To have the confidence and bravery to outwit your opposing goalkeeper by trying something audacious from the penalty spot can either leave you looking a genius or severely red-faced.
For 20-year-old Mexican midfielder Arturo Gonzalez his over-confidence and audacity has left him scarred with embarrassment.
With the score level at 1-1 against rivals Guadalajara, Club Atlas were awarded a 95th minute, potential match-winning penalty when Gonzalez stepped up.
Failing to channel his inner Zidane and dink the ball down the middle with a cheeky panenka, Gonzalez’s scuffed, left-footed effort allowed Guadalajara goalkeeper Luis Michel to extend his right-hand and divert the ball away from goal.
Snatched from his grasp
Atlas’ top scorer Gonzalez appeared to reel away in celebration at first before looking on horrifyingly as his attempt to win the game was snatched from his grasp.
The reaction of his stunned team mates told its own story as Guadalajara escaped with an unlikely draw to leave them three points clear of their rivals in third place.
The midfielder will surely think twice when faced with a similar situation in the future – if indeed Atlas allow the over-confident Gonzalez to resume penalty taking duties that is.
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