The 27-year-old was the match winner for Tianjin Teda against the Chinese Super League leaders.
This is a day that will stay with Socceroos star Erik Paartalu forever after he scored one of the most crucial goals of his career for Tianjin Teda.
Sitting just a place outside of the Chinese Super League’s bottom two, Paatalu and his team-mates pitted their wits against runaway leaders Guangzhou Evergrande and were expected to be on the receiving end of an almighty pasting after knocking together 23 match unbeaten run in all competitions, racking up 20 wins in the process.
But it would come to an end at the Tianjin Olympic Center Stadium at the hands….or should that be the head of Paartalu ,the 27-year-old’s 16th minute header earned his side an unlikely three points in which they fought for their lives to send their fans home with a memory to cherish.
Second most important header of my life against Guangzhou evergrande! Now I know how Sydney fc felt bringing roars run to an end!
— ErikPaartalu16 (@ErikPaartalu) August 31, 2013
To put a mark on the significance of Paartalu’s match-winning contribution fans of the club and several twitter followers communicated their delight and appreciation for assisting the struggling Chinese club in vanquishing one of the divisions giants.
— Jess Norton (@nortonjc) August 31, 2013
— Milan Susak™ (@susak23) August 31, 2013
@ErikPaartalu Congratulations!! You made the whole city happy tonight. You guys are the best tonight.Next one is VS BeiJing. — TJ 球迷。
— winters_桂 (@Winters_Hua) August 31, 2013
Words can not express how exciting I am. As you said, that was the most important goal in your career. So proud of you super @ErikPaartalu
— HuYuhao (@HuYuhao) August 31, 2013