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Arsenal fans left gobsmacked by outrageous Alessia Russo touch before first World Cup goal


Aug 1, 2023
Arsenal fans left gobsmacked by outrageous Alessia Russo touch before first World Cup goal


Arsenal fans were left blown away by Alessia Russo’s outrageous touch before her goal for England on Tuesday.

The Gunners forward netted her first-ever World Cup goal with a fine finish against China in a 6-1 win for the Lionesses.

Russo kick-started her World Cup campaign on Tuesday


Russo kick-started her World Cup campaign on TuesdayCredit: Getty

In the build-up to the goal, Russo pulled off an incredible piece of control, before twisting out of trouble and releasing the ball into the channel.

Later in the move, Lauren James collected the scraps and in the blink of an eye, Russo trapped the ball and unleashed a shot that trickled into the corner to give the Lionesses a perfect start in their group stage clash.

Arsenal fans are loving the goal, as well, with Ian Wright leading the acclaim on social media.

The Gunners legend tweeted: “RUSSO!!!!!!!!”

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And he was not alone with another writing: “That touch and run from Russo was quality.”

A third said: “Arsenal tweeting about Russo is something I will NEVER get tired of. What a start. Wonderful goal.”

Another wrote: “I will never get tired of Russo being an Arsenal player.”

England went on to make it three before half-time when Lauren Hemp slotted past Yu Zhu in the Chinese net after a brilliant pass through from James, who grabbed her second assist of the match in the process.

England put China to the sword in the first-half


England put China to the sword in the first-halfCredit: Getty

Just before the half-time whistle, the Chelsea star, whose brother Reece also plays for the Blues, got herself on the scoresheet with a brilliant shot from a well-worked set piece.

As for Russo, it has been some year for the 24-year-old, who is off the mark for the Lionesses at the World Cup.

After three years at Manchester United, she made the move to Arsenal in the summer.

Her goal has got them excited for what is to come ahead of next season while the Maidstone-born ace is certainly a player to get fans out of seats.

Arsenal were desperate to sign Russo earlier this year when in January they bid two world-record bids for the forward.

The second bid amounted £500,000, which would have broken the record that was set by Barcelona when they signed Keira Walsh in September 2022.

However, United rejected both offers only to lose the player for nothing after missing out on European competition.

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