Those keeping tabs on Japanese second division football will know that Yokohama were beaten 2-0 at home to Kyoto Sanga on Tuesday evening. The visitors' second goal came just before halftime thanks to a bizarre free kick routine.
A line of six Kyoto players stood behind the dead ball and the Yokohoma wall was clearly confused as four of them proceeded to take "dummy" runs, before the fifth player rifled it into the net.
Adding to the unpredictability was the fact that it was an indirect free kick (sometimes awarded in the box for technical fouls like picking up a backpass), which meant one of the Kyoto players would have to take a touch before attempting a shot. Look closely and you will see the fourth player in the line slightly move the ball, at which point a member of the Yokohama wall legitimately charges towards it.
Amazingly, this might not have even been the strangest free kick of Tuesday evening. During a Copa do Brasil tie with Parana in Sao Paulo, Ponte Preto attempted to defend against a low-driven free kick by lying a man down behind their wall...
It didn't work, as Parana's Lucio Flavio floated the ball over the wall and into the net, but it's a lesson in defensive bravery that Emmanuel Adebayor and Paulinho could learn from.
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