In the 82nd minute of this evening’s Champions League knockout tie between Real Madrid and Atalanta, the Serie A side perfectly executed a free-kick routine that came right off of the training ground.
Whilst Vinicius Junior lay down to prevent the Italian side scoring from an effort put below the ball, Berat Djimsiti, Marten de Roon and Matteo Pessina formed a second wall just three yards away from the ball.
As Luis Muriel prepared to take the strike, the three men darted forward, spelling confusion for the Real Madrid defence and Thibaut Courtois, as the ball soared into the top corner.
This made it 3-1 on aggregate to Los Blancos, but Gian Piero Gasperini made a very bizarre decision after the fact, taking Muriel immediately off for Aleksei Miranchuk.
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Atalanta tried out something different for their free-kick routine vs. Real Madrid.
They built their own moving wall, too! ?
It worked, as Luis Muriel found the back of the net with a dipping effort ? pic.twitter.com/VJQXkyXJfJ
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) March 16, 2021
Pictures from BT Sport and Polsat Sport.
It’s a real shame to see Muriel’s 20th goal of the season has not been able to help the Italian side at all.