'Outrageous': Erik Lamela's 'ridiculous' act stuns football world

Andrew Reid
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Pictured here, Erik Lamela celebrates after scoring a rabona goal for Tottenham against Arsenal.
Erik Lamela stunned football fans with an amazing rabona goal for Tottenham against Arsenal. Pic: Getty/Optus Sport

Tottenham's Erik Lamela has gone from hero to zero against Arsenal after following up one of the great Premier League goals with a red card in his side's 2-1 derby defeat.

Arsenal recovered from Lamela's astonishing Rabona opener to beat 10-man Tottenham 2-1 in a dramatic north London derby despite the absence of exiled captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

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Lamela scored one of the most audacious goals in Premier League history with an exquisite strike in the first half at the Emirates Stadium.

But the Tottenham forward went from hero to villain when he was sent off for a second booking after Jose Mourinho's side blew the lead.

Martin Odegaard had equalised with a deflected effort just before half-time and Alexandre Lacazette sealed the points with a controversial second half penalty.

Lamela's moment of genius was ruined by his red card and it was Arsenal's day as they beat Tottenham for the first time in six games.

The win was even more impressive given that Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta caused a storm by dropping Aubameyang as punishment for reportedly turning up late for a pre-match team meeting.

After being out-played for the first 33 minutes, Tottenham took the lead in outrageous fashion with their only shot of the half.

A cross-field ball from Gareth Bale found Lucas Moura in the Arsenal box, who laid a ball into the path of Lamela.

The pass was slightly behind the Argentine so he flicked his back foot behind his standing front leg to guide an audacious finish through Thomas Partey's legs and past Bernd Leno into the far corner.

"This is one of the best goals I've ever seen in the Premier League. We've never seen anything like this," former Tottenham midfielder Jamie Redknapp told Sky Sports.

Lamela's extraordinary goal left fans equally gobsmacked on social media.

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Lamela goes from hero to zero

Despite the stunning opener from the visitors, Arsenal hit back strongly with their 44th minute equaliser.

Kieran Tierney's cross reached Odegaard and the on-loan Real Madrid midfielder swivelled for a low shot that deflected off Tottenham's Toby Alderweireld as it beat the wrong-footed Hugo Lloris.

Arteta's men took the lead in the 64th minute when Nicolas Pepe's pass gave Lacazette a sight of goal and Davinson Sanchez made a despairing lunge that clattered into the French striker.

Lacazette appeared to have scuffed his attempted shot before the contact by Sanchez but to the surprise of many, VAR found no reason to overturn referee Michael Oliver's penalty decision.

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Lacazette picked himself up to slot home the penalty, before Lamela saw red in the 76th minute after crashing his arm into Tierney's face.

Tottenham laid seige to Lloris's goal, but Harry Kane hit a post with his free-kick in the final moments.

After just a third loss against the Gunners in Mourinho's career, Tottenham remain without a win at Arsenal since 2010 and are six points adrift of fourth-placed Chelsea, with Arteta's team a further four points behind.

Mourinho was furious with the penalty decision, saying: "We played really bad in the first half. No intensity or pressing. Some important players hiding. But no post-match interviews for referees? That is a pity.

"My record with Michael Oliver on penalties with Chelsea, United and Tottenham is unlucky.

"I did not complain but when I watch back on the iPad it is what it is. If somebody has a different opinion it has to be one of the big Arsenal fans with a season ticket."

with AFP

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