Over the years, penalty-kick takers have come up with innovative tricks to flummox the opposition goalkeepers. This trend is not just restricted to lower levels of football but even in the top leagues and on the international stage, players have tried all sorts of things to get the better of goalkeepers. Italian and Chelsea star Jorginho has a unique style of jumping and looking to see where the goalkeeper is moving just before he strikes the ball. Manchester United star Paul Pogba too has an unusual run-up to take his penalty.
In what was described as an "utterly ridiculous" take, an absurd event from the All Japan High School tournament stole the show. The match between Ryutsu Keizai Ogashi and Kindai Wakayama went into a penalty shootout. But things took a bizarre turn when a player from Ryutsu Keizai Ogashi came up to take his spot-kick.
His planning before striking the ball itself took 30 long seconds. He did a fake jump so as to trap the goalkeeper. Luckily for him, he successfully managed to convert the penalty with the goalkeeper diving the wrong way. The video surfaced online and fans went on to call it "mad moments" during the match. The video will serve as comic relief for football fans.
Check out the video here:
Over the past few days, several COVID-19 cases have been reported within the Premier League. Many matches were cancelled, postponed and several players have been isolated. However, most players have been double vaccinated. The recent victim of the Coronavirus was Lionel Messi.
A total of 17 Premier League games have already been called off and clubs are seeing more positive tests come back for staff and squad members. Decisions are made on a case-by-case basis for each club, and there are no set rules that will determine whether or not a fixture will get cancelled. According to the league, sporting and medical factors are taken into account in each of these decisions. In addition to the daily tests to get into training grounds, players and staff are taking a PCR test at least twice a week.