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Julio Baptista Goal: Malaga Midfielder Scores Incredible Bicycle Kick Goal (VIDEO)


First Posted: 10/03/11 12:30 PM ET Updated: 12/03/11 05:12 AM ET

Although rare in their occurrence, there are few things throughout sports that are as breathtaking as a well-performed bicycle kick.

Want proof? Check out the amazing tally that Malaga midfielder Julio Baptista netted against Getafe in Saturday's La Liga contest.

Baptista, known as "The Beast," showed remarkable balance and touch when his teammate headed the ball behind him in the box. Relying on instincts and athleticism, Baptista leaped in the air and performed a textbook bicycle kick past the goalkeeper. To make the play more impressive: The goal occurred in extra time and gave Malaga a 3-2 victory over Getafe, giving the squad sole possession of first place in La Liga.

Whether Baptista's gaol is better than Wayne Rooney's amazing bicycle kick earlier in the year is questionable, but given the circumstances and timing surrounding The Beast's beautiful play, it's up for debate.

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