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Awana blasted for outrageous backheel goal

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United Arab
Emirates winger Thiyab Awana has become an internet hit for scoring an
audacious backheeled penalty for his country in a 7-2 victory over
Lebanon.

But despite
the convincing scoreline and the excitement around the goal, Awana has drawn
criticism for the 'disrespectful' goal - including from his own coach.

The hosts
were already leading 6-2 when Awana tucked away the spot-kick, but coach Srecko
Katanec, who had only brought Awana on three minutes before, substituted him
immediately afterwards.

"This
penalty, I didn't like it. We must respect players from other teams. In future
you don't know what football will give you back," Katanec said after the game.

"He's a young guy and he
knew he made a mistake immediately. I just want him to show respect, not just
on the field but off it as well."

A Lebanese
team official saw red after a furious reaction to the penalty, but Lebanon
coach Emile Rustom tried to defuse the incident afterwards.

"I didn't
feel it was an insult and this is my attitude," Rustom said.

"This is a personal decision
the player made and it has nothing to do with the way the UAE plays its
football."

Watch the
extraordinary goal here:

 

 

 

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