Ex-Man City player Vladimir Weiss wins UCL tie with last-minute olimpico goal

Former Man City, Bolton, and Rangers player Vladimir Weiss produced a stunning olimpico goal to win a Champions League tie for Slovan Bratislava.  

The Slovakian international, now 32, was considered a wonderkid during his time in Manchester City’s youth setup. In 2006, the Citizens snapped up the talented prospect from his hometown side, Inter Bratislava.

However, this move did not materialise into first-team football at the Etihad. Instead, Weiss had numerous loan spells over a three-year period, cementing his status as a footballing journeyman. These loan moves included stints at Bolton, Espanyol, and Rangers.

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After six years at Manchester City, and just five first-team appearances, Weiss moved to Italian side Pescara. Unfortunately, the winger only played one season in Italy, after which he moved to Olympiacos. Then, Weiss spent six years in Qatar before returning to his hometown with Slovan Bratislava in 2020.

Here, Weiss has established himself as a first-team regular and is currently the club captain. In addition, Slovan have tasted domestic success, winning the Slovakian league in back-to-back years.

As league winners, they can qualify for the Champions League in 2022/23, starting in the first qualifying round.

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Dinamo Batumi vs Slovan Bratislava

Weiss’ side took on Georgian league leaders Dinamo Batumi in the first qualifying round. After a tense 0-0 draw in the first leg, everything hinged on the reverse fixture.

Incredibly, neither side could break the deadlock after a further 90 minutes. The match was a cagey affair on the whole, with the Slovan goalie arguably the busier of the two keepers. As a result, extra time was required to try and separate the two domestic champions.

Mercifully, after 194 minutes of goalless football, Dinamo Batumi took the lead. Winger Zuriko Davitashvili put the hosts 1-0 up via a thumping near-post finish. This forced the visitors to go hell for leather to keep their European dreams alive.

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With just five minutes of extra time remaining, Bratislava found an equaliser. Substitute Tigran Barseghyan produced a vital goal to even the score line.

Following some intelligent interplay on the edge of the box, a shooting opportunity opened up. Then, a lucky deflection carried the midfielder’s shot past the keeper.

Penalties beckoned until one man showcased a flash of his talent in added time.

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Vladimir Weiss scores outrageous olimpico goal

Way past the 120-minute mark, Slovan had an opportunity to snatch a winner from a corner. Weiss stood over the set piece, with everyone set for a cross into the box.

However, the former Man City man had other ideas.

Incredibly, Weiss spotted the goalkeeper miles off his line. So, instead of swinging in a cross, he whipped a low effort into the back of the net directly from the corner spot. The Dinamo keeper, realising his error, dived back to try and keep the shot out, but it was no use.

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Unbelievably, Vladimir Weiss had won the tie at the death, his olimpico goal making the final score 2-1. It is a truly amazing way to win a football match – that is, by scoring directly from a corner.

Thanks to Weiss’ heroics, Slovan Bratislava are in the second qualifying round of the Champions League. Here, they will face the Hungarian side Ferencvaros.

Featured image credit: YouTube/SK Slovan Bratislava

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