200-IQ Play: Fiorentina Forward Uses Bird As Distraction To Score A Beauty
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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
Riccardo Saponara with a stunning effort to get Fiorentina started pic.twitter.com/AYdoBnYEcD— CBS Sports Golazo ⚽️ (@CBSSportsGolazo) September 18, 2021
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.