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WATCH: The Assist Of Dreams Took Place Last Night

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WATCH: The Assist Of Dreams Took Place Last Night

If there was a Puskas award for assists then we already have our winner for this year.

That's because in the Romanian top flight last night, Denis Alibec produced the assist of dreams in the game between Steaua Bucharest and Astra Giurgiu - the same team that knocked out West Ham two years on the trot in the Europa League qualifying rounds.

Steaua, who are currently leaders in the Liga 1 Orange, ran out 3-0 winners at home thanks to a brace from captain Denis Alibec and a goal from Florin Tănase.

It was quite the masterful performance from Alibec as not only did he bag a double, a penalty and then a strike in the 27th minute, he produce this wondrous rabona assist for Tănase to slam home the third and final goal of the game.

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It's not even you see a rabona assist pulled off in top-flight football (and it's probably even rarer in Sunday League because you get a right good kicking if you attempted one) and this one was seriously special.

We all know that former West Ham man Dimitri Payet loves a rabona and served up a delightfully chipped cross in a 4-2 win over Watford earlier in the season.

Image: PA

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Relive that magical piece of play here:


But Alibec's sublime dwarf's Payet's effort, at least in my view, as he managed to debut a 'rabona reverse pass' - a rabona and a tidy through ball combined.

The sheer audacity and skill to not only attempt something like that but to pull it off in such stunning fashion is truly special. It's even better viewing in slow motion.

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Alibec, a Romanian international who had a very brief spell at Inter Milan, used to play for Astra, which perhaps makes it even sweeter. He scored against West Ham in the Europa League play-off round before signing for Steaua in January.

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The 26-year old has scored a total of nine goals for both Astra and Steaua this season, but his filthy rabona pass into the path of a teammate is easily his greatest contribution in the campaign.

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I challenge anyone in world football to conjure up a better assist this season. It'll take some beating.

For your viewing pleasure, here are the best of rabona goals scored over the years - including that gem of a goal Erik Lamela scored in the Europa League against Greek side Asteras Tripolis:


Featured Image Credit: Vasi Sports

Topics: Romania, Football, Assist

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