Play of the day: Freak tackle results in goal

A lower-league Spanish soccer player gave new meaning to the term 'hard in the tackle' this week when his freak challenge from deep inside his own half resulted in this incredible goal.

The name of the lucky Spanish fourth-division battler has been lost in translation, but we can confirm the strike was the winner as Vigor Lamezia defeated Tuttocuoio 1957 in Lega Pro 2, 1-0.

In atrocious conditions, Tuttocuoio were awarded a free kick just inside the opposition half and when they opted to play the ball square the attempted pass became nestled in the swamp-like surface and was duly charged down by our hero.

What followed was more Dan Carter than David Beckham, as the wind aided clearance sailed over the keeper and nestled in the back of the net, securing a victory that will long be remembered as totally ridiculous.

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