WELSH PREMIER FOOTBALL

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BANGOR City's Rodrigo Branco brought a touch of Brazilian magic to the Welsh Premier League on Saturday when he scored with a rabona in the 3-2 defeat at Bala Town.

Four minutes after coming off the bench, the 25-year-old was played in on goal and only had to tap the ball into the net for a stoppage time goal.

He could have used either foot, the inside or the outside of his foot, or a toe poke – it didn’t matter because anything would have done the job, but he went for the higher degree of difficulty with the rabona and knocked it in.

The goal caught the attention of Fox Sports who enthused "Can a rabona get any more unnecessary than that? It didn’t need to be done at all, but we still appreciate it anyway. In fact, maybe that’s why we appreciate it the most. After all, rabona goals will still always be better than non-rabona goals.

"Bangor City still lost, 2-3, but Branco gets an 'A' for effort."

Branco played for Fleetwood Town, which included a loan spell at Lancaster City, before joining Maltese Premier League side Floriana in January 2013.

After returning to the UK, he played for Isthmian League Division One South side Hastings United and then Horsham befor spending 2015/16 with Knoxville Force of the National Premier Soccer League in the USA, signing for the Citizens last August.

Rabona A method of kicking a football when the kicking leg is wrapped around the back of the standing leg–effectively with one's legs crossed.

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24 July 2017

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