Flawless Technique: Roberto Baggio Rolls One In After Flummoxing Juventus ‘Keeper Edwin Van Der Sar With Aristocratic First Touch, 2001 (Video)

Chris Wright

8th, February 2018

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If you happen to be a fan of imperious ball control, then boy do we have a treat for you – courtesy of the great Roberto Baggio.

Having represented Juventus with esteem for five years earlier in his career, Baggio returned to the Delle Alpi with Brescia in April of 2001.

The match eventually finished 1-1, with the 34-year-old striker cancelling out an opener from Gianluca Zambrotta in the 86th minute.

With time wicking away, Andrea Pirlo, who had returned to boyhood club Brescia on loan from Inter Milan for the season, pinged a lofted ball over the top for his childhood idol to scamper onto.

Baggio watched the arching pass drop over his right shoulder before flummoxing the onrushing Edwin van der Sar with a mesmeric first touch, bringing the ball across his body and leaving the Juve ‘keeper stood in a motionless state of disbelief  while he rolled it into the vacated net.

Divine by (nick)name, divine by nature.

Inspired by Baggio’s presence and fuelled by his goals, Brescia ended the 2000/2001 season in joint seventh in the Serie A, their highest ever post-war finish, and qualified for the UEFA Intertoto Cup as a result.

The following season the Rondinelle battled through to the final of the Intertoto, only to lose out to PSG on away goals.

Oh, how times have changed.

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  1. pfcpedja says:

    i rememeber those days, where highlights presented like the one above always get a wow! and had actually some context to the game itself. this one u can watch in awe hundred time…today: player related pink press nonsense, haircuts, tatoos n shite.

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