Premier League: Phil Foden beats Raheem Sterling and Danilo in Manchester City shooting contest

Premier League: Phil Foden beats Raheem Sterling and Danilo in Manchester City shooting contest

Phil Foden scores sensational sudden death free-kick to beat Raheem Sterling and Danilo in Manchester City shooting contest… after 18-year-old nets outrageous back heel to leave team-mates in shock

  • Phil Foden beat team-mates Raheem Sterling and Danilo in a shooting contest 
  • The Man City trio were put through their paces by England coach Allan Russell 
  • Foden and Sterling finished level on nine points after the exercise was complete
  • The 18-year-old prevailed, however, with an inch-perfect sudden death free-kick 

Max Winters For Mailonline

Manchester City starlet Phil Foden may be struggling for game time at the moment but that has not affected his confidence in front of goal as he got the better of team-mates Raheem Sterling and Danilo in a shooting contest.

The trio took part in two attacking drills featuring finishes from inside and outside the box as part of Sure’s latest edition of its ‘Make Your Move’ series.

With the exercise developed by England’s striker coach Allan Russell, all three players had three shots on goal from outside the box before moving inside for a further two attempts.

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Phil Foden got the better of team-mates Raheem Sterling and Danilo in a shooting contest

Phil Foden got the better of team-mates Raheem Sterling and Danilo in a shooting contest

Phil Foden got the better of team-mates Raheem Sterling and Danilo in a shooting contest

Sterling and Foden watch on as Danilo steps up to have his go in the shooting exercise

Sterling and Foden watch on as Danilo steps up to have his go in the shooting exercise

Sterling and Foden watch on as Danilo steps up to have his go in the shooting exercise

Foden came out on top with a sudden death free-kick after him and Sterling finished level

Foden came out on top with a sudden death free-kick after him and Sterling finished level

Foden came out on top with a sudden death free-kick after him and Sterling finished level

After Sterling had missed his free-kick, Foden whipped his set piece back across goal to win it

After Sterling had missed his free-kick, Foden whipped his set piece back across goal to win it

After Sterling had missed his free-kick, Foden whipped his set piece back across goal to win it

Sterling went first and slammed all three efforts from distance into the back of the net, showing the composure we have come to expect from one of the world’s best offensive players.

The winger then finished one of his chances from inside the box but missed the target completely with the other, leaving him with nine points overall.

Up next was the Brazilian full back and you could forgive Danilo for not keeping pace with his more offensive team-mates.

The former Real Madrid man started well though, driving his first shot from long range into the far corner. He then smacked the post with his second before curling his final shot into the top corner.

As he approached the box, Danilo volleyed his first effort from close range past the goalkeeper before sending his final attempt over the bar with a looping, cushioned header. He finished with a respectable five points.

Foden was the third and final man to step up. He has scored in both of his last two senior appearances under Pep Guardiola and maintained his impressive run in front of goal.

The drill was put together by England's striking coach Alan Russell at Man City's headquarters

The drill was put together by England's striking coach Alan Russell at Man City's headquarters

The drill was put together by England’s striking coach Alan Russell at Man City’s headquarters

Sterling went first and was deadly in front of goal, netting all three of his efforts from distance

Sterling went first and was deadly in front of goal, netting all three of his efforts from distance

Sterling went first and was deadly in front of goal, netting all three of his efforts from distance

The England international hit one of his close range attempts over the bar, costing him points

The England international hit one of his close range attempts over the bar, costing him points

The England international hit one of his close range attempts over the bar, costing him points

Danilo was the next to go and the full-back impressed with two out of three from long range

Danilo was the next to go and the full-back impressed with two out of three from long range

Danilo was the next to go and the full-back impressed with two out of three from long range

He struggled inside the box though and sent a looping header over the bar on his final go

He struggled inside the box though and sent a looping header over the bar on his final go

He struggled inside the box though and sent a looping header over the bar on his final go

After scoring all three efforts outside the box, Foden finished his go with an outrageous flick

After scoring all three efforts outside the box, Foden finished his go with an outrageous flick

After scoring all three efforts outside the box, Foden finished his go with an outrageous flick

Sterling watched on open mouthed as Danilo put his hand on his head in disbelief at the effort

Sterling watched on open mouthed as Danilo put his hand on his head in disbelief at the effort

Sterling watched on open mouthed as Danilo put his hand on his head in disbelief at the effort

Foden was eventually declared the winner and now he'll be targeting more first-team minutes

Foden was eventually declared the winner and now he'll be targeting more first-team minutes

Foden was eventually declared the winner and now he’ll be targeting more first-team minutes

The 18-year-old rolled all three of his long range attempts into the back of the net, with the second a delightful chip over the goalkeeper, leaving Sterling and Danilo applauding on the sideline.

Things took a turn when he ran inside the box though. Foden tried to finish the first cross into the box with an outrageous flick but got his timing wrong and sent it back the way it came.

On eight points with just one shot left, Foden had to make it to level with Sterling.

He sprinted to the near post before somehow flicking the ball with his heel into the air and then the far corner, leaving Danilo with his hands on his head and Sterling exclaiming ‘Oh my good god’. 

With Sterling and Foden both level on nine points, Russell insisted they take part in a sudden death free-kick playoff. 

The former Liverpool man saw his effort denied by a rare save from the goalkeeper before Foden stepped up and sensationally whipped his back across goal and into the top corner, meaning he was the winner. 

Guardiola will be hoping all three can maintain their pinpoint accuracy when they resume their Premier League title defence against Wolves on Monday night. 



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