LONDON - Stoke City midfielder Charlie Adam scored one of the greatest goals in Premier League history to stun leaders Chelsea on Saturday.
With his side trailing 1-0 at Stamford Bridge, Adam illuminated a drab evening in west London with an audacious bolt from the blue in the 44th minute.
Taking possession well inside his own half, the Scotland international looked up to see Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois had strayed off his line.
Even so it initially seemed nothing more than a reckless gamble when Adam shaped to shoot, yet his incredible drive from 65 yards out arrowed over Courtois, who could only help the ball into the net as he back-pedalled in a futile attempt to prevent the wonder-goal.
Adam's moment of magic brought back memories of David Beckham's famous lob from the halfway line against Wimbledon in 1996, a goal widely regarded as one of the best in the Premier League's 23-year history.
The stunning strike also earned comparisons with Manchester United star Wayne Rooney's gem against West Ham last season, Xabi Alonso's goal from inside his own half for Liverpool against Newcastle in 2006 and Maynor Figueroa's goal from the halfway line for Wigan against Stoke in 2009.