the net in his sights.
The superb goal certainly showed that Iniesta hasn’t skipped a beat since his big-money move to Japan.
Muy contento por la victoria de hoy! Vamoooooos @vissel_kobe! Ahora a por el partido del miércoles. Seguimos!!
— Andrés Iniesta (@andresiniesta8) August 11, 2018
Vissel Kobe went on to win the match 2-1 over Jubilo Iwata in the J League fixture.