Goal of the day: Valmir Berisha (Sweden U-17) vs Honduras U-17 | inside World Soccer

Valmir Berisha scored what must be a firm contender for goal of the tournament to send Sweden to the semi-finals of the U-17 World Cup in UAE with a 2-1 over Honduras.

Sweden U-17 player Valmir Berisha celebrates after scoring the winning goal against Honduras U-17
Sweden U-17 player Valmir Berisha celebrates after scoring the winning goal against Honduras U-17

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Led by their flamboyant front man Berisha, the Scandinavians, playing in their first U-17 World Cup, showed their character and produced plenty of good, flowing football too.

But Sweden had fallen behind after 37 minutes through Brayan Velásquez before Erdal Rakip slotted home the equaliser in the 68th minute.

Berisha then served notice of his potential by capping his side's comeback with a back-heel flick that compatriot Zlatan Ibrahimović would have been proud of.

Substitute Carlos Strandberg broke up the right and put a cross-field ball over to the left flank, where Anton Saletros pulled the ball back across the face of goal.

The service was a little behind Berisha, but the forward, who models his game after Ibrahimović, let it run through his legs and flicked home into the side netting with his heel.

"Berisha has to be one of the top strikers in the tournament, as simple as that," said Sweden coach Roland Larsson after the match.


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