Argentine Di Maria amazes Portugal with "goal from another world"

Young Argentine winger Angel Di MariaLisbon  - Young Argentine winger Angel Di Maria is not a regular starter at Benfica, but he got wide-spread praise on Monday for a goal from 35 metres.

"Brilliant," said the sports daily A Bola of the Argentine's performance in Benfica's 3-2 win Sunday at home against Pacos de Ferreira in the Portuguese championship.

"It was a goal from another world," A Bola said.

Fellow sports daily Record, in turn, described the shot that made the score 3-1 with just three minutes of play remaining as the "Di Maria bomb."

The Argentine Olympic gold medallist, 20, has played at Benfica for a year-and-a-half, but his performances have been irregular despite an undoubted talent.

This time, he entered the pitch after 56 minutes and had a decisive role.

"The entrance of Di Maria was decisive, he made the attack more dynamic," said Benfica coach Quique Sanchez Flores. dpa