Mario Balotelli misses first penalty of career in loss to Napoli


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It’s been a crazy weekend to say the least, folks. First, John Obi Mikel  actually scored a goal, then Barcelona lost the possession battle in a competitive match for the first time in 5 years (or an astonishing run of 317 games), and now Mario Balotelli has missed a penalty!

The only thing missing is Howard Webb being in charge of a match that Manchester United lose. Oh wait, that happened too!

Balotelli stepped up to the spot with Milan down 2-0 to Napoli in the 61st minute, but Pepe Reina denied him, waiting until Balotelli struck the ball to make his move.  Balotelli did get on the score sheet to make it 2-1 in stoppage time, but the penalty miss proved to be decisive as Napoli continued its perfect start to the season at the expense of the Rossoneri.

Before Sunday, Super Mario was a perfect 26 for 26 from the penalty spot in his career for both club and country:

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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.