Though RB Leipzig suffered a 2-1 defeat at home to Besiktas on Wednesday night, Naby Keita added to his tally of goals with a stunning effort.
Keita notched his fifth of the season from central midfield with another driving run forward through the Besiktas defence, momentarily levelling the scores.
But a late Anderson Talisca strike ended any hopes of a dramatic winner for the German side, leaving Leipzig in third and facing a Europa League campaign in the new year, while the Turkish outfit topped the group to progress with Porto.
Keita’s goal, his second of the season in the UEFA Champions League, was a moment of inspiration and opportunism.
Seizing possession deep in midfield, Keita drove past several challenges into space, slipped past the last defender and buried his finish—finally finding a way past stand-in goalkeeper Tolga Zengin.
YEEEESSSSS!!!!! ?? PRAISE THE LORD!!!! Somehow Naby #Keïta has found a way past this flaming keeper! (87')#UCL #RBLBJK 1-1 pic.twitter.com/Kgd2OqYzPX
— RB Leipzig English (@RBLeipzig_EN) December 6, 2017
In Europe this season, playing five times in the Champions League, Keita has averaged 2.6 shots per game and more than four dribbles a match—that’s better than any of the Reds’ central midfielders in both categories.
And it’s yet another reason for Reds fans to look forward to his impending arrival in the summer of 2018.