200-IQ Play: Fiorentina Forward Uses Bird As Distraction To Score A Beauty

Fiorentina’s Riccardo Saponara took advantage of a dummy run from a random bird on the pitch to open the scoring against Genoa.

Over a decade ago, Arjen Robben perfected using an overlapping run as a decoy to cut inside and launch a long-range shot. On Saturday, Riccardo Saponara did one better, using the flight of a random bird on the pitch as a dummy run to score a smashing goal to help Fiorentina beat Genoa 2-1. 

After coming on at halftime, Saponara opened the scoring on the hour mark, starting on the left wing and cutting inside before ripping a snipe into the far corner. If you watch closely, Saponara points at a bird, probably signaling it to take flight. Almost immediately, the defender backs off Saponara, conceding the space he needed to score the opener.

Riccardo Saponara Goal vs Genoa

200 IQ play. Talk about great wing play!

Giacoma Bonaventura added a second in the 89th minute, which proved to be the winner as Domenico Criscito made things interesting with a penalty in the 98th minute. It was, admittedly, a weak penalty, but it didn’t prove decisive as the match finished 2-1.

Genoa vs. Fiorentina Highlights

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