On a number of occasions, I scored goals from the edge of the center circle, the ball directly zoom into the top corner with the precision of a guided missile or a Maradona hand. Arjen Robben and Yaya Touré seem particularly able to execute this kind of extravagance, with missed shots even back into play following a fumble by the keeper.
Training and ideology of the team you are playing against made a significant difference to whether you can mark these ridiculous shots, though. On the higher difficulty settings, AI teams radically change their approach depending on the circumstances. If you play like Manchester City in a Premier League game against a Burnley side struggling to avoid relegation, then you will face a strategy to limit your time and space on the ball. In cases like this, it becomes extremely difficult to get the likes of Yaya Toure in a position from which it can launch a deadly long-range strike, with Burnley central midfielders who work hard to fill the gaps and limit your options.
Being aware of these differences in approach through play is important, because teams often adjust the score and clock. If you are a goal in the final minutes, rival managers often tell their players to move and grab the equalizer goal. If you are not ready for these changes, or fail to adapt, it is easy to be caught out.