Penalties really should be simple. 12 yards out, ball on the spot, only the goalkeeper to beat, hit it with power or hit it with precision. Sure you won't score every time but it get it right and you probably will.
So it's actually quite shocking how often those taking a penalty try and make it more difficult for themselves. Silly run ups, pausing in the middle and just generally trying to be too clever can only lead to disaster.
The Panenka could be seen in the same light. The cheeky chip down the middle looks fantastic when it's pulled off but it relies on the keeper being committed and going early, otherwise you lamely pass it back to him.
Brisbane Roar midfielder Bautheac either invented the false Panenka during their game against Adelaide United back in April 2019 or he managed to score after scuffing his attempt at a normal Panenka.
It was either the best penalty ever taken or the best miss-hit and, whilst we'd all like to believe it's the former, it definitely feels like it's the miss-hit.
Because the ball rolls so slowly towards the goal you get the feeling that despite diving the keeper had time to get up and save the penalty:
The spot kick put the Roar 3-2 up against their opposition just after the hour mark but they couldn't hold on to the lead.
Craig Goodwin equalised on 71 minutes, Baba Diawara put Adelaide ahead four minutes later and Isaias Sanchez added the gloss to the scoreline with five minutes left.
Bautheac has since moved back to Europe, with the French midfielder playing for Cypriot side Omonia since the beginning of the 2019/20 season.
Who knows if he's still trying to take penalties in the most ridiculous way possible!
Was it on purpose or not? Let us know in the comments.
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