As the world receives the shocking news of the demise of Ivory Coast’s midfielder Cheik Tiote in China due to a heart attack, cheapgoals.com pays tribute to the midfielder who scored against Nigeria in the Afcon 2013 Quater final match, by reliving his stunning equaliser against Arsenal in the English Premier League.
5th of February 2011, just a few weeks after signing for Newcastle, Cheik Tiote secured one of Premier league’s most memorable comebacks of all time, through a stunning long-range volley from 20 yards out three minutes before full time, to force Arsenal to a 4-4 draw.
At half time it wasn’t a result that the Magpies were hoping for, the Gunners run into an opening minute lead through Theo Walcott and by the ten minutes mark the game was looking like a sure win for the Gunners, Johan Djourou and Van Persie had added to the tally.
Things got worse and by half-time, as Van Persie secured his brace to make it 4-0, it was looking more like a case of by how many goals would the Gunners win. The half time was a much-needed break for Newcastle and after the restart, 85th minute of the game, Joey Barton had scored a brace of penalties while Leon best added one in between to temporarily make the score line respectable.
However, Tiote would have none of a respectable loss and when the ball fell to him from a cleared free kick by the Arsenal defence, he blasted the ball from long range from the edge of the box beating Szczesny in goal to spark wild celebrations around the stadium and bring an all round entertaining match to a spectacular end.
Tributes have been pouring in from players, club sides and national teams. He played for Anderlecht, Roda, Twente, Newcastle and Beijing Enterprises with a combined 238 appearances and 4 goals across the 5 clubs. He also played 51 times for Ivory Coast appearing in the Afcon and World Cup with his only international goal coming in a 2-1 loss to the Super Eagles in the 2013 AFCON.
RIP Cheik Ismael Tiote