Panenkas are great. They look so effortless, so sly, so beautiful. Not to mention they make you look like a total boss if you get it right.
If, on the other hand, your Panenka doesn’t even make it to the goal line, you do not look like a boss. Romario BaldÃ© learned this the hard way.
The 18-year-old Benfica forward’s cheeky attempt in the UEFA Youth Champions League was hit so softly, the opposing Shakhtar Donetsk goalkeeper was able to recover from diving the wrong way and scooped the ball up.
BaldÃ©’s epic penalty fail proved to be fatal for Benfica, too. Shakthar later equalized in the second half and knocked the Portuguese side out of the competition on penalties.
And no, BaldÃ© did not get a chance to take a kick in the shootout. Shocker.
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