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Why Do Players Lie On The Ground During Free Kicks?

Since time immemorial, free kicks were expected to be scored over the wall or around it, that is if the player could bend the ball with incredible quality. However, after the world saw the footballing genius Ronaldinho, score a free kick that didn't go over or around the wall, but under it, a trend started.

Other star players that joined the trend include Messi, Ronaldo, Neymar, who have all scored under the wall free kicks. To stop this something had to be done and which better way to have a player lie down just behind the wall in the free kick.

This might mean that another player who could be essential for clearing the ball if it comes loose, would be indisposed, but that's ok as the ball might go over the bar anyway, if it doesn't end up at the back of the net or on the wall itself.

Under the wall free kicks are feared by all teams as they can be incredibly accurate from close range, giving the goalkeeper no choice at all. To totally eliminate this threat, players have to defend under the wall as well, because it is easier to deal with one threat.

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