The hardest skill in the game of ten-pin bowling is completing the split-shot. Trying to knock over two pins on opposite sides of the lane is extremely difficult. But while those who manage to pull off the skill in bowling are revered, when the splits-shots rear their head in the world of football it’s a completely different kettle of fish altogether.
Tuesday night in planet football witnessed two such events.
Serie A leaders AC Milan were held to a goalless draw at the San Siro by Lazio, but the home team came closest to scoring through star Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic early in the second half. The Rossoneri dominated throughout, and in the 51st minute Ibrahimovic’s shot from just beyond the area ricocheted first off the left post, and then the right before bouncing away to safety as the forward looked on incredulously.
Zlatan’s split-shot can be seen here.
It was a similar situation for Salomon Kalou at the Stadium of Light, although this time the incident failed to affect the final score as Chelsea ran out 4-2 winners at Sunderland.
After some excellent work from Nicolas Anelka to evade two challenges and open up the home defence, the Frenchman slipped a pass to Kalou in the inside right channel. Kalou wasted little time striking a first-time shot on Craig Gordon’s goal, only for the Ivorian to see his shot whack one upright, then the other, before and rebounding out to safety.
Kalou’s split-shot can be seen here.