Portugal's Baffling Free Kick Was The 'Highlight' Of Their Confederations Cup Tie With Mexico

Behold! The worst set piece of all time

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The training ground: a hallowed and mysterious place often cited by under siege managers where problems are put right, out of form players are actually doing amazing things and complex set piece routines are pulled off with aplomb.

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Unfortunately, what happens on the training ground too often stays on the training ground - as we can only presume was the case with this mystifying free kick taken by Portugal at the weekend.

The Euro 2016 Champions were playing Mexico in the third-place play-off (the saddest of all football matches) of the Confederations Cup – a game they eventually won thanks to a penalty in extra time.

However, the moment history will truly remember (it won't) from this thrilling match up (it wasn't) will undoubtedly be the most confusing free kick of all time.

Towards the end of the game, Portugal was awarded a free kick on the edge of the box. Up stepped Ricardo Quaresma – or so we thought! – only for William Carvalho to rush in and perform a Mum-at-a-BBQ standard back-heel, which Quaresma (stay with us) then dummied and passed back to Carvalho… who then panicked under pressure and knocked it out for a throw in.

The world will never know quite what this move was supposed to look like, but suffice to say Portugal's 'Plan B' to just having the absent Cristiano Ronaldo whip it nonchalantly into the top corner will have to go back the training ground. And preferably stay there.