What is it with former Fiorentina fullbacks doing cool stuff recently? First it was Marcos Alonso, who set up a Pedro goal with a lovely pass off his weaker right foot. Now it’s Facundo Roncaglia, currently with Celta Vigo, who’s controlling a chip over the top, turning his man in the box, cutting back, and slipping a curler around the keeper with his weaker left foot for the equalizer against Valencia.
For what it’s worth, I doubt that Roncaglia, who’s best known for preventing goals rather than scoring them (crushing the puny mortals on the opposite team who so much think of scoring goals is a preventative measure, right?), knew he had this in him either. Then again, he does have a penchant for absurdly good goals.
Facundo joined Celta on a Bosman this summer, and the replacements that Corvino has brought in (Carlos Salcedo and Sebastian de Maio) have been quite solid. But in a match that wound together numerous Viola-colored threads—Cesare Prandelli is in charge of Valencia, Mario Suarez picked up a booking shortly before Ronca’s goal, Giuseppe Rossi was an unused substitute—it’s nice to see a Fiorentina man produce a moment of such outrageous quality. Especially if it’s Facundo.