Pirlo's Free Kick Versus England
Italy's bearded genius Andrea Pirlo steps up for a free kick versus England in their World Cup match and smashes the ball off the cross bar.
England keeper Joe Hart had no chance if the soccer ball just went a bit lower. Pirlo hits the ball like Cristiano Ronaldo here, striking through the center of the ball but pulling the ball away so it bends and knuckles as it heads towards the goal - Pirlo doesn't follow through straight on when he hits the ball but pulls his leg to the side, that's why the ball knuckles and goes in the other direction.
At the end of the game, Joe Hart tells Pirlo just how amazing that free kick was - caught on camera here. Would have been very embarrassing for Hart if that ball had free kick shot had gone in: