David Okereke has said he was fired up by Venezia coach Paolo Zanetti to score an individual match winner against Empoli at the weekend.
Okereke drove for almost 60 metres all on his own to score what proved to be the winner in this Serie A clash.
He said: “Zanetti told me ‘Go Beast!’ and that pushed me.
“I went it alone because none of my teammates was in front of me.
“I’m really happy, it’s a great victory after a difficult start (in Serie A).
“I dedicate this victory to the fans who came to support us.”
Okereke is on loan from Belgian champions Club Brugge with Venezia also having the option to buy him thereafter.
It was the first win of promoted Venezia this season.
Okereke’s super goal hogged the headlines in Italy.
Influential Italian sports daily newspaper Gazzetta Dello Sport proclaimed “The magic of Okereke illuminates Venezia against Empoli”, while Tuttosports screamed “Venezia show in Empoli: Weah-style goal by Okereke”, comparing the goal with that scored by the legendary George Weah at AC Milan.