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by: JamieD On  Tuesday, March 15, 2011

We have seen the ‘crossover’ being used to break the ankles of an opposing defender on several occasions within the game of basketball.  Every sport seems to have a move somewhat similar to this.  In hockey, some players will use the ‘toe-drag.’ In football, they have the ‘juke.’

As for the beautiful game of soccer, it has an ankle-breaking move of its own; the step-over.

Udinese’s Alexis Sanchez demonstrated the ankle-breaking capabilities of the step-over during a game against Cagliari this weekend.  Racing down the field on the counter-attack, Sanchez quickly faked to the left and moved to the right, leaving the defender tumbling clumsily to the ground before eluding the keeper and finishing off the highlight reel goal.

The commentator’s lack of enthusiasm may make this seem like just another one of your average soccer goals, but the broken ankles of the Udinese defender tell an entirely different story.




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