Five Of The Best: Indirect Freekicks Scored From Inside The Penalty Area (Videos)

Chris Wright

17th, May 2017

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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


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