Hugo Lloris is undoubtedly one of the world’s best goalkeepers but he was left red-faced by Emil Forsberg’s brilliant free-kick during Friday night’s 2018 World Cup qualifier between France and Sweden at the Stade de France.
Forsberg lined up the free-kick, which was roughly 30 yards from goal, and hit the ball hard with the inside of his right foot. The technical term for this type of unusual set-piece is called a ‘knuckleball free-kick’ and it’s become increasingly popular over recent years thanks to the likes of Andrea Pirlo and, in particular, Cristiano Ronaldo.
The ball swerved slightly in the air and Lloris, having taken a step to his right, was left rooted to the spot. (Scroll down this page to watch the free-kick).
The ball flew past the Tottenham ‘keeper, who could do nothing but crouch and watch. He’d been well beaten on this occasion by Forsberg’s audacious effort.
Fortunately for Lloris, though, his blushes were spared minutes later when Paul Pogba levelled the scores.
Video: Emil Forsberg’s knuckleball free-kick
Dimitri Payet then scored the winner with 25 minutes remaining as Les Bleus moved a step closer to booking their place at the 2018 World Cup finals in Russia.
France are third favourites to win 2018 World Cup
Didier Deschamps’ men currently sit top of Group A, having secured three wins from their opening four matches.
With around 18 months to go before the next World Cup kicks off, France are currently the joint-third favourites to win the tournament alongside Brazil.
Germany are the 11/2 favourites followed somewhat surprisingly by Argentina, who are in serious danger of failing to qualify for the tournament following Thursday night’s 3-0 defeat to Brazil.
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