Women's Football

Anatomy of a Goal: Sarah Zadrazil's crossbar-clipping wonderstrike vs Chelsea

Matt O'Connor-Simpson
May 2, 2021, 6:45 PM GMT+1
Zadrazil's strike was not enough to prevent Bayern crashed out of the Champions League
Zadrazil's strike was not enough to prevent Bayern crashed out of the Champions League / Catherine Ivill/Getty Images

A quick glimpse at the scoresheet and you'd think there was nothing too notable about Sarah Zadrazil's goal for Bayern Munich in their Women's Champions League semi-final defeat to Chelsea.

Scored just before the half-hour mark, it levelled up the scores 1-1 'on the night' - yes, we know the game was played at midday - as well as edging Die Roten back in front 3-2 on aggregate. By full-time, though, Zadrazil's contribution had been made redundant by goals from Ji So-yun, Pernille Harder and, finally, Fran Kirby, who also grabbed the Blues' opener.

However, it is not just the importance of a goal that makes it memorable. Some of the best strikes of all-time have meant absolutely nothing in the games in which they were scored.

Zadrazil's effort on Sunday afternoon very much fits into this category.

The goal began with every supporters' worst nightmare - a short corner. Bayern's routine seemed doomed to fail like so many 'too clever for their own good' efforts before it, with Chelsea clearing the delayed cross without any difficulty.

The ball then bobbled innocently enough away from goal, with Zadrazil waiting about 25 yards out.
Opening up her body she caressed the ball delicately onto her right foot. What happened next was anything but delicate.

Fran Kirby, Sarah Zadrazil
Zadrazil in pursuit of Fran Kirby after her goal / Catherine Ivill/Getty Images

Taking a few lightning quick steps to set herself perfectly, Zadrazil unleashed a ridiculous dipping half-volley. From the moment it left her boot it looked special, with the usually spotless Ann-Katrin Berger given no chance. For added style points the ball clipped the crossbar on its way in, taking the strike into god-tier territory.

Full marks for the celebrations as well. Everyone got involved with a host of ecstatic red shirts sprinting after an equally euphoric Zadrazil.

Chelsea may have won the match and the tie, but the Austrian's unstoppable effort means Bayern should at least pick up a consolation Goal of the Tournament trophy in the summer.