Calling the big men up from the back, placing a man on the opposition goalkeeper, playing it short in the hope of catching defenders offside and having a wrestling match with your opposite number to determine who has the advantage in the air.
If you haven’t connected the dots these are all tactics teams can deploy when they win a corner-kick. The usual call to bombard the opponent’s area with the biggest players available is an obvious choice for many managers. The corner taker will then aim for the giants.
Of course teams are always devising new ways to try and give themselves the best possible chance of scoring from the set-piece chance that often comes more regularly than any other in a game.
Carlos Lobaton of Sporting Cristal in Peru appears to have found arguably the most unique way of fooling defenders and the goalkeeper alike - intentionally going for goal with the outside of his boot.
Rather than delivering an in-swinger with his right peg the plucky corner-taker went for the jugular, and though so many things could have gone wrong it incredibly ended up in the back of the net, with the Cienciano (opponents) goalkeeper left to flail helplessly. It turned out to be the only goal of the game!
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Just where Lobaton’s effort ranks amongst our all-time outrageous goals is unsure, but we’re reserving special praise for his courage in actually taking it on. The old ‘did he mean it though?’ query certainly rears its unforgiving head, but we’re willing to give him the benefit of the doubt based on his tekkers.
Fact: If you didn’t know, scoring direct from a corner is known as an an ‘Olimpico’, according to 101 Great Goals. We didn’t, now we do. You can thank us the next time you see one, whenever that may be.
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