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Lightning strikes twice! Usain Bolt scores brace in crucial football match

India Today logo India Today 12-10-2018 Abreshmina S Quadri

Usain Bolt made the best of a first start given at Central Coast Mariners and struck two goals against Macarthur South West United during a friendly to save his footballing career.

Soon after retiring from his sprinting career, Bolt had made it public that he was looking to have a professional career in football. After a few months of training at Borussia Dortmund, Bolt shifted to Mariners in Australia to live his footballing career.

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Bolt made his first appearance for the Mariners on August 31 and then played an entire second half on September 19 against North Shore Mariners, where he alternated between left wing and forward position.

It was against South West United that Bolt truly announced himself. In the 55th minute, Bolt received a ball close to the six-yard box but despite pressure from the defender, he held his ground and netted in a low strike to score his debut goal. He also performed his trademark celebration after scoring his first.

Just a little 10 minutes later, Bolt's constant pressing yielded results for him when he was right in front of the goal to make the best of a confusion and collision between South West United's defender and goalkeeper.

Ahead of the match, Bolt had said that this will be a make a break match for him and it will determine what the club wanted to do with his career.

"This will determine ... (what) the club want to do with my career, so it's a very important game," Bolt said on Wednesday.

"I have been improving but you won't know what level you're at until you play a competitive game so I just have to go out there and see what I need to do or whether I should continue or not."

After the match, Bolt was elated having scored twice to prove himself and felt he was happy to have scored in his first start for the club.

"My first start and scoring two goals, it's a good feeling. I'm happy I could come here and show the world I'm improving," Bolt said.

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