Téji Savanier: The science of the free-kick

Publish on 04/12/2021 at 10:00


Montpellier HSC won 3-1 at Metz in Ligue 1 Uber Eats Round 16 action on Wednesday, a victory built on a superb free-kick from dead-ball maestro Téji Savanier.

The goal of Ligue 1 Uber Eats Round 16 is a must-see! Téji Savanier's sublime 30-metre free-kick - from a tricky angle - not only got the ball rolling in Montpellier's 3-1 win in Metz but confirmed the 29-year-old's status as one of the most effective free-kick takers in the top flight, with three goals in his career.

Ahead of him are Wahbi Khazri (8), who scored his first Ligue 1 Uber Eats goal from this position (with SC Bastia), Angel Di Maria (6) and his club-mate Florent Mollet (5).


Experts in the art of unlocking games from set-pieces, Zlatan Ibrahimovic (7) and Memphis Depay (5) gave opposing goalkeepers headaches for a long time before leaving France. Their former clubs, Paris Saint-Germain (25) and Olympique Lyonnais (23), have taken the top two spots in terms of the number of goals scored from direct free-kicks since the 2011-12 season. MHSC complete the podium with 20 goals in this phase of the game!

Goals from direct free kicks in Ligue 1 Uber Eats since 2011-12:

1. Daniel Wass: 8

--. Wahbi Khazri: 8

--. Clément Grenier: 8

4. Zlatan Ibrahimovic: 7

5. Angel Di Maria: 6

--. Nabil Fekir: 6

7. Florent Mollet: 5

--. Memphis Depay: 5

9. Max-Alain Gradel: 4

--. Thomas Lemar: 4

--. Romain Alessandrini: 4

--. Neymar: 4

--. Dimitri Payet: 4

--. Siaka Tiéné: 4

--. Bruno Grougi: 4

16. Téji Savanier: 3