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Friday 31 October 2014

Memorable quick free-kicks

FALCAO v Arsenal, February 2010
Wenger was furious that Porto were allowed to take a free-kick quickly inside the Arsenal penalty area after Lukasz Fabianski handled a backpass from Sol Campbell. The Arsenal defence were unprepared and goalkeeper Fabianski had his back turned as Falcao put the ball into the empty net for the 51st-minute winner.
RYAN GIGGS v Lille, February 2007
Wenger may seem angry, but that was nothing compared to the reaction of Lille's players when Ryan Giggs' free-kick was allowed to stand. The Manchester United winger clipped the ball past the hapless defence while the keeper was arranging the wall to secure a vital Champions League win for Alex Ferguson's side. When the game restarted, Lille put the ball out of play and many of their players began to leave the pitch. In the end a match abandonment was averted, but Ferguson still thought the incident was a "disgrace".
JIMMY FLOYD HASSELBAINK v West Ham, February 2002
Quick thinking by the Chelsea forward helped his team record victory in this London derby FA Cup meeting. The Dutchman fizzed the ball into the net when David James was still assembling his wall and the west London side went on to win 3-2 at Upton Park.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was left fuming on Wednesday night after his side conceded a goal from a quick free-kick.

It's not the first time such an incident has occurred (in fact Arsenal have benefited from quick free-kicks in the past) and it probably won't be the last time either.

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