The free-kick variety of the assist tends not to be so notable.
A cross, a header, and in.
But this one had a trick.
It’s like in American football, when they send receivers in motion before the snap—working various deceptions at the line to unsettle the defense.
But you wouldn’t think it would work in soccer.
There’s only one way the ball can really go, without some back corner of the endzone to guard against. Or blockers, setting up for an option or screen pass.
There’s just the spot of the ball, and a cross coming into the box.
So when Raphaël Guerreiro makes his little decoy run, then the sly walk-up…
How the hell did that work?
That Guerreiro – Alcácer – Reus combo gets better every time you watch it. So simple yet so effective.
— Stipe (@SchwarzgeIben) December 21, 2018
This, most definitely, was one of the most viewed and talked about assists of the year.
Something people hadn’t seen—catching the eyes of casual fans everywhere.
1.1 million views on YouTube.
And just look at the RT’s and likes count below, on this tweet:
This is just brilliant 🙌
Dortmund's opening goal vs Werder Bremen was a clever and well rehearsed free-kick routine…
You see Guerreiro and Reus discuss it, sell the fake so well, then deliver an inch-perfect cross for Paco Alcacer 👌
They are a joy to watch this season 💛🖤 pic.twitter.com/ATterJZqfm
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) December 16, 2018
A new innovation was documented tonight.
Call it The Guerreiro—after the pesky little 5’7″ Portuguese midfielder from France.
And as Dortmund continue their run at the top of the Bundesliga table, and Paco Alcácer with his unlikely summiting of the league scoring chart…
This is one of the ones that’ll be remembered.