Andrej Kramaric messages Roberto Firmino after scoring no-look penalty v Borussia Dortmund

  • Rob Swan

Like most Brazilians, Roberto Firmino possesses a locker full of tricks.

The brilliant Liverpool forward’s favourite skill, though, is kicking the ball without looking.

Firmino is famous for his no-look finishes and passes. We’ve even seen the odd no-look nutmeg from Liverpool’s No. 9 in recent years.

Most footballers could only dream of successfully pulling off a no-look finish during a match, but Firmino has made a habit of it since joining the Reds from Hoffenheim in 2015.

Confidence is the key for this particular skill. If you’re a striker, certainly don’t attempt it during a goal-drought. There’s a good chance you’ll end up looking silly.

One forward who certainly had no trouble with confidence this weekend was Hoffenheim striker Andrej Kramaric.

The Croatia international, who had a brief spell with Leicester City a few years ago, scored all four goals in Hoffenheim’s surprise 4-0 away win over Borussia Dortmund on Saturday.

Feeling untouchable after his hat-trick, Kramaric stepped up to take Hoffenheim’s 50th-minute penalty and channelled his inner-Firmino.


But while we’ve seen some magical no-look moments from Firmino at Liverpool - we’ve never seen the 28-year-old attempt a no-look penalty.

Kramaric was brave enough to try it - and here’s what happened…

How about that, eh?

Kramaric scored all four goals in Hoffenheim’s winner and completed the rout by netting a spot-kick without even looking.


After the match, Kramaric took to Instagram to send a message Firmino and paid tribute to the newly-crowned Premier League winner.

Alongside a photo of his no-look penalty, Kramaric wrote: “@roberto_firmino 🙌🏻 Fear❓NO 🔥 “

Love that!

With Liverpool’s title now safely secured, perhaps we’ll see a no-look penalty from Firmino during the final weeks of the 2019-20 campaign.

"I remember the first no-look goal I scored for Hoffenheim," Firmino told Bleacher Report in 2019. "Against Werder Bremen, I think. Something like that.

"I rounded the goalkeeper and turned away from it. It came from nowhere; the idea just came to me. It's dangerous, isn't it? You can miss out on a goal. But whenever the chance comes, I do it."


He added: "My idol in football was always Ronaldinho Gaúcho. It was that time when he was creating so much magic, playing incredible football. He was my role model. It's really good to be able to show your ability to the fans. Being happy on the pitch, where you're doing what you love, is important."

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