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Mexico´s Marcelo Flores scored a stunning goal from outside the penalty area against Chelsea

The attacking midfielder came on as a substitute and scored an impressive goal for Arsenal U21.

The attacking midfielder came on as a second-half substitute and wasted no time in scoring the stunning goal.
The attacking midfielder came on as a second-half substitute and wasted no time in scoring the stunning goal.

Mexico's Marcelo Flores scored a stunning goal outside the box against Chelsea in the Papa Johns Trophy competition with Arsenal U21. 

The attacking midfielder came on as a second-half substitute and wasted no time in scoring the goal that showcased his striking ability from outside the box. 

The Canadian-born player of the Mexican national soccer team, with British nationality showed that, at 18 years of age, he already has the hunger for goals that the Aztec squad needs so badly

And the player has even shown with the senior national team that he is looking for more prominence, after playing a few minutes in the friendly match against the Chilean national team last December

How was Marcelo Flores' goal in his debut in the tournament?

El "Chelo" showed his quality by entering the field in the second half of the match, and only five minutes into the second half.

Flores marked his debut in this competition with an impressive finish into the bottom corner after the Chelsea defense gave him too much time

He nearly scored his second goal and fifth of the night after great work by Jack Henry-Francis, but his shot was cleared off the line by Xavier Simons. 

With this goal, plus the other one he tried to score in the 78th minute of the match, the player has shown the Gunners that he is coming with everything and if he manages to attract enough attention, he could make it to the first team.

In fact, Arsenal has been giving activity to the player little by little, with the aim that if he continues to demonstrate his hunger for goal, he can play in the first team of the institution.

The match was played at the Emirates Stadium, where the Mexican managed to score the fourth and last goal for the Gunners, who won with a score of 4-1. 

What is the Papa Johns Trophy, where Flores scored his goal?

The English Football League Trophy, currently known as the Papa John's Trophy due to the sponsor, is an annual English association soccer knockout competition.

The competition is open to the 48 clubs in EFL League One and EFL League Two, the third and fourth tiers of the English Football League system.

But since the 2016-17 season, 16 U21 teams from Premier League and EFL Championship clubs have participated in the competition

The format of the competition, due to its breadth allows many teams to participate.

Currently the format allows 64 teams to enter from the first round, including the 48 teams from league one and league two, along with 16 Premier League and EFL Championship academy category 1 teams and/or Under-21 teams.

The competition now features 16 regional groups of four teams, with eight groups in each of the northern and southern sections.

The top two teams from each group advance to the knockout stages, the first two rounds of which remain regionalized before an open draw from the quarter-finals onwards.

During the group stage, if the scores are tied at the end of the match, penalties are applied immediately without recourse to extra time. The winning team receives 2 points and the losing team 1 point.

Wilian Estrella

Journalist with more than 10 years of experience. Puma UNAM at heart. Fan of the most beautiful sport on the planet. I currently cover Liga MX, MLS, Premier League, Mexican National Team and USMNT. Always attentive to the latest world soccer news.+ info

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