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Watch: Southampton’s Jay Rodriguez Scores An Absolute Screamer Against Bournemouth

Southampton's English striker Jay Rodriguez (L) celebrates scoring his team's second goal with Southampton's Dutch defender Virgil van Dijk during the English Premier League football match between Bournemouth and Southampton at the Vitality Stadium in Bournemouth, southern England on December 18, 2016. / AFP / Adrian DENNIS / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. / (Photo credit should read ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images)

Manchester City versus Arsenal might be the biggest game of the day, but the below goal from Southampton’s trip to Bournemouth will take some beating.

Claude Puel’s side took care of the Cherries in clinical fashion, winning 3-1 thanks in part to a brace from Jay Rodriguez.

Rodriguez, preferred ahead of misfiring striker Shane Long to lead the line on Sunday afternoon, more than repaid Puel’s faith by scoring his second and third Premier League goals of the season – with his second one being sometnh of a cracker.

The ball fell to him in fortunate circumstances, with an attempted Bournemouth clearince rebounding off of Ntathan Redmond into Rodirguez’s path, at which point he swivelled around the ball and unleashed a dipping half-volley that gave the opposition goalkeeper Artur Boruc no chance of keeping it out.

The 27-year-old has made only a handful of appearances since suffering a serious ligament injury in 2014. Indeed, prior to that injury he was beginning to make a push for the international set-up, even receiving a senior cap earlier that season, so he was struck down at the worst possible moment and has yet to fully recover.

BOURNEMOUTH, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 18: Jay Rodriguez of Southampton (L) scores his sides third goal during the Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Southampton at Vitality Stadium on December 18, 2016 in Bournemouth, England.  (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

It’s been a long road back to fitness for Rodriguez, but he is now determined to make up for lost time. Shane Long, meanwhile, should be pretty worried. The Irish international has still not scored this season, and while he had notions of nailing down a starting spot in Charlie Austin’s absence, it seems he has a fight on his hands.

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