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How to coach an overhead kick

Gareth Bale came on for a stunning substitute performance crowned with a spectacular overhead kick in Real Madrid’s 3-1 win over Liverpool in the 2018 Champions League Final

The Welshman acrobatically dispatched a 15-yard left-foot scissor-kick into the roof of the net three minutes after coming off the bench to replace Isco.

The sensational finish was, in fact, the end of a 16-pass move and just Bale’s seventh touch of the game.

What the BT Sport pundits said:

Rio Ferdinand’s verdict: How dare he! He had no right to jump up, connect with the ball and think he was going to hit the back of the net. It is illegal what he has done! He is going away from goal and the connection he gets, it has not hit his shin.

Frank Lampard’s verdict: He is a great player because only the absolute best can score that goal. It was outrageous. It is a goal we will see a million times again. Ronaldo’s (against Juventus) was great technically, but for Bale, he was never set up yet still got in position to make the contact.

Steven Gerrard’s verdict: That goal stunned me, stunned Liverpool and stunned the fans around the goal. You won’t see a better goal. It is one in a million, I would not even try it.

 

Get your players doing overhead kicks with the tips below:

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