When the Panenka penalty is done right, it’s a thing of beauty. A seemingly effortless flick of the boot that floats into the back of the net whilst the keeper dives aside.
When the Panenka penalty is done wrong, it’s also a thing of beauty — but for an entirely different reason.
Behold, in an amateur match between Swords Celtic and Lorcan Celtic, as Swords forward Mark O’Brien gives this bit of skill a whirl to disastrous effect.
With his side already up 4-0, O’Brien walks up to the spot and dinks a ball with about as much force as a kitten sneeze. It one-hops right into the arms of the Lorcan keeper, who remained statuesque in goal.
Of course, now that the clip has hit the internet, O’Brien has opted for some damage control. He took to Twitter to claim his teammate won the penalty on a dive, so O’Brien muffed the penalty on purpose in a show of sportsmanship.
— Mark O Brien (@MarkOBrien16)March 25, 2014
Hmm, not sure we’re convinced.
Andre Santos is, well, still busy being Andre Santos.
The Arsenal man who was sent out on loan to Brazilian side Gremio (to huge sighs of relief by the Gunner faithful) missed the decisive penalty in a Campeonato Gaucho semifinal against Juventude by a lot. That ball still hasn’t come back down.
Some thought maybe Santos just needed a change of scenery to turn his form around. By the looks of it, maybe he should just look for a different profession instead.
You won’t see Jackson Martinez try another Panenka penalty anytime soon.
The Porto forward looked as cool as the other side of the pillow…until he didn’t. His look (and his manager’s) really says it all.
Incredibly, his teammates granted him a second chance at a penalty later in the match. That time, Martinez made no mistake.