Has Nadiem Amiri sealed the 2021 Puskas award already? Bayer Leverkusen forward scores outrageous goal with back-heel finish after first-touch nutmeg to beat last Frankfurt defender in Bundesliga clash
- Nadiem Amiri pulled off two wonderful pieces of skill for Bayer Leverkusen
- The German first beat Eintracht Frankfurt defender Erik Durm with a nutmeg
- He then produced a stunning back-heel to beat the onrushing Kevin Trapp
- But Frankfurt won through Amin Younes and Edmond Tapsoba’s own goal
Just two days into the New Year and Bayer Leverkusen forward Nadiem Amiri may well have already sealed the 2021 Puskas Award following a stunning back-heel finish.
With less than 10 minutes gone in Leverkusen’s first match of the new year against Eintracht Frankfurt, the 24-year-old German pulled off two special pieces of skill to put the visitors ahead.
Amiri received a clipped pass from youngster Florian Wirtz, but with the ball slightly behind him the attacking midfielder knew he would have to be creative, and he was just that by channelling his inner Dennis Bergkamp, beating the last man as the Dutchman did for his wondergoal against Newcastle in 2002.
Nadiem Amiri has put himself in Puskas Award contention just two days into 2021 following a stunning goal for Bayer Leverkusen
The 24-year-old produced two stunning pieces of skill to score against Eintracht Frankfurt
He superbly controlled the pass with his right foot and simultaneously put himself through on goal with the touch nutmegging former Borussia Dortmund and Huddersfield full-back Erik Durm.
And after keeping his balance and taking a touch with his left foot, Amiri conjured up another bit of magic by back-heeling the ball with his right foot under the advancing Frankfurt goalkeeper Kevin Trapp.
The goal however did not bring Peter Bosz’s side the three points that would have seen them, for the time being at least, jump above Bayern Munich into first place in the Bundesliga.
Amiri received a pass from Florian Wirtz and then nutmegged last defender Erik Durm
He then produced a sensational back-heel with his right foot to beat goalkeeper Kevin Trapp
Amin Younes equalised 12 minutes later for the hosts before an Edmond Tapsoba own goal nine minutes into the second half handed them victory.
Amiri’s stunning effort was only his second Bundesliga goal of the season and third overall, with his others coming in a 4-2 defeat of Freiburg in November and in the first game of the Europa League group stages against Nice.
The 2020 Puskas Award was won by Tottenham forward Son Heung-min after his dazzling run against Burnley in December 2019.
Beating the likes of Luis Suarez and his incredible backheel chip against Mallorca on the same day 13 months ago, the South Korean picked up the ball on the edge of the box, before running the length of the pitch, escaping six players and slotting past the goalkeeper.
Frankfurt came back to win through Amin Younes and Edmond Tapsoba’s own goal (above)
Tottenham forward Son Heung-min won the 2020 Puskas Award for his effort against Burnley