There aren’t many players in the world who can pull off a Panenka. Alexandre Pato is not one of those players.
But unfortunately for the 24-year-old Brazilian, he thought it was a good idea to try against Corinthians on Wednesday night, and it costs his side a spot in the Brazilian Cup semifinals.
Gremio goalkeeper Dida saved his former AC Milan teammates’ poor Panenka attempt, and clinched a 3-2 penalty shootout win over Corinthians.
"I expected him to hit it in the middle, I just waited for it," 40-year-old Dida said after the match.
The World Cup veteran Dida had the young striker all figured out — experience trumped trickery. We’re guessing Pato will not get cute on penalty kicks any time in the near future.
Unless of course he gets specific training from Italian maestro Andrea Pirlo: