Dimitri Payet’s free-kick at the weekend against Crystal Palace defied the laws of physics.
The Frenchman somehow managed to curl the ball around the Palace wall and make it dip into the back of the net - when it appeared to be going well over the bar.
Before the match, Alan Pardew had warned all of his players not to give away any needless fouls around their penalty box. But on the 41st minute, West Ham’s French star was stepping up to take a free-kick from just 25-yards out.
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Those watching probably thought Payet would attempt to curl it over the wall and into the net, like he has done previously.
But this attempt differed to the free-kicks he had previously scored against Bournemouth, Manchester United and Russia - for France.
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That's too mainstream for Payet. He's done that plenty of times before, so he tried something different.
He decided to aim for the side that the goalkeeper was already standing and pulled it off in stunning style.
After the ball left Payet’s foot, the only people in danger seemed to be the Palace fans behind the goal. In fact, the ball appeared to be sailing so far over that the Eagles’ goal that the seven-man wall were confident that it wasn’t going in.
“When he (Payet) hit it as it went over the wall I thought that one's going into row Z, I swear to god,” Delaney told reporters, per the Daily Mail.
The Palace defender also admitted what he heard one of his teammates shout after Payet struck his effort.
“I think someone in the wall shouted 'see ya' to Payet, I think Wayne probably thought it as well,” he added.
Video of Payet's free-kick
In fairness, just look at the free-kick below and you can understand why the Palace players thought it was flying over. Incredible.
It was Payet’s fifth successful free-kick of 2016 but teammate Michail Antonio admits that the 29-year-old doesn’t work hard on them in training.
"He doesn't really practice them, to be honest! I'd say that he just saves them for games - that kind of thing! You can see in the games that he has got it in the bag all the time," Antonio told West Ham’s official website.
"He did it away with France against Russia and he did it again on Saturday, so it's just one of those things that you can't give us free-kicks because he will punish you!"
When Southampton Ronald Koeman was in his playing days, many people said that conceding a free-kick around the box was like conceding a penalty with the Dutchman over the ball.
If Payet can continue scoring sensational dead-balls, then the same will start being said about West Ham's winger.
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