Taskin Calis scored a brilliant hat-trick of free kicks as Balikesirspor beat rivals Akhisarspor in Turkey's second tier, Tfff 1. Lig.
The 27-year-old midfielder was playing against his former side and opened the scoring after 41 minutes, curling his first effort from the centre of the goal and just outside the area.
He added a second on the stroke of half-time, with the set piece even closer to goal and just to the right of centre this time.
With the visitors down to nine men, following two red cards, the former Bursaspor player added his third of the night in injury time.
He was once again on the edge of the area and chose to go across the goalkeeper to round off his hat-trick and take home the match ball.
The win took Balikesirspor level on points with their opponents, with the two sides now on 19 points from their opening 20 games of the season.
The visitors remain above their rivals on goal difference but their run of two wins-in-a-row has come to an abrupt, and quite spectacular end.
:keycap_ten: ' That was perfect!- SofaScore (@SofaScoreINT) February 7, 2021
Taşkın Çalış vs Akhisar:
⏱️ 90' played
:ok_hand: 115 touches
:soccer: 3 goals
8 shots/7 on target
:dart: 1 big ch. created
:telescope: 13/16 long balls
:athletic_shoe: 83/92 acc. passes
⚔️ 9/12 duels won
:x: 4 tackles
:chart_with_upwards_trend: 10 SofaScore rating
Brilliant by the Balıkesirspor's midfielder! :dizzy: pic.twitter.com/OQgQ8XhzVZ
Calis' performance was incredible but unfortunately he's unlikely to be considered one of the great free kick takers of all time, unlike Lionel Messi.
The Argentina forward has a ridiculous technique when it comes to set pieces and Dr Rajpal Brar recently explained how the six time Ballon d'Or winner does it.
"When Messi strikes the ball, he shifts his hip to the right. He really moves his hips to the right as he's striking to open up his left strike leg," the doctor told the Squawka podcast.
"And what that does on his plant leg is that it shifts all the weight to the outside of the foot. So then when he follows through and he's striking the ball - that left leg coming from left to right - now everything is going onto the outside of his ankle almost like what happens when you sprain your ankle.
"We call it 'inversion sprain' when it twists inwards - it's that same force. You have all that force on the outside of your ankle and it twists inwards. But in Messi's case, he's trained himself and his body to control that motion."
Lionel Messi has trained himself to 'sprain' his ankle when taking free-kicks. :flushed: pic.twitter.com/TiueIUhYau- Squawka Football (@Squawka) April 27, 2020
We don't recommend trying it at home!
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