Didier Drogba Sets Up Shenhua FC’s Only Goal In CSL Debut, Almost Scores On Ridiculous 40-Yard Free Kick

Unlike Shanghai teammate Nicolas Anelka’s rather tepid Chinese Super League debut, Didier Drogba made quite the impact yesterday in his first CSL match. Coming on as a sub after halftime, Drogba’s first touch of the ball was a 40-yard free kick that AFP aptly described as “outrageous” (video of this strike appears after the jump). The former Chelsea striker would go on to set up his team’s only goal, a beautiful through-ball into the box that teammate Cao Yunding converts in the 68th minute, to help Shenhua earn an away draw vs. Guangzhou R&F.

A video of game highlights is after the jump, along with Youku videos for those in China.

Ridiculous free kick:

Game highlights:

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