By 90Min
October 09, 2017

German international Leon Goretzka created even more of a stir on Sunday night than he has in recent months after scoring a superbly improvised backheel goal for his country in their final World Cup qualifier against Azerbaijan.

Goretzka, who had scored five times in 11 previous games for Germany at senior level, broke the deadlock inside the first eight minutes of the contest in wonderfully imaginative fashion.

The 22-year-old was facing away from goal as the ball broke to him from a corner, but unleashed a surprisingly powerful and accurate backheel to beat Azerbaijani goalkeeper Salahat Aghayev.

Already guaranteed top spot in qualifying Group C before the game, the goal didn't open the floodgates for Germany, though. Azerbaijan actually equalised first through Ramil Sheydaev.

It was only after half-time that the Germans took control, extending the lead through Timo Werner and Antonio Rudiger, before Goretzka scored his second of the night. Emre Can then rounded things off, making it 5-1 to the home side in the closing stages.

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As for Goretzka's immediate future, the midfielder is rumoured to have already had a number of suitors on his tail. 

His contract at Schalke is currently due to expire at the end of the season, making him eligible for talks and a possible pre-contract agreement as of 1st January.

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