5 amazing goals scored directly from corner kicks
Lessons on how to embarrass the goalkeeper with sheer skill and intelligence
Thierry Henry scored directly from a corner for New York Red Bulls in the MLS.Call it a fluke of nature, or just bad positioning from the goalkeeper. Or a combination of both. The truth is, direct goals from corner kicks are as rare as Antonio Valencia crossing with his left foot.For one, you have to be incredibly accurate with your kick. Two, there needs to be enough swerve and dip on the ball to make the goalkeeper wonder whether he can catch it or just let it go. But the most important thing is the fear of getting it wrong. Because then you just look an idiot as your teammates swear at you for making them come up for the corner, only to see you blast it over to the other side.But direct goals from corners do happen, and here are five of the best.
#1 Diego Forlan
At one point in time, Diego Forlan was the apparently the worst footballer on the planet. Signed by Sir Alex Ferguson for his ability to score goals willy-nilly, Forlan had a disappointing time at Manchester United, failing to make an impact and being guilty of missing easy chances at the worst possible moment.
But the public perception changed in his time at Atletico Madrid and then in the 2010 World Cup, where Forlan was in imperious form.
Upon leaving Inter Milan in 2012, Forlan joined Brazilian side Internacional, where, in a match against Fluminense, he did this: