When Panenkas Go Wrong

Panenka Perfection

FC Porto took on Rio Ave yesterday, and no one could have foreseen the comical penalty miss which would ensue for Colombian star Jackson Martinez.

Looking somewhat uncertain while the camera loomed over him lingering eagerly at the penalty spot, Martinez obviously had it in his head that he’d go for the audacious.

Porto players’ reaction

While Panenkas look sublime when they come off, you look like a right fool if you fail to hit the back of the net.

The latter was the case for Martinez, and his manager’s face afterwards was priceless to say the least.

But Martinez spared his and Porto’s blushes scoring 2 goals in the second half to lead his side to a 2-1 win over their opponents. Ironically enough, one of his two goals was an early penalty in the second half.

It’s safe to say that the Colombian won’t be trying this again.


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