Giampaolo Pazzini has revelled in delight after scoring on his debut to seal a 2-2 draw for Levante with Real Madrid on Saturday.
Rewind back a week ago and Levante saw an offer for Loic Remy from Las Palmas rejected, but club officials instantly moved to sign Pazzini, who arrived on a deal from Italian side Hellas Verona.
Fast forward to Saturday afternoon and the failed move for Remy was all forgotten after the former Italy international slammed home an impressive equaliser against the current La Liga champions Real Madrid.
Goals from Sergio Ramos and Isco had cancelled out Emmanuel Boateng’s strike for the hosts – but a final flurry from the home side saw them gain a point and put Zinedine Zidane’s job under further more pressure.
Pazzini, who has spent a career in Italian football with the likes of Fiorentina, Sampdoria and Inter Milan – has discussed his happiness at the goal and the efforts of his team-mates.
“It was the dream debut for any player, a fantastic night for myself and the team,” the striker told BeIN Sports.
“Coming on and scoring in La Liga for Levante, against Real Madrid… it was all just incredible and beautiful.
“The experience moved me, [as did] the joy of the fans after the goal went in for the draw. It was fantastic to see the fans so happy.
“The team were with me when I celebrated. I’m very happy with how they’ve received me.
“Now we’ll celebrate this draw and then prepare for our next game. Thanks for everything!”
With the result, Levante now sit 17th in the La Liga standings, but three points above safety after Deportivo La Coruna were thumped 5-0 by Real Sociedad on Friday evening.
Real Madrid sit fourth, failing to gain ground on Valencia, who lost 1-0 to Atletico Madrid on Sunday evening.