Ben Osborn of Nottingham Forest scored a free kick right out of the top drawer on Saturday, with shades of Matt Le Tissier in 1994.
It was the year of 1994 and Southampton were playing Wimbledon in the Premier League when Southampton were awarded a free kick. Jim Magilton rolled the ball back towards Matt Le Tissier, who deftly flicked the ball up into the air and volleyed the ball over the wall and into the back of the net. It was a simple but beautiful action from Le Tissier.
And perhaps it was this that inspired Nottingham Forest's Ben Osborn, who scored a phenomenal free-kick during his side's 1-0 Championship victory over Bristol City on Saturday. Osborn's ingenuity left Bristol netminder Fabian Giefer rooted to the spot.
Unbelievable skill! 😍 @OsbornOn1 produces a moment of magic for @NFFC's winner at the City Ground. pic.twitter.com/BEvauctGev
— Channel 5 Sport (@Channel5Sport) January 21, 2017
Le Tissier tweeted his approval after Osborn's strike.
Join the club @OsbornOn1 😃 also john sheridan who did it b4 me 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 https://t.co/4LksvW8hnQ
— Matt Le Tissier🌸 (@mattletiss7) January 21, 2017
Brilliant stuff. There's something gloriously audacious about a free-kick involving one player flicking the ball up for another lad to come in and whack it.
On the subject of such strikes, nothing comes close to this gem from Ernie Hunt in 1970: