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    Question the ball flew in off the bar

    Madrid traveled to the Canary Islands on June 7, 1992. “The drama,” says Valdano, “was almost surreal.” After eleven minutes, Madrid “knew” they would be champions and Barcelona “knew” they would not: a Fernando Hierro header had made it 1–0 and eight minutes later Gheorghe Hagi scored Madrid’s second from a thirty-yard free kick that flew in off the bar. They were 2–0 up and cruising to the title. It was all so clear that, as Beguiristain tells it: “we had accepted the title was theirs. Then, it was 1–2. Then, suddenly, 2–2, then 3–2.”

    I'm doing a translation assignment. In the above paragraph, how to understand the word "off" in red?
    I mean, did the ball flew in the net and it was so close to the crossbar without touching it? Or, did the ball hit the crosssbar and bounce into the net?

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    Re: the ball flew in off the bar

    The ball hit the crossbar and bounced into the net.

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