Aston Villa midfielder Douglas Luiz has developed an incredible knack of scoring directly from corner kicks – and produced a worldie in the 4-1 Carabao Cup win over Bolton Wanderers on Tuesday night.
Steven Gerrard’s side went behind at the University of Bolton Stadium but drew level courtesy of Luiz’s wizardry from the quadrant in the 36th minute.
Danny Ings, Lucas Digne and Leon Bailey all found the net in the second half to make it a comfortable night’s work for Villa.
But it was Luiz who scored the goal of the game, completely catching out the Bolton backline and goalkeeper Joel Dixon.
He took an inswinger from the left side and curled it right into the top corner with some quite incredible precision.
Dixon had moved off his line and was clearly not expecting such a delivery from the Brazilian, he tried to palm it away but the ball looped over him.
Luiz’s celebration perfectly answered whether he meant it. It was no fluke from the Manchester City midfielder, who has turned practice into perfection and even went close with the same type of effort later on in the game.
Image: AlamyHe scored exactly the same goal in training a day before the trip to Bolton but Villa fans who watched their pre-season outings will be aware that he’s done in another match too.
In the 4-0 win over local rivals Walsall last month, Luiz went for it and whipped the ball right over the goalkeeper as he scrambled to keep it out.
Strikes from corner kicks are sometimes referred to as ‘Olympic goals” and you have to say Luiz is a gold medalist in that department.
It’s got to the point where goalkeepers will have to study Luiz’s corners before they play Villa, in the same way they’d normally look at penalties and free-kicks.