Vissel Kobe and Yokohama FM miss nine penalties in a row during Japanese Super Cup shoot-out

  • Rob Swan

Vissel Kobe won the Japanese Super Cup final against Yokohama F. Marinos on Friday night.

The two sides played out a thrilling 3-3 draw, with Yokohama FM equalising three times during the 90 minutes.

The match subsequently went to a penalty shoot-out – and this is when things became even more dramatic.

Thiago Martins scored first before the legendary Andres Iniesta put Vissel Kobe back on level terms.

Takahiro Ohgihara and Junya Tanaka also converted for Yokohama FM and Vissel Kobe, respectively.

Nobody inside the Saitama Stadium 2002 could have predicted what would happen next.

A staggering nine – yes, NINE! – penalties were missed in a row. Unbelievable.

Watch the footage here…

Have you ever seen anything like it?

Edigar Junio saw his spot-kick tipped onto the post by Vissel Kobe goalkeeper Hiroki Iikura, before Keijiro Ogawa watched his effort slam back off the woodwork.

Kota Mizunuma then smashed his penalty into orbit, but Daigo Nishi was unable to put Vissel Kobe ahead moments later.

Ken Matsubara was the next player to miss before Leo Osaki blazed over.

Takuya Wada then had his spot-kick saved before former Arsenal and Barcelona defender Thomas Vermaelen missed.

Keita Endo then missed the ninth successive penalty before Hotaru Yamaguchi finally put everyone out of their misery by successfully converting the 14th spot-kick of the shoot-out.

This has to be a serious contender for the worst penalty shoot-out of all time.

But that won’t bother Vissel Kobe, whose players – including Iniesta – proudly celebrated becoming 2020 Japanese Super Cup winners.

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