Forget Champions League, last night’s best goal came from Southend

We’ve already seen plenty of world-class goals this week alone – from Cristiano Ronaldo‘s towering header against Crotone to Olivier Giroud‘s inch-perfect bicycle kick against Atletico Madrid.

Southend’s Nathan Ferguson, however, may have topped the lot after scoring an incredible long-distance goal in the 67th minute of his side’s 3-1 victory over Forest Green in League Two.

With the relegation-battling Shrimpers already commanding a surprise 2-0 lead against their promotion-chasing opposition, Ferguson won the ball back on the halfway line after an offensive free kick had been cleared.

The 25-year-old took a touch to get the ball under control, turned and unleashed a stunning strike from all of 45 yards out.

The ball arrowed into the top left corner, leaving Forest Green ‘keeper Lewis Thomas helpless.

And the strike left Ferguson’s team-mates speechless as well – as you can see by Simeon Akinola (number nine)’s reaction in the clip below.

It was the second goal Ferguson has scored for Southend since joining the club from Crawley Town in January.

He scored on his debut for his new side in a 5-1 defeat away to Port Vale.

Jamille Matt’s 90th-minute consolation goal for Forest Green took some of the shine off the scoreline for Southend, but it was a crucial victory in their fight against relegation.

The battle for League Two survival

Mark Molesley’s side have spent much of the season in the bottom two of the 24-team division, having picked up just six points from their first 15 games.

Their form has steadily improved since, though, with the Shrimpers now sitting a point above the drop zone in 22nd position. They have played two more games than Barrow below them.

It is Southend’s first season back in the fourth tier, having been relegated from the shortened League One season via points per game last term.

Their next match sees them take on Salford City at Roots Hall on Saturday.

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