Tuesday night’s match at the Emirates saw one of football’s rarest phenomenons occur deep inside the Arsenal penalty area.
A minute or so into the second half, Petr Cech was forced to handle a shoddy back-pass from Nacho Monreal, thus giving Sunderland an indirect freekick inside the 18-yard box.
Of course, the Black Cats ended up blobbing it, but the results can certainly be spectacular when such set-pieces are dispatched emphatically – not that it tends to happen very often.
Here are but a few textbook examples of the close-range indirect freekick done right…
Lukas Podolski (Cologne) vs Schalke, 2006
Pure power from an acute angle, otherwise known as the ‘Poldi Special’…
Tito Vilanova (UE Lleida) vs Barcelona, 1998