Gazza Goal For Boro Star!

Last updated : 12 February 2009 By Boro Mad

The goal which put Stuart Pearce's side in front in the game was similar to the amazing effort from Paul Gascoigne which helped England defeat Scotland during Euro 96.

Johnson took advantage of an error by Everton midfielder Segundo Castillo before flicking the ball over his head and then doing the same to Deison Mendez, before volleying past keeper Jose Cevallos with his right foot.

Johnson was ridiculed by his Middlesbrough team-mates after being linked with Real Madrid - but this week showed he may be comfortable after all rubbing shoulders with the 'galacticos'.

The 21-year-old described his goal at Malaga's Estadio La Rosaleda as the finest of his career.

Johnson: "I was flattered to be linked with Real Madrid.

"I've been getting a lot of stick from the lads about it. They weren't having it.

"The lads were saying it couldn't be true that you could go and play for Real Madrid.

"It was the usual banter from them. I was getting all of it, calling me a galactico and getting shouts of Raul.

"I don't know if there was anything in it - the manager never said anything to me. Who knows?

"You can't say that it's a dream come true, getting linked to them, and I just got my head down and got on with the football.

"The goal was probably the best of my career. It was brilliant to score goals like that, but disappointing to be on the losing side."