Peculiar free-kick evokes memories of Brazil v Zaire at 1974 World Cup


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Zaire's goalkeeper struggles to claim the ball against Brazil at the 1974 World Cup in West Germany (AFP)

It was 22 June, 1974.

Brazil secured a 3-0 victory over Zaire in the World Cup in West Germany – a match that would become etched in history after defender Mwepu Ilunga needlessly walloped a stationary Brazilian free-kick down the pitch.

The African debutants were widely mocked for the incident but, 40 years on, it appears another player – perhaps inspired by Ilunga – has recreated the peculiar moment in a clash between Zbrojovka Brno and Banik Ostrava in the Czech First League.

Shortly after the hour mark, a rogue Brno player elected to charge down an untaken free-kick and launch a rapid counter-attack. Incredibly, the referee waved play on as the hosts tore down the pitch and almost scored.

Watch the incident below:

It’s certainly a bizarre episode, but perhaps blaming Brno for cheekily robbing possession is a bit harsh as a Banik player clearly places his foot on the ball after the referee blows his whistle – even if the ball failed to roll a full circumference per the rules.

Sadly for fans of controversy, the incident mattered little as Banik ran out 1-0 winners.

Here’s the original effort from Ilunga:

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