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VIDEO: Ba hits the bar from midfield off opening kickoff vs Arsenal

Aug 19, 2014, 3:30 PM EDT

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Londoners know a bit about new Besiktas striker Demba Ba, what with the Senegalese national teamer having plied his trade for both Chelsea and West Ham United.

But Ba nearly put another London club, Arsenal, in an embarrassing spot when he blasted this long-range effort off the crossbar in Tuesday’s UEFA Champions League playoff tie.

Ba, 29, swung his leg through the ball an instant after it was put into play, and Gunners keeper Wojciech Szczesny scrambled back toward his line. Fortunately for him, the ball beat him but not the pipe.

And it impressed:

From another angle:


Anyone who’s taken a kickoff has had the thought to try this cross their minds, and many have tried it. But a UCL playoff against Arsenal? Attaboy, Demba.

  1. oldrogue - Aug 19, 2014 at 3:54 PM

    WTF are you talking about? It’s very clearly off the keeper’s hands, not the bar!

    • steves4 - Aug 19, 2014 at 4:00 PM

      Goes off of the keepers fingertips and onto the bar. Either way, extremely impressive.

  2. christophershearin - Aug 19, 2014 at 3:58 PM

    dude has some stones

  3. unclemosesgreen - Aug 19, 2014 at 6:27 PM

    Great shot, even better save.

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