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5 funniest Panenka fails

Goalkeepers are usually the ones humiliated by Panenka penalties but sometimes the takers themselves can become the butt of the joke


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When it comes off, a Panenka is a great sight to behold

The Panenka penalty kick, named after its originator, the Czech forward Antonin Panenka, is a prime method for humiliating goalkeepers. The kicker shapes to go one way or the other but instead clips the ball straight down the middle, leaving the diving goalkeeper to watch on helplessly as it sails into the back of the net.

But things don’t always go to plan. And when they don’t, it is the penalty taker, rather than the goalkeeper, who ends up with his tail between his legs.

Here are 5 of the funniest Panenka fails.


#5 Fernando Tissone

It happened in a friendly and hence there were no lasting consequences. But Fernando Tissone’s penalty in a friendly between Malaga and the Argentinian side San Lorenzo in 2015, nevertheless, remains one of the most easily saved Panenka attempts in history.

If the goalkeeper can read the intentions of the taker, a simple catch often awaits him. But in this case, Tissone’s intentions were so readable that the goalkeeper didn’t even have to get his hands involved. He simply stood still and chested the ball down.

Afterwards, he turned to Tissone and offered some words that were unseen by the camera. His subsequent expression suggested they were something along the lines of: “Come on mate, did you really think I’d fall for that.”

Also read: 7 best Panenkas scored in crucial situations

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