Brazilian side offer novel approach to defending low free kicks

Ponte Preta certainly get points for originality

WE’VE ALL SEEN those free-kick specialists who are relentless in their quest to find new ways of finding the net.

One sneaky approach has been to fire a shot low under the defensive wall, especially when close to goal.

So, Brazilian side Ponte Preta have come up with a new strategy to prevent that from happening.

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During their Copa do Brasil clash with Parana on Tuesday night, they conceded a set-piece right on the edge of the area.

To combat a low strike, they got one of their players to lay on his side, behind the wall.

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But, Parana’s Lucio Flavio wasn’t put off too much. He curled a wonderful strike over the wall and straight to the top corner.

Ponte Preta did manage to get through the tie – winning 8-7 in a shootout.

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