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Italian midfielder scores freak 75-yard slide tackle goal

Ryan Bailey
Dirty Tackle

When lower league Italian football appears within the confines of DT, it's often due to some kind of outrageously unsubtle match fixing or an amazing dug-out headbutt celebration. Now, calcio earns the spotlight for a freak goal happened in the fourth division tie between Tuttocuoio 1957 and Vigor Lamezia on Sunday afternoon.

Lamezia midfielder Domenico Zampaglione won the match for the visitors at Tuttocuoio's Santa Croce sull'Arno stadium in Tuscany when he went in for a crunching slide tackle in his own half. The wind carried the ball around 75 yards and all the way into the opposition net, creating what is surely one of the most impressive unintentional goals of all time.

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Tuttocuoio 1957 manager Massimiliano Alvini was utterly unimpressed with the situation, telling the Italian press: "We played on a field that had nothing to do with football and the game was decided by an episode that has nothing to do with football."

The goal is even more ridiculous the one German defender Sebastian Langkamp managed in a 2009 Bundesliga meeting between Bayer Leverkusen and Karlsruher:

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