Palmeiras ace Rony suffers penalty fail after crazy run-up in Club World Cup
Palmeiras striker Rony left a legacy at the Club World Cup that will be remembered for years to come – after he fluffed one of the daftest penalties ever seen.
The Brazilian saw his spot-kick easily saved by Al Ahly goalkeeper Mohamed El Shenawi as Palmeiras lost the third-place play-off on penalties.
Rony was denied after he tried to combine the techniques of Neymar, Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes in his crazy run-up.
Emulating the talents of three-world class footballers would surely result in an unstoppable spot-kick, right?
Wrong. The 25-year-old couldn't have failed more spectacularly as he became one of three Palmeiras stars to miss from the spot, with his undoubtedly the silliest.
With no goals scored in 90 minutes or extra time, the match in Qatar looked set to go down as a huge anti-climax.
But the entertainment was still to come in the shoot-out.
Rony's first mistake was starting his run-up so far back he was almost further away from the ball than the keeper.
Starting in the D outside the penalty area, he emulated Neymar's technique of shuffling sideways to his left before launching at the ball at full speed.
He then slowed down to a stuttering Pogba-style approach – but took his foot off the gas too much as his run became a tippy-toed walk.
Rony then channelled penalty specialist Fernandes with a hop – before embarrassingly shooting straight at the diving El Shenawi, who will probably never face an easier spot-kick.
The blunder unsurprisingly went viral, with one clip receiving 10,000 likes within hours of being posted on Twitter.
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Luiz Adriano and Felipe Melo also missed their spot-kicks for Brazilian side Palmeiras, with Egyptian outfit Al Ahly winning the shoot-out 3-2 despite failing to score two of their penalties.
The shoot-out victory meant Al Ahly finished third after Bayern Munich beat Mexican side Tigres in the final.
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