Sunday 26 January 2020

WATCH - Papiss Cisse scores the most absurd goal you'll see all season

Sean Gibson

Describing a goal as "unstoppable" evokes images of 30-yard piledrivers or whipped, arcing shots into the top corner of the net.

However, unstoppable strikes come in greater variety than you may first imagine - as evidenced this weekend by former Newcastle forward Papiss Cisse.

The 'keeper was never going to be able to track the flight on this shot from the Senegalese, and could only watch helplessly as it floated into the net.

Somewhere in the first chapter of the 'How to Football' textbook it says you should shoot by keeping your body over the ball and putting your foot through it.

Cisse, however, is a rare example of what can happen if you put both feet through the ball.

Papiss always had a touch of brilliance buried among his generally iffy form at Newcastle - perhaps he could explain how he did it. Maybe he'll even say he meant it.

The goal provided scant consolation for Shandong Luneng Taishan, Cisse's new team, who lost the match 4-1 to and remain 10th in the Chinese Super League, mired in mid-table mediocrity.

31-year-old Cisse is partnered up front by Graziano Pelle, the former Southampton striker, having moved from Tyneside over the summer.

Despite his team's middling progress, Cisse himself will probably be pleased with a record of five goals in 11 appearances for Shandong, after notching only three in 21 in his final season in the Premier League.

Once the goals dried up at St James' Park, Cisse more frequently hit the headlines for the wrong reasons - caught up in a spitting row with Manchester United's Jonny Evans, and a love triangle when he went on holiday without his girlfriend and married someone else while he was away.

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