Watch: Barcelona youngster Gavi scores outrageously good solo goal
Barcelona’s youth revolution has been one of the few positives from an otherwise dismal season, and Pablo ‘Gavi’ Gavira continued this in style.
In a dramatic 3-2 win over newly-promoted Elche, it was the kids who stepped up, with all three goals coming from fresh Barcelona B graduates: Ferran Jutgla, Gavi and Nico Gonzalez.
Xavi has not had the ideal start to life as manager of the club where he became a legend as a player, but he will have been ecstatic at the way his young team ground out a victory late on for a crucial three points.
Gavi scored the pick of the bunch, with a goal that Xavi himself would have been proud of.
Receiving a pass from Clement Lenglet in the middle of the park, the 17-year-old took a silky turn with a backheel and dribbled forward, before beating the onrushing defender with a deft touch and sending in a low finish via the post.
Not many 17-year-olds can carry a Barcelona team in the way Gavi did with this goal. The Elche defenders couldn’t handle his pace and trickery which resembled a certain Lionel Messi in his younger days, whilst wearing the No.30 shirt that Messi also started out with.
The goal meant Barcelona were 2-0 up within 20 minutes at the Camp Nou, but they were stunned to concede two in two minutes in the second half which levelled the score up before Gonzalez fired in a late winner.
The win sent Barcelona up to seventh place as they look for a top-four finish, and they will need the young Spain international to keep up this incredible form if they are to stand a chance.
Are you watching, Philippe Coutinho?
That is SPECIAL from Gavi! 😱
A fantastic individual goal from the Barca youngster 🔵🔴 pic.twitter.com/ANq20DFgti
— Premier Sports (@PremierSportsTV) December 18, 2021