It’s an incredible moment when a football team scores with a free-kick… using the ‘Ring Around the Rosie’ routine straight from the training ground!
japanese high school team Takagawa Gakueno This week delighted fans with inspired moves against rivals Serio High School.
Both sides were competing for glory in the All Japan High School Tournament.
And Takagawa rejoiced at home after winning 4-2.
But it was his peculiar routine in the free-kick that caught everyone’s attention.
As the two Takagawa players stand over the dead ball, five teammates take positions on the far side of the box.
But as their Seiro opponents lined up for a man-marking job, the Takagawa quintet suddenly broke up the ranks to shake hands and move relentlessly in a circle.
The Seiryo stars didn’t know where to look for Takagawa’s free-kick being fired into the box.
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And five aces were quickly charged towards the ball while performing the ‘ring around the rosie’ routine, causing confusion in the Serio ranks.
The set-piece play certainly paid off, too, with Takagawa one of five firing his head over the ball before the stricken Serio goalkeeper.
And soccer fans flooded Twitter with praise for the ingenuity of the Japanese school side.
One said: “I absolutely love the free kick routine, it’s great!”
Another said: “It’s great. Doesn’t allow the defense to pick up his man until the last second. ,
One added: “Season 3 of Ted Lasso ends with this set piece to win the title.”
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