Michail Antonio scored a sensational long-range effort while on international duty with Jamaica as the Reggae Boys held the United States to a 1-1 draw on Tuesday.
The West Ham United striker, 31, has been in sublime fettle for the Hammers this season and has continued his fine form with his country in their World Cup qualifier in Kingston.
Antonio picked up the ball inside the United States half, sidestepped Tyler Adams’ attempted tackle before unleashing on goal from far out.
Michail Antonio bagged a stunning goal against the United States for Jamaica on Tuesday
Picking up the ball inside the United States half, Antonio skipped a challenge and unleashed
His venomous effort was too powerful for Zack Steffen and crashed into the top corner
His venomous right-footed strike proved too powerful for United States and Manchester City goalkeeper Zack Steffen as it thundered into the top corner to level the scores at 1-1. Timothy Weah scored the visitors’ opening goal.
Defender Damion Lowe briefly appeared to have given Jamaica the lead with a header from a corner in the 84th minute, but his effort was disallowed for a foul.
The US were expected to dominate after winning their last four matches against Jamaica and following an emotional 2-0 win over Mexico last week, with attacking midfielder Christian Pulisic returning to the fold.
Antonio celebrates after making it two goals in two games for Jamaica on Tuesday night
But a young US squad seemed to have lost their momentum on Tuesday and now have a one-point advantage at the top of the CONCACAF standings with Mexico and Canada, who occupy the second and third spots, respectively, set to play each other later on Tuesday.
Antonio fired blank in his Reggae Boys debut in September, but has since found his stride with back-to-back goals for Jamaica.
He scored in last Friday’s 1-1 draw with El Salvador before finding the net again in Kingston on Tuesday.
Timothy Weah scored the opening goal of the game which ended 1-1 in Kingston on Tuesday
Aston Villa star Leon Bailey also starred for the Reggae Boys in their World Cup qualifier
‘Scoring my first goal for Jamaica is a moment I will never forget. Gutted we couldn’t come away with the win but Tuesday is a chance to correct that,’ he tweeted after the El Savador draw.
Antonio has seven goals and four assists for West Ham this season, and pledged his allegiance to Jamaica last year as an English contingent opted to represent the Reggae Boys last summer.
Andre Gray, Bobby Decordova-Reid, Michael Hector, Adrian Mariappa, Liam Moore, Dillon Barnes all Amari’i Bell all grew up in England while Kingston-born Daniel Johnson moved as a youngster and now plays for Preston.
Antonio is the standout name among Jamaica’s raft of new stars, and he played alongside Aston Villa star Leon Bailey in tonight’s clash in Kingston.