Although the goal counts relatively little in the game, it will be remembered for a long time.
The 28-year-old jumped in the air before shooting his acrobatic effort into the farthest corner of the net, leaving Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy helpless. He couldn’t even celebrate as his team needed another goal in less than two minutes to force extra time.
“We played a great game, we showed that we are a great team, but unfortunately my goal was not enough,” said Taremi after the game.
Moment of magic
Returning from injury, Taremi started the game on the bench but joined his side in search of goals 30 minutes from time.
His moment of magic will make fans wonder what could have been if he was fit enough to start both legs.
The Iranian international began his career in his home country before joining Qatari club Al-Gharafa.
He then came to Europe relatively unknown, but with the determination to be successful. According to an interview with Portuguese newspaper O Jogo, Taremi turned down a huge $ 2.9 million contract in Qatar to create it in Portugal. He hasn’t looked back since.
He moved to Porto from Portuguese rival Rio Ave in 2020 and is now a key member of the team.
Iranians at home and abroad, including current and former players, actors, athletes and even ministerial officials, showed their pride after Taremi scored his goal on Tuesday.
And he’s not the only Iranian involved in an extraordinary overhead kick, either.
After surviving the late horror, Chelsea advance to the Champions League semi-finals, where he will face either Real Madrid or Liverpool.
After the game, Blues boss Thomas Tuchel described Taremi’s mission as “happy” and praised his team for their pragmatic performance in the second leg.
“We accepted what was needed, it was a tough, tough fight,” Tuchel told BT Sport after full-time.
“Maybe it wasn’t that nice to see on TV, but on the side it was a very intense game, a very fast-paced game.
“It was very difficult to play against them to get out of the pressure, but every minute we did it better and better.”