Fans compare Gnonto's volley for Leeds to Di Canio's famous goal

‘Gnonto just did a Di Canio!’: Fans go wild after Leeds winger nets stunning scissor-kick volley against Cardiff… as his sensational goal is compared to his fellow Italian’s famous strike for West Ham 23 years ago

  • Wilfried Gnonto scored a stunning scissor-kick volley for Leeds against Cardiff
  • The goal came in the opening minute of their FA Cup replay at Elland Road
  • Fans have compared the strike to a famous goal scored by Paolo Di Canio
  • That goal came in 200 when Di Canio played for West Ham against Wimbledon 

Leeds winger Wilfried Gnonto scored a stunning scissor-kick volley to give his side the lead against Cardiff in their FA Cup replay, with fans comparing his strike to a famous Paolo Di Canio goal for West Ham in 2000.

Having been held to a 2-2 draw in the first meeting between the two sides, Leeds attacked Cardiff straight from the kick-off, and Rodrigo floated an ambitious pass to the back post.

With the ball dropping over the head of a defender, Gnonto kept his eye off the ball and with both feet off the ground volleyed past the helpless Jak Alnwick.

Wilfried Gnonto produced a stunning piece of skill to open the scoring against Cardiff

His technique was similar to the one used by Paolo Di Canio for West Ham in 2000

Di Canio pulled off a similar skill while playing for West Ham against Wimbledon 23 years ago, and fans were quick to compare the two sensational strikes.

‘Gnonto just did a Di Canio,’ one supporter posted on Twitter.

Another fan agreed, writing: ‘Omg that is Di Canio-esque from Gnonto.’  

‘Wilfried ‘Di Canio’ Gnonto. What a goal!’ another fan wrote.

Meanwhile, one fan was left in awe as they added: ‘That was a sublime goal from Gnonto, insane technique.’

Di Canio’s goal was arguably more impressive as it came from further out and a tighter angle, but it was still an outstanding finish from Gnonto, who has become a crowd favourite at Leeds.

He arrived at Elland Road from FC Zurich in the summer, and was eased into action at the beginning of the season by Jesse Marsch.

The 19-year-old is now a regular starter, though, and has caught the eye in recent weeks.

Gary Neville hailed his maturity in Leeds’ loss at Aston Villa last week as the Italian forward troubled Ashley Young and registered a late assist.

Gnonto is now putting the ball in the back of the net himself, and doing so in some style. 

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