Must-See Goal: Dorlan Pabon

Pabon (Getty Images)

Bend it like Beckham, meet Power it like Pabon.

Colombian side Atletico Nacional sits atop its group in the Copa Libertadores, and the play of Dorlan Pabon is a big reason why. The 24-year-old Colombian international attacker, who leads the tournament with six goals, sent a powerful, swerving free kick from more than 40 yards into the right upper 90 as part of Atletico Nacional's 3-0 victory over Penarol Tuesday night that is worth at least a few looks. 

Atletico Nacional is one of seven clubs that have already clinched places in the tournament's Round of 16, joining Brazilian sides Vasco de Gama and Fluminense, Chilean sides Union Espanola and and Universidad de Chile, Argentine side Lanus and Paraguayan side Libertad. With teams having just one or two group games remaining, 17 sides are alive for the final nine berths in the knockout round.

Video of Pabon's vicious strike is after the jump:

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16 Responses to Must-See Goal: Dorlan Pabon

  1. Taylor says:

    imagine if that had hit the guy on the end of the wall in the face. that’s a concussion right there

  2. Joel says:

    I loved that over-the-shoulder view. Incredible swerve on the ball.

  3. Richard says:

    Roberto Carlos-esque

  4. MC Pharaoh says:

    sign him up MLS

  5. Zac says:

    Holy crap he smoked that ball!

  6. DanO says:

    Gotta love the wall doing its job. That said, no way I’d put my face in front of that missile.

  7. thaDeuce says:

    There was some bend on that ball there.

  8. Isaac says:

    NAAAAAAHHH… Word??!?!?!?!

  9. uksubs says:

    if you have a chance, watch Atletico Nacional play, you won’t regret it.

  10. Cardinal says:

    That’s what she said…

    Sorry, I couldn’t resist.

  11. GorillaWearsJockStraps says:

    i think one of the side affects of penarol is dizzyness, so the swerve may not have been intentional. its a pharmaceutical company like bayern, right?

  12. NDS10 says:

    Oh my goodness . . . wow.

    You used the right word Avi, that was absolutely vicious.

  13. john says:


    He’s been tearing the Colombian league for a while now and if he doesn’t head to Europe this summer he’ll end up in Mexico.

  14. Andy in Atlanta says:

    Wall fail… but I hardly blame them.. I like my brain too…