Brazilian footballer scores utterly bizarre goal – but was it cheating? (VIDEO)
Football fans have been left baffled by a goal for Brazilian team Jacuipense, which some have humorously touted as a potential Puskas Award contender.
The bizarre scenes came on the first matchday of the state championship in Bahia, which, alongside other equivalents in Sao Paulo and Rio, is a precursor to the national league kicking off in April.
The local tournaments feature big teams that compete in the Brasileirao Serie A, but also a number of minnows.
Two outfits that fall into the latter category are Jacuipense and Doce Mel (or 'Sweet Honey' in English), who faced off at Jacuipense's 5,000-seater Valfredao stadium on Saturday.
Deep into the second half, with the score deadlocked 0-0, number 9 Jeam found himself wedged between two Doce Mel men in the box as he attempted to meet a cross.
Desperately want to believe Jeam meant this for Jacuipense pic.twitter.com/RyPRxuXwGS— James Dart (@James_Dart) January 17, 2022
Baianão começou do jeito que a gente gosta🤭 pic.twitter.com/uQMB6xOR6w— Eric Luis Carvalho (@eluiscarvalho) January 15, 2022
Going to ground, he appeared to trap the ball between his legs and then let off a stunning flick that lobbed a helpless goalkeeper and a defender trying to clear the ball off the line with the end product a 70th winner that sealed three points.
As footage of the goal spread, fans online mocked Jeam for forgetting all about a supposed knock in the collision with his opponents, which saw him ready to put in a penalty shout.
"Suddenly the injury was nonexistent" highlighted one observer.
"That guy was whining a second ago," pointed out another fan with a crying-with-laughter emoji.
That guy was whining a second ago🤣— V (@mabs_mabandla) January 16, 2022
Suddenly the injury was nonexistent after the goal 💀— 𝑳𝒘𝒂𝒏𝒅𝒊𝒍𝒆 (@Lwandile_DL) January 16, 2022
"I watched it 10 times to understand," claimed a Brazilian.
"He was hurt and got up running to celebrate."
"In China they have Shaolin Soccer, here we have Capoeira Soccer," quipped a compatriot.
More commonly, the goal was jokingly talked up as a contender for the Puskas Award gong handed out to the best strike in a calendar year.
him winning the puskas award: pic.twitter.com/86EpZzxvbr— La Watame de la U (FUERZA GOYO!!!) (@WatameDeLaU) January 16, 2022
Puskas!!!— Alan Rodriguez (@AlanAlanmonu) January 17, 2022
"I won't understand if it's not nominated," stressed another onlooker from South America's largest country.
"Jealous people will say it's not intended," it was also said.
But not everyone was duped, and one Twitter user provided a replay that showed Jeam might well have employed the infamous 'Hand of God' tactics seen by Diego Maradona in the 1986 World Cup for Argentina against England.
Uma mãozinha pro gol pic.twitter.com/Tz2ApuTckz— Raphael Carneiro, CFP® (@R_Carneiro) January 16, 2022
"Wow, nobody saw it," said the sharer of the original clip.
"Not even the Doce Mel players realized," replied a separate party, only to be told that other footage revealed how some of them protested that foul play might have literally been at hand.