Tottenham seek to win back-to-back Puskas awards after goal nomination

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Erik Lamela’s rabona goal in Tottenham colours against Arsenal has been shortlisted for the 2021 Puskas Award. 

The Argentine winger, who departed Spurs to join Sevilla in the summer, was at the centre of attention in the North London Derby at the Emirates Stadium back in March this year. 

He opened the scoring for visiting Spurs with a stunning rabona effort through the legs of Arsenal midfielder Thomas Partey, which arrowed into the corner of Bernd Leno’s net. 

Arsenal, though, would ultimately take the spoils with a 2-1 win and Lamela also saw red later into the encounter after picking up a second yellow card. 

The strike was the second of its kind in the 29-year-old’s career, as he tallied his first rabona in a Europa League game for Spurs against Asteras Tripolis in 2014. 

Should Lamela’s strike be voted as the goal of the year, it would be the second successive time a Tottenham goal has been selected, after Heung-min Son’s solo effort against Burnley in 2020 secured last year’s award.  

Spurs Web Opinion 

Despite the result in such a big game, you can’t fault the ridiculousness and sheer talent behind the strike. Lamela has always had something like that in his locker, it’s just a shame we didn’t get to see it enough or on a more consistent basis. 

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