Arsenal midfielder Declan Rice, who scored a wonder goal with a mid-range shot in the 9th round match of the 2023/24 English Premier League against Chelsea, revealed the story behind his goal.
On the 23rd (Korean time), British soccer media ’90MIN’ reported, “Rice got inspiration for a mid-range goal after watching David Beckham’s documentary.” In an interview after the league match against Chelsea on the 22nd, Rice said, “While watching Beckham’s documentary, I saw Beckham’s mid-range goal against Wimbledon FC, one of Beckham’s ‘goals of a lifetime’, and then attempted a mid-range shot against Chelsea.” 카지노사이트랭크
Rice said, “Everyone was talking about Beckham’s documentary, so I watched it the night before the match. One of the highlights that appeared at the beginning of the documentary was Beckham’s mid-range shot from the halfway line against Wimbledon. I was inspired by that goal.”
In the 1996/97 season, Beckham’s team, Manchester United, met Wimbledon in the opening match of the Premier League and won 3-0. This match is also famous as the match that made the world remember Beckham’s name.
In the 42nd minute of the second half of the Wimbledon match, 22-year-old Beckham saw that opposing goalkeeper Neil Sullivan was slightly away from the goal and fired an exciting mid-range shot slightly behind the halfway line. It was a long-distance shot that had to fly over a distance of about 50 meters. The shot flew high and went straight into the goal over Sullivan’s head. It was the first goal that showed off Beckham’s legendary kicking accuracy.
Rice said, “I thought it was ridiculous when I saw that goal,” and “When a similar situation occurred in the game against Chelsea, I kicked the shot and scored.” He continued, “It was an important goal that lifted Arsenal (who were losing). He seemed satisfied with his goal, saying, “You have to keep trying to shoot. You have to shoot to score a goal.”
While the team was down 2-0 in the 9th round match against Chelsea, Rice deflected a missed pass from Chelsea goalkeeper Robert Sanchez in the 32nd minute of the second half and scored a goal. Sanchez came out of the penalty box and tried to make a short pass to the midfield area, but committed a ‘misdelivery’ by passing the ball under Rice’s feet. Afterwards, Rice did not hesitate and connected with a sensational shot that passed goalkeeper Sanchez and was sucked into the corner of the goal, creating a wonderful chase goal to move the weight of the game to 2-1.
’90MIN’ said, “Arsenal was surprisingly trailing 0-2 against Chelsea, but they were able to rekindle their fighting spirit with the goal scored by Rice. It was a wonder goal from about 35 yards (32 meters) away.”
Arsenal struggled to get a result after that, and in the 39th minute of the second half, Arsenal’s Leandro Trossard scored an additional goal, resulting in a 2-2 draw.
“It shouldn’t take too long to make a decision,” Rice said. “Players have to make decisions in less than a second,” he said. “They have to decide quickly whether to pass or shoot and then deliver the result. I’ve seen (and tried) Beckham’s long-range goal. ) He said, “I was able to end it on a good note.”
Arsenal drew against Chelsea and succeeded in picking up a valuable point in an enemy field.
In addition, the team went undefeated for 9 consecutive league games, achieving encouraging results in the competition for the league championship. Arsenal is currently tied with Manchester City in points (21 points) and is in second place in the league, behind on goal difference.