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Kasey's double whammy

Posted on 5 February 2003  - 12:00

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The Shed end at Stamford Bridge is unlikely to ever be nominated as Kasey Keller's favourite goal.

Gianfranco Zola curled a perfect strike past Kasey into the top left hand corner on Saturday and the USA international remembers clearly Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink blasting an unstoppable free-kick into the same spot in the Worthington Cup semi-final first leg last season.

"I don't like that corner!" exclaimed Kasey, nevertheless named in Opta Index's Team of the Week for his performance. "Same corner, same goal, same end - next year I must put a little hex over that corner and see if we can get something to change.

"I thought we battled real well throughout the whole game. It was a strange game in that it could have gone any way - we could have won 3-1, lost 3-1 or drawn 3-3. There were a lot of chances at both ends and, while a draw might have been fair, we could have stolen it right there at the end."

His disappointment does not prevent Kasey from admiring the skill of Zola in firing in such a spectacular free-kick.

"It was the only place he was going to score and he put it there. Free-kicks are something special and you have the odd guys throughout the world that can pull something out of nothing and Zola is definitely one of them.

"Sometimes you've just got to hold your hand up and give credit where credit is due."

Kasey came up against a number of free-kick specialists during his time in Spain with Rayo Vallecano and says the English game is now blessed with a number of players capable of similar accuracy with a dead ball.

"It was unbelievable. At Rayo we had two or three guys who could hit free-kicks as good as anybody. Any time there was a ball around the area you had a feeling it was going in.

"Look at Real Madrid where you have Zidane, Figo and Roberto Carlos standing over the same free-kick - take your choice! There are also guys you've never heard of who will just step up and hit it.

"I remember, years ago, going a whole season at Leicester without conceding a goal from a free-kick. It is unheard of now and won't happen anymore with the quality you have in the league where free-kicks are concerned.

"You see the shots going in from Beckham to Zola to Ziege - the list goes on and on."

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