Former Liverpool starlet scores 40-yard free-kick winner in Copa Del Rey shock

Dani Pacheco

Dani Pacheco has scored a goal to remember for his new team AD Alcorcon.

When Liverpool snapped up Dani Pacheco from Barcelona in 2007 he came with a glowing reputation as one of the hottest talents in Spanish football.

A Spanish Under-16 international, he continued to show promise throughout his years on Merseyside. At the 2010 European Under-19 Championships for Spain he won the Golden Boot, he helped Liverpool win the Reserve League and got game-time for the first team.

But he was really given the opportunity to earn his place in the team on loan spells away from the club.

A short spell at Norwich City saw him win a few fans but his term with Atletico Madrid was much less profitable. His time spent with Rayo Vallecano was just as fruitless - both loans saw the forward score zero goals.

But last season he looked much better in a withdrawn striker role at SD Huesca and there was perhaps a glimmer of hope a Liverpool career was still likely.

Of course it wasn’t, and this summer he was finally allowed to leave permanently - joining unfashionable Segunda Liga outfit AD Alcorcon.

His time at his new club has been mixed but overall impressive - and he will be glad to be playing plenty of football.

But last night saw possibly the highlight of his career so far.

Alcorcon took on La Liga side Espanyol in the Copa Del Rey - and with 13 minutes left Pacheco did something extraordinary.

He lined up to deliver a cross from a free-kick around 40 yards out from goal - before surprising everyone by taking a snap shot while the keeper was encroaching.

In the end it bounced past the keeper and into the net.

Check it out below…

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