Corinthians’ goalkeeper, Cassio, showcased his deep understanding of football rules during a recent match against Atletico Mineiro. In the 74th minute, the referee awarded Atletico Mineiro an indirect free-kick, creating a tense moment for thousands of fans at the Neo Química Arena, especially after Paulinho’s second-half equalizer.
However, Cassio, with over 400 appearances for Corinthians, astutely refrained from touching the ball during the free-kick, recognizing that a goal would be awarded if he did so. This strategic move, in line with the Laws Of The Game rulebook, earned praise on social media for Cassio’s rule interpretation skills.
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Despite some mixed reactions, with fans describing it as a “cool geek move” and others noting the goalkeeper’s confidence, Corinthians’ manager, Mano Menezes, seemed less than thrilled with Cassio’s decision. Nevertheless, the team secured a hard-fought point, leaving a lasting impression on fans who appreciated Cassio’s unconventional and rule-savvy approach.