Sociedad invented a strange fence-line against Messi’s Penalty

Fence against Messi scored from a direct free kick in Sociedad vs Barce is one of the strangest “inventions” of world football.

Messi makes every opponent to be afraid of his free-kicking ability and that is why Real Sociedad must set up a “genius” defense.

 Sociedad players set up a special fence to stop Messi free-kick, Sociedad vs Barce

A Creative fence by Sociedad

Messi was stopped by Real Sociedad players from the direct free kick with a “special” fence. Real Sociedad’s fence consists of 3 layers. The first class consists of the three players standing closest to Messi’s free-kick. The next class consists of 4 players standing in a line around the 5m50 area and the last layer is 2 defenders standing next to goalkeeper Alex Remiro.

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Real Sociedad’s unique barrier came into effect when Messi’s free-kick was deflected by a defender standing close to the edge of the 5m50 area in the last match Sociedad vs Barce.

Sociedad players set up a special fence to stop Messi free-kick, Sociedad vs Barce
Sociedad players set up a special fence to stop Messi free-kick, Sociedad vs Barce

Sharing in the post-match press conference, Real Sociedad’s Imanol Alguacil admitted that football is always changing and new inventions will also appear as an integral part.

Barca beat Real Sociedad 1-0 at the Nou Camp thanks to a penalty from Messi, but the visitors prevented him from scoring a direct free kick thanks to an invention that netizens call a “genius”.

The Basque side, instead of just setting up a regular fence against Messi’s free-kick, set up a unique system. Specifically, there are 7 players standing behind the fence, including 2 people on the goal line and the goalkeeper in the middle.

Sociedad resisted Messi's free-kick with so many players
Sociedad resisted Messi’s free-kick with so many players

Fans on social media posted this picture with the caption: “An image goes down in history. There are three goalkeepers and four defenders trying to stop Messi’s free-kick 25 meters away.

Although Messi did not perform successfully in the battle of Sociedad vs Barce, but this situation has created a heated debate on social networks.

Fans likened that Sociedad used three goalkeepers when Messi took a free-kick.
Fans likened that Sociedad used three goalkeepers when Messi took a free-kick.

One fan commented: “The teams are doing crazy research on how to stop Messi. See how the Real Sociedad players gather in the penalty area instead of fencing a free-kick. ”

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“See how Real Sociedad fights against Messi. Great tactics are established, ”another wrote.

“A tactic developed by Real Sociedad to counter Leo’s free-kick, perhaps another team will start to adapt now.”

Messi causes every opponent to be afraid of his free-kicking 

Messi makes every opponent to be afraid of his free-kicking ability
Messi makes every opponent to be afraid of his free-kicking ability

Not far away, in recent years, many teams have lined up a player just below the fence to prevent low-level free kicks. Legendary goalkeeper Oliver Kahn, meanwhile, asked his team-mates not to set up fences against long-range free kicks because they thought their teammates would obscure the view and he would not know the movement of the ball.

When he was playing for Ajax, Johan Cruyff surprised everyone by inventing a clever combination of penalty kicks that made the opponent unable to keep up. More than 30 years later, Messi and Luis Suarez recreated this collaboration to score against Celta Vigo.

Messi and Suarez recreated Cruyff's classic penalty kick in 2016
Messi and Suarez recreated Cruyff’s classic penalty kick in 2016

The famous player Socrates invented a penalty kick by heel, although this method usually only appears in small matches. Another “weird” invention of the world football village is the way throw like Jindo in the Japanese comic “The path to goal”. With this method, the player uses the two hands to place the ball on the ground and turn it upside down to get the momentum to throw the ball as far and as hard as possible.

Alvaro Negredo, meanwhile, scored a superb free-kick against Real Valladolid in 2008 with a left-footed volley after asking his team-mate to send the ball into the air.
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