ICYMI: Andrea Pirlo's beautiful free kick was the best near-goal of the World Cup so far 5 years ago

ICYMI: Andrea Pirlo's beautiful free kick was the best near-goal of the World Cup so far

Thierry Henry reckoned he hit the bar on purpose...

While half the England team cramped up in the jungle heat of Manaus, 35-year-old Andrea Pirlo strolled through the game with barely a hair out of place.

Making 103 successful passes out of 108 attempts, the veteran midfielder almost capped a fine display with a stunning goal in injury time. Sadly, this bending dipping effort smacked off the England bar instead.

In the post-match analysis on the BBC, Thierry Henry jokingly said he thought Pirlo hit the woodwork on purpose as a time wasting exercise. We're sure that if Pirlo wanted to, he could.

 

Just look at Joe Hart's face as he realises where the ball went after being bamboozled by the bend.

England v Italy: Group D - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil