Football / Ligue 1. Wahbi Khazri, the gem that hurt FC Metz so badly

68 meters. We are not talking about a hammer throw from Quentin Bigot, but about the new record established Saturday night by Wahbi Khazri, author of the most distant goal recorded since the statisticians of Opta analyzed the figures of Ligue 1, in 2006 .

The Saint-Étienne striker dethroned the Niçois David Hellebuyck (66 meters in 2008) and the Evian player Saber Khalifa (64 meters in 2013). A breathtaking performance that offers him a good chance of being among the contenders for the Puskás Prize, which rewards the most beautiful goal of the year.

Antonetti defends Oukidja

“I put the ball back and I don’t have too many solutions, I try and there is success at the end,” simply described the Tunisian international, who took advantage of the very advanced position of Alexandre Oukidja. “A goalkeeper must be there to anticipate the balloons in depth”, justifies Frédéric Antonetti, who bowed before this stroke of genius. “He made a classy gesture, well done. Wahbi Khazri had an inspiration from a great player, that he is. I have known it since he was in Bastia. “

Trained on the Isle of Beauty, the native of Ajaccio had already tried long strikes several times this season, “seven or eight times” according to his trainer Claude Puel, without success so far. He chose his day well: this jewel did a lot of harm to the Messins and Oukidja probably had a nightmare about it all night. “This lob is very well balanced, deep enough, very straight,” Puel appreciates. The public of Saint-Symphorien will remember it.

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