K-League stars nail Thierry Henry and Robert Pires penalty routine

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Where Thierry Henry and Robert Pires failed so gloriously all those years ago, a Brazilian duo from the K-League have succeeded.

The Arsenal duo's famous penalty was as farcical as it was funny, opening up the pair of Premier League legends to ridicule. But Brazilian stars Kaio and Leonardo, who ply their trade in the South Korean K-League, have managed to pull off what Henry and Pires struggled to do - the pass penalty kick.

Of course, Kaio and Leonardo, while no doubt decent players in their own right, are not playing in the pressure cooker of the Premier League. It's unlikely millions of people would watch their YouTube videos had they failed.

A whole nation would not be laughing at them. It's the K-League, not the Champions League.

But still, they nailed it and you've got to respect that. It takes some cojones to even attempt it, let alone have the test of nerve to successfully finish it.

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In case you're unfamiliar, basically it involves the penalty taker (Leonardo) running up to the ball. So far, so normal.

But rather than blast it past the keeper from 12 yards, Leonardo gently rolls the ball into the path of the onrushing Kaio, who comes steaming into the penalty box after Leonardo's touch.

Now, in this video the referee should have stopped the play and ordered a retake - because Kaio is clearly in the box before he should be. He must wait until Leonardo touches the ball before he is allowed in the box. He doesn't and the referee still lets it go.

Obviously Kaio then holds his nerve and slots it under the goalkeeper. Nicely done.

Check it out in the video below...


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