West Ham cult hero scores wonderful free-kick in Asian Champions League

Alessandro Diamanti scored another pearler for Guangzhou Evergrande this week.

Alessandro Diamanti will be remembered by West Ham United fans as something of an unknown quantity. He was an appealing player - with his mercurial style and wand of a left foot - but he was also one of the more frustrating players you could ever wish to be on your team.

Despite being a firm fan favourite, when Gianfranco Zola left the club the writing appeared on the wall for Diamanti - and after just one game of the doomed 2010-11 season he left the club for Brescia.

Since then he has gone on to become a hero at Bologna, score a winning penalty against England at the European Championships and now become a €9 million Chinese footballing sensation.

He joined Guangzhou Evergrande last month - linking up with fellow Italian Marcelo Lippi, the boss of the club.

They had recently lost their previous star player Dario Conca and Diamanti is now the ‘diamond in the rough’ of the Chinese Super League champions.

He has certainly started well. He scored a double on debut against Melbourne Victory in the AFC Champions league and last night was at it again.

Guangzhou took on Japanese outfit Yokohama F.Marinos last night - and found themselves 1-0 down after a goal from Jin Hanato.

But Diamanti curled in a sublime free kick just before half time to earn his new team an impressive point in Japan.

Here are the highlights from the first half, for Diamanti’s goal skip to 1.10…

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