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From Bruno Fernandes' skip to Simone Zaza's Euros flop, there have definitely been different levels of success gained from changing technique from the classic run up and smash it.
Playing in the All-Japan High School Championship, Komi Ryota found a new level of penalty, one that literally looks like there has been a glitch in reality.
Perhaps taking inspiration from Zaza's infamous miss from the spot at Euro 2016, Ryota ran practically on the spot in his run-up for surely far longer than was necessary.
Luckily for the teenager he managed to score, with the shame of missing after such an effort possibly impossible to live down.
If you thought Simone Zaza's penalty run-up was excessive, then you need to see Komi Ryota taking the mick at the All-Japan High School Championship. Imagine if he missed... pic.twitter.com/uB6cUiBcxm- Jack Kenmare (@jackkenmare_) January 1, 2021
You can see the likeness with Zaza's effort...
Manchester United have had almost twice as many penalties as Liverpool since the start of last season despite the Reds having over 400 more touches in the box. pic.twitter.com/6UACoq5xkJ- Sam McGuire (@SamMcGuire90) January 2, 2021
10 - Leicester City have been awarded their 10th penalty in their 16th game of the season, the earliest a team has been awarded as many penalties in a Premier League campaign, surpassing Blackburn's 25 games in 1994-95. Spotted. pic.twitter.com/enfLbn1ZNH- OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 28, 2020
It is unclear why both teams seem to be receiving more penalties, but the introduction of VAR could have something to do with it.
The video review system has courted controversy ever sicne it has started being used, with the focus this season being on why so many handballs and slight touches have been given as fouls in the penalty area.
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