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WATCH: You Need To See This Game-Changing Corner Kick Routine

Josh Lawless

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WATCH: You Need To See This Game-Changing Corner Kick Routine

Being honest, you probably weren't watching France women take on Spain in an international friendly last night but if you did, you will have seen one of the greatest corner kick routines ever seen.

I have an interest in the weird and wonderful in football, and I'm a sucker for a set-piece routine that steers away from just whipping the ball in and hoping that someone gets the end of it.

And last night, in France's 3-1 win over Spain at Stade de l'Épopée, Calais, Les Bleus came up with a game-changer of a corner technique that you will never have seen before.

On two occasions in the following clip, the French players can be seen on the edge of the box playing a game of 'ring a ring o'roses' (skipping and holding hands in a circle) before they all dart into the box and take up different positions. It sounds utterly absurd but the routine works a treat as France find the net from both corners - one in the first half and one in the second.

I implore you to get a load of this...

While the defending is very much questionable, the confusion France cause with their antics is brilliant and the fact they score not once, but twice in the same game from the very same routine in each half is hilariously.

The first one sees the ball drop the far post, where A Henry puts the ball back into the danger area for Laura Georges to slot home from six yards out. And then in the 71st minute, more France set-piece mastery follows. Again, it's the same player, Eugenie Le Sammer delivering the cross, with the France players doing their thing outside of the box, but this time there's now need for a knockdown as the ball lands straight on the head of Ouleymata Sarr to bag France's third of the game and seal the win.

Without over-exaggerating, it's comfortably one of the greatest set-piece routines I've ever seen and it's definitely worth giving a bash in your next Sunday League game.

In terms of the other gems that led to a goal, the disguised touch from Wayne Rooney that saw Ryan Giggs run with the ball off the corner and curl in a peach of a cross for Cristiano Ronaldo to have a goal incorrectly disallowed against Chelsea in 2009 is one of my favourites.

But the clever routine conjured up by VFL Bochum last year, where they 'queued up' behind one another in the box and split - leading to a free man tapping home from close range at the far post, is also a belter.

Watch these classic corner kicks straight off the training ground for the further set-piece goodness and make sure you stick it out to No.1, where Serbia Under 17's perform a sublime routine involving five players dummying the ball, and one player supplying a cool finish.

What's the best corner kick routine you've ever seen perfected? Let us know in the comments.

Topics: Football

Josh Lawless
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