Burak Yilmaz launched an absolute rocket - with his weaker left foot - to put Lille 2-0 up against Lens and firmly in charge of the Ligue 1 title race.
His teammates' emotional reaction told you just how vital this worldie was, as the Lens keeper didn't even move. Lille went into Friday night's tricky away game at Lens just one point ahead of Paris Saint-Germain and knowing they couldn't afford to slip up.
So the response to Yilmaz giving them a two-goal cushion - by picking up the ball miles out from goal, turning and firing it into the top corner - was understandable.
Thirty Yard Thriller!!
Burak Yilmaz fires in a rocket from outside of the box! ☄️
Could that be the strike that wins Ligue 1 for Lille:trophy: pic.twitter.com/QssZS7VbyR
- Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) May 7, 2021
His strike partner Jonathan David clasped both hands to his head in total disbelief as Yilmaz wheeled away in celebration after his 15th - and surely greatest - league goal of the season.
By the team the veteran Turkish striker had slid along the pitch in celebration, pretty much the whole Lille team had arrived to join in a prolonged celebration with Yilmaz.
That number 9 can't believe it :joy::joy: https://t.co/LfCeMUVc4l- William Busst (@BusstWilliam) May 7, 2021
Keeper had absolutely no chance. What a strike. Worthy of a title winning goal.- Lewis Stubbs:flag_black::flag_dk: (@LewisStubbs1302) May 7, 2021
Burak Yilmaz is the most underrated striker in Europe in the last decade- Red&Yellow (@Ataqoz) May 7, 2021
Going into it, the fixture was widely seen as the hardest of Lille's three remaining Ligue 1 games this season. So to go 2-0 up inside the first half - Yilmaz already having given them the lead with a penalty - it must have felt like the title was in touching distance (especially with Lens down to 10 men after Clement Michelin's red card).
Mauricio Pochetto's PSG have to hope that Lille slip up to have any chance of winning the league title in France, but Yilmaz's strike could just be the moment Ligue 1 slipped away from them.
As for the 35-year-old striker himself: what a special goal in a crucial match.
We'd hate to imagine how hard he can hit them with his right boot.
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