Dimitri Payet's wayward corner kick
Marseille midfielder the latest to botch routine play
It’s as routine a play as there is in sport.
But as simple as corner kicks may be, they’ve become mighty challenging for some over the past week.
The latest example occurred during Marseille’s 1-0 victory over Guingamp in the French league on Saturday.
Forward Dimitri Payet sent his corner kick wide right – way right – and watched it hit the scoreboard high above the end of the field behind the Guingamp net.
On Aug. 16, Nante’s French-born midfielder Serge Gakpe managed to kick the corner flag rather than the ball in his club’s 1-1 draw with Metz.
Since the 27-year-old failed to make contact with the ball and nearly fell over, he was allowed a second chance.
And a week ago, AC Milan midfielder Keisuke Honda was a little off line with his corner kick in a 2-1 loss to Valencia in the final pre-season match in La Liga play.