Early Doors

Free-kick ‘planking’ goes wild in Brazil… but this one doesn’t go too well

Early Doors

Lucio Flavio Amazing Free Kick Goal Ponte Preta vs Paraná 1 -1 Brazilian Cup 06.05.14 by Lance Esporte

Last year, we looked at the peculiar tactic employed by Brazilian club Figueirense to help keep out direct free-kicks: get a player to lay down on the pitch behind the heels of the men in the wall.

You can revisit that here: Figueirense defender ‘planks’ during free-kick wall

Ponte Preta thought they would give that a go in the Copa Brazil second round contest against Parana in Sao Paulo:

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Leading 1-0, the Serie B team employed the tactic in hopes that a driven free-kick would not seep through their wall.

Unfortunately for them, Parana’s Lucio Flavio drifted in a lovely set piece strike over the wall and in for 1-1.

Ponte Preta had the last laugh though when they won the cup tie 8-7 on penalties.

Despite the free-kick plan not working for them, you have to give them some credit for at least trying – unlike Emmanuel Adebayor and Paulinho for Tottenham against West Ham…


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