Practice makes perfect for Brazil's David Luiz

Last updated 15:40 05/07/2014
David Luiz
Reuters
STUNNING STRIKE: Brazil's David Luiz celebrates after scoring a free kick in Brazil's 2-1 win over Colombia in Fortaleza.

Relevant offers

Football

Cameroon, Australia draw 1-1 at Confederations Cup Russians join the All Whites camp in Moscow bars Sumner's death leaves a sombre feeling in reunion of '82 All Whites Confederations Cup: Anthony Hudson disappointed but says All Whites took 'big step' against Mexico Tempers flare between All Whites and Mexico in fiery Confederations Cup encounter Confederations Cup: All Whites deliver their best attacking effort since early 2015 Cristiano Ronaldo heads Portugal to win over Russia at Confederations Cup Confederations Cup: How the All Whites players rated in their loss to Mexico Spirited All Whites beaten by Mexico in fiery group clash at Confederations Cup Former All White Chris Killen admits sexual assault in England

David Luiz can only explain the technique behind his game-clinching free kick in the World Cup quarterfinal win over Colombia as a product of genetics.

Lining up from 35 metres out, the 27-year-old Brazilian side-footed the ball with his right boot, smashing it over a wall of four Colombians and beyond the reach of goalkeeper David Ospina.

It gave the Brazilians a 2-0 lead in the 69th minute, and the tournament hosts held on to win 2-1 to reach the semifinals.

Asked about it later, Luiz gestured with his hands out diagonally in different directions and joked that it represented how his feet were when he was little. 

''I think it's genetic. I was born with legs like that,'' Luiz said, spreading his hands apart like two feet sticking out toward opposite sides. ''In Brazil, they call it '10-to-two'.'' 

Luiz celebrated the goal by leaping over the corner flag to approach the noisy Brazil fans who packed Arena Castelao.

He acknowledged it would be almost impossible to repeat the free kick.

''Today it was great because I hit the ball at the exact [right] point,'' he said ''You can [try] to hit it like that and it'll take you all day. I am so happy because I can help my team with this."

Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari said Luiz had been studying free kick videos leading up to this morning's match, concentrating on the technique used by a now-retired specialist at Brazilian club. 

''I think he watched many videos,'' Scolari said. ''We had a player who played in Corinthians, Marcelinho Carioca. He used to kick like that - like no-one else.''

Ad Feedback

- AP

Special offers
Opinion poll

Will Burnley retain their EPL status?

Yes, they've found a winning formula

Maybe, but there’s a long way to go

No. They lack quality in certain areas

Vote Result

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content