Calem Nieuwenhof has something special. Sydney FC fans who stayed up late to watch their fruitless AFC Champions League campaign already knew it – and now everyone else

Nieuwenhof played every minute of every game for the Sky Blues in late November and early December in Qatar and never looked out of place in the Asian elite, even though he had never played professional football before

Saturday’s 2-1 win over Wellington Phoenix was his A-League debut, but you wouldn’t have known, the 19-year-old’s midfield game was so smooth and flawless. His teammates call him “sleepy” because he is so laconic and relaxed, as if he were only half awake. But you can’t sleep on this child

If you hadn’t noticed his subtle work on and off the ball, you would definitely have his blockbuster in Aug. Minute, which was certainly one of the best goals ever scored by a debutant anywhere in the world

A product of Sydney’s northern beaches, Nieuwenhof was about five meters, with time and space, from the edge of the Phoenix penalty area at WIN Stadium in Wollongong.No Phoenix player seemed in a hurry to close it, so he picked a touch, moved forward and unleashed

From the moment he stepped off his shoe, the ball looked for the top corner.It floated beautifully in the air past a helpless New Zealand goalkeeper Stefan Marinovic and shot into the net

And so a star was born.This A-League season has always been about the emergence of a new generation of young players, but Nieuwenhof is worth visiting while you still can as it appears to be bigger and bigger very soon better things to be considered

“He raises his hand to play every week and is doing a great job right now. We want him to keep improving,” said coach Steve Corica

“We want him to dominate midfield, and I thought he did that with Brattsy [Luke Brattan] in Patches today He’s pretty relaxed, nothing really seems to bother him too much and it showed up again today

“I don’t think it’ll hurt him, a little praise – he knows he’s doing a good job but it’s the first game of the season and there’s still a long way to go. He just has to keep doing what he does now does “

Nieuwenhof’s goal wasn’t the only goal on Saturday Midfield partner Brattan scored a 30-meter free kick in the middle of the second half to secure the deserved victory for the reigning A-League champions, who got off to a typically impressive start in the hunt for a third big final win in a row

Between those two blows was one that Fox Sports cameras couldn’t see due to a technical defect – Wellington’s Compensation

It was a passage that Sydney’s defense would also like to obliterate from the public’s collective memory as Mirza Muratovic, under little to no pressure, bundled a fairly harmless flank home from the right flank and his efforts ran over Andrew Redmayne and go in upright from the left

The Phoenix put on a weakened starting team, with star recruit Tomer Hemed and new captain Ulises Davila dropping off the bench due to fitness problems.But they should grow into the new season – a bit like this match – and the Kiwis pushed to their credit on to a second goal They thought they had one in added time from Davila, but the VAR rightly marked him offside

“We got strong towards the end,” said coach Ufuk Talay. “It took two really good goals to beat us, but overall I’m pretty pretty with the performance and the way the guys have dealt satisfied But I am obviously not satisfied with the result “

However, Saturday’s game will be remembered for a moment by a specific player and hopefully for Australia it will be just the first of many more highlights to come

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Weltnachrichten – AU – A star is born: The Sydney FC rookie scores a breathtaking goal in their debut in a 2-1 win against Phoenix

Source: https://www.smh.com.au/sport/soccer/a-star-is-born-sydney-fc-rookie-scores-stunner-on-debut-in-2-1-win-over-phoenix-20210102-p56rcn.html