The skill to the overhead kick is all about balance and technique. Get those right and you may have a chance of kicking the ball cleanly. It’s not an easy skill to perfect but your players will have a great deal of fun trying to do it. Practise it on soft ground to prevent your... MORE
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.
This is the best goal EVER in a final.
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) May 26, 2018
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: