The Only Goal You Need to See This Weekend: El Grillo Finishes Clever Free Kick
Not all great free-kick goals come from the first touch of the ball. As proof, we submit the video above for your viewing pleasure.
In the video, you can see Deportivo Cali, a Colombian top-division club, scoring a clever free-kick goal against Patriotas Boyaca in a league match on Saturday.
Deportivo Cali won the match 3-0 (here's the match report, if you can read Spanish), and the best goal was the last one. It came in the 77th minute, courtesy of Gustavo "El Grillo" Biscayzacú.
The fun starts at the 0:34 mark. That's when we see El Grillo—that's Spanish for "the cricket"—turn home the free kick after some clever teamwork. See, instead of merely scoring directly from a free kick, the Cricket ran on to a lobbed pass that flew in over the defensive line.
All he had to do after that was finish. Fortunately for us, our favorite 34-year-old Cricket did that part with some style as well.
In all honesty, it's not clear why more teams don't try stuff like this. Every game we watch, several directly taken free kicks fly way over the goal and trouble absolutely no one.
This seems better, and besides, it's a lot more fun, even when it doesn't work. Arsenal's Thierry Henry and Robert Pires tried a cheeky set piece on a penalty one time a few years back, and even though it went horribly wrong, it was also hysterically funny.
Anyway, in case you wondering: Yes, El Grillo does have a Twitter account (@GrilloOfficial, though it was last updated in August)) and an official website. The latter comes complete with awesome biographical photos circa 1986.
While there, one can also read up on El Grillo's career with 12 clubs (in seven countries) before Deportivo Cali: Defensor Sporting (Uruguay), Arturo Fernandez Vial (Chile), Santiago Morning (Chile), Real Jaen (Spain), Melbourne Knights (Australia), Union Espanola (Chile), Atalanta (Mexico), Colo-Colo (Chile), Necaxa (Mexico), Nacional (Uruguay), Portuguesa (Brazil) and River Plate (Argentina).
With a resume like that, El Grillo has to be our choice for the Set Piece Goal of the Weekend (with an own-goal apology to Jordi Alba and a serious tip of the cap to Emmerson Boyce). Enjoy, and make sure you keep watching that Colombian football.
(h/t 101 Great Goals)
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