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'The Longest Penalty Run-Up In Football History' Has Taken Place At The All Japan High School Tournament

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'The Longest Penalty Run-Up In Football History' Has Taken Place At The All Japan High School Tournament

The annual All Japan High School Tournament has only gone and produced another incredibly bizarre moment, just days after a 'ring-a-ring a roses' free-kick from the same competition went viral.

Earlier this week, Japanese high school team Takagawa Gakuen scored from an unorthodox set-piece routine during their 4-2 win against Seiryo.

As you can see in the footage below, a group of attackers skip in a circle while holding hands for a few seconds before rushing forward and confusing the opposition.

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It hasn't taken long for the All Japan tournament to hit the headlines again. This time, in a clash between Ryutsu Keizai Ogashi and Kindai Wakayama, things took a strange turn during a penalty shoot-out.

After missing their first penalty, a Ryutsu Keizai Ogashi player stepped up to take their second after Kindai Wakayama made it 1-0. Was he nervous? Absolutely not.

In fact, he took tiny little steps for over 30 seconds in a bizarre scene. Can you imagine if he missed?

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Japanese high school football is known for producing some unorthodox penalty techniques; just ask Japanese forward Komi Ryota.

Many people believed he was taking inspiration from Simone Zaza's infamous miss from the spot at Euro 2016 when he ran practically on the spot in his run-up.

I've said it once and I'll say it again. Imagine if he missed this?

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Thoughts on the penalty routines?

Let us know in the comments.

Featured Image Credit: Reddit

Topics: Japan, Football

Jack Kenmare
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