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5 of the most creative set-piece routines

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Scott Newman
Modified 24 Jan 2018, 23:06 IST
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When it comes to football, there are few things that entertain the fans more than a great set-piece delivery. While the likes of David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo have risen to huge fame with their unbelievable free-kicks, their goals have been moments of individual brilliance. Perhaps even better are team efforts from set-pieces.

Sure, sometimes plans laid out carefully on the training ground might go a little awry, but when they actually come off, it’s always pretty awesome.

Here are five of the best and most creative set-pieces in football history.

#5 The Donkey Kick

Fans of Coventry City haven’t had a lot to cheer about in recent times, hence the reason why this routine delivered by Ernie Hunt and Willie Carr – from all the way back in 1970 – is still talked about on the Coventry terraces today. It was such a unique move though that it’s still well-renowned across the football world in general, and it’s better-known as the ‘Donkey Kick’.

Awarded a free-kick on the edge of the Everton penalty area, Carr gripped the ball between both heels before flicking it into the air, right into the path of Hunt, who volleyed it up and over the wall into the top right-hand corner of the net. Everyone was stunned by the brilliance of the move, and the goal went on to be awarded Goal of the Season on Match of the Day.

Perhaps the best thing about the Donkey Kick? The move was outlawed at the end of the season by the FA, as Carr had touched the ball with both feet in order to flick it into the air. But at the end of the day, the goal stood, and Carr, Hunt and Coventry claimed their place in the history books for one of the most creative set-pieces ever.

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Published 24 Jan 2018, 23:06 IST
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