Sat Apr 17 02:16pm EDT
Inter Milan defender Maicon spectacularly broke a 0-0 deadlock in the 75th minute of Friday's Derby d'Italia against Juventus with a superb display of juggling that he turned into a perfect volley out of the reach of Juve goalkeeper Gigi Buffon. A man up following Momo Sissoko's red card in the 37th minute, Inter sealed the victory that put them back atop Serie A with a second goal from Samuel Eto'o in stoppage time, sending Juventus fans already demanding a refund on their season tickets into a slightly deeper depression.
After the match, Eto'o was quick to echo the immediate praise for his teammate's display, saying, "I think Maicon scored the best goal of the season so far." And it's easy to agree.
Whether it wins that arbitrary superlative or not, it was certainly enough to conjure comparisons to Maicon's fellow Brazilian and Milan rival Ronaldinho and remind us all ahead of the World Cup why the Samba Kings are so dangerous. Even their defenders can do that.