Mario Balotelli Misses First Penalty Of Professional Career As Pepe Reina Makes The Save (Video)

Chris Wright

23rd, September 2013


By Chris Wright

Italy Soccer Serie A

Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone, prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone, Mario Balotelli has missed – repeat, MISSED! – a penalty. Yes, you read that correctly.

The editor of had their work cut out last night.

After successfully converting 26 straight penalties for both club and country (21 in official matches) since making his professional debut, Balotelli saw spot kick number 27 repelled by Napoli ‘keeper Pepe Reina at the San Siro last night as Milan lost 2-1 at home to leave them 11th in Serie A having picked up just four points from their opening four games….

That wasn’t the end of the night’s frolics for Balotelli, who went on to score a peach of a consolation goal for Milan before getting himself sent off after the final whistle, picking up a second yellow for arguing with the referee about something or other.

Here’s the goal…

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  1. Bruce says:

    does anyone else think that reina could of got a hand to that shot?

  2. Rob says:

    The straight run up gave the penalty away. Anyone know the rules on the stutter step before taking the kick?
    I’m sure it was ruled illegal a couple of seasons ago.

  3. dc says:

    Rob, it’s only if the player stops his forward motion completely. It’s perfectly legal to simply “slow down” your run up, and it’s a pretty crafty technique if you ask me

  4. Rob says:

    DC, thanks for clearing it up, it’s been bugging me for ages.

  5. Cosa says:

    He is a second class Ricky Lambert

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