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    2019 - 08.21

    A timely Getty Images picture of Mile Jedinak’s sensational free kick to give Australia a 2-1 lead over world champions Germany shows that it could have been an even better strike than first thought.
    Nanjing Night Net

    As the ball edges over the heads of of the German defenders, towards Ron-Robert Zieler’s goal, a bright red light can be seen to the right of the last defender in the wall. A person in a dark coat with what looks to be a blue shirt or scarf showing around the neckline is seated closest to the aisle.

    The person’s hand is raised to their shoulder level, as you may hold a torch, and a light is clearly shining from the clasped hand.

    This photograph has our office divided. Is that a laser or a camera in the hand of the cloaked fan ?

    It certainly had no affect on the end result of the stunning strike which was the highlight of the Socceroos’ encouraging 2-2 draw.

    What do you think? Have your say in the comments below.

    If it is a camera then that fan has snared a fantastic memento of the game. If it is a laser then it is another example of an annoying trend that has recently blighted sport.

    Last year, Australian five-eighth Bernard Foley was targeted by green laser beams on his face and missed two crucial kicks when Australia trailed Argentina towards a Test they eventually lost 21-17.

    Western Sydney Wanderers goalkeeper Ante Covic was also targeted during the Asian Champions League win over Saudi Arabia giant’s Al-Hilal by the Riyadh, although that did not prevent him from making a series of great saves.

    “There was a whole bunch of them out there doing whatever they could to distract me,” said Covic after the game.

    “It’s just more of pain in the backside really … I spoke to the ref at half-time.

    “I mean, what do you do? Sixty-three thousand people and 20 or 30 of them shining lasers, not much you can do. But in the end we’re the ones smiling.”

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