This Is How Liga MX Side Santos Laguna Defend Free-Kicks
Liga MX side Santos Laguna don't defend free-kicks like your standard team.
Let's try and put this moment into a bit of perspective. So the Mexican club were 2-1 up against Lobos BUAP in an important league clash when in the 92nd minute, defender Gerardo Alcoba decided to lie on his side to prevent the opposition hitting the ball under the wall.
Don't get me wrong. It was a ballsy attempt to stop a potential equaliser but the number three could have seriously hurt himself if the ball connected with his head.
BUAP didn't manage to score from the set-piece and Santos Laguna went on to secure all three points thanks to goals from Lozano and Rodriguez, but this moment grabbed the headlines, unsurprisingly.
In the past, Philippe Coutinho defended a free-kick by getting on his knee to block a potential shot, but to lie down like defender Alcoba did, last night, was something else.
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We've seen a few free-kick routines in our time. From the swerve of Roberto Carlos to the bend of David Beckham, we've had the pleasure of witnessing some game-changing set-pieces but nothing comes close to this from East Fukuoka FC.
The Japanese High School have revolutionised the set-piece with a routine like no other.
It involves a second wall lining up in front of the opposition defence and a masterstroke of ducking in chorus. No, really.
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Linked arm in arm, the three-player-wall slowly edge away from the ball, backing into the opposition defence.
Three steps later and seconds before the free-kick taker shoots, the East Fukuoka wall ducks in unison, confusing both defender and goalkeeper:
A stroke of Genius from the East Fukuoka lads.