Andrea Pirlo's failed Panenka vs Barcelona for AC Milan

Andrea Pirlo's Panenka vs Barcelona didn't go to plan...

Sergio Aguero's attempt at a Panenka versus Chelsea didn't go to plan.

The Argentine striker was handed an opportunity to score from the penalty spot to put Manchester City 2-0 up, but his tame chipped effort was easily saved by Edouard Mendy.

It was a miss that proved pivotal in the context of the game, with Chelsea going on to win 2-1 thanks to second half goals from Hakim Ziyech and Marcos Alonso.

After the match, Aguero apologised for his failed Panenka, writing on Twitter: "I would like to apologise to my teammates, staff and supporters for missing the penalty. It was a bad decision and I take full responsibility."

The Argentine's apology was certainly appreciated by supporters and the fact of the matter is that Aguero is far from the first player to miss from 12 yards when attempting a Panenka.

One man who knows exactly how the 32-year-old felt last Saturday at the Etihad Stadium is footballing legend, Andrea Pirlo.

Pirlo with Juventus

The current Juventus boss famously executed a perfect Panenka against Joe Hart in a penalty shootout victory for Italy over England at Euro 2012.

However, he also failed spectacularly when trying to perform the cheeky skill move in a friendly against Barcelona back in 2010.

Pirlo confidently strutted to the penalty spot and looked certain to score, but Pinto read his intentions and remained in the middle of his goal, allowing him to catch the ball with ease.


Carles Puyol and Ronaldinho couldn't believe what they had just seen from the touchline!

Is that worse than Aguero's? It might just be, although at least Pirlo's miss didn't occur in a game that could have secured a league title for his club.

So why do players attempt a Panenka in high-profile situations? Well, Pirlo tried to answer that question in 2014 when discussing his successful effort against England.

"I made my decision at the last second when I saw Joe Hart doing all sorts on his line," he told the Daily Mail.

"As I began my run-up, I still hadn't decided what to do. Then he moved and my mind was made up.

"It was impromptu - the only way I could see of pushing my scoring chances close to 100 per cent. There was no showboating - that's not my style."

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