Zimbabwe team Dynamos mess up pass penalty

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It turns out that replicating the Lionel Messi-Luis Suarez penalty - or the Johan Cruyff-Jesper Olsen penalty, if you’d prefer - is actually pretty difficult.

Just ask Zimbabwean side Dynamos, who attempted to execute the same audacious spot-kick in a match this week.

The penalty taker looked nervous before playing the pass, which was a little under-hit. His teammate then rushed in to apply the finish but was denied by one of the opposing defenders, who slid in and did enough to put off the Dynamos’ player. (Scroll down this page to watch the video).


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The crowd gasped at what they’d just witnessed; a golden chance to score wasted.

Messi and Suarez made it look easy - or so it seemed at the time - but it really is a tough penalty to successfully pull off.

Video: Dynamos try out the pass penalty

Even the 'MSN' sort of got it wrong

Even Barcelona’s ‘MSN’ kind of got it wrong, although it could be argued that any penalty that ends up in the back of the net is a good one.

Neymar revealed after the match that Messi’s pass was, in fact, intended for him - but fortunately for the Argentina genius, Suarez was on hand to apply the finish.

"It was for me, we had practiced it in training!" Neymar said with a smile, per ESPN, after the 6-1 win over Celta Vigo. "Leo and myself had practiced but Luis was closer and he scored it.

"Our friendship is the most important thing. It doesn't matter who scores the goals just that we win the games."

Gerard Pique tried it in 2012

Gerard Pique also tried to score a pass penalty in an indoor match between two Barcelona teams in 2012; however, like Dynamos, he got it all wrong.

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Pires and Henry messed it up - big time

And who could forget Robert Pires and Thierry Henry’s disastrous effort while playing for Arsenal against Manchester City in a Premier League match in 2005.

Arsenal's U16s show us how it's done

But it’s not an impossible penalty to execute. Arsenal’s Under-16 side, inspired by Messi and Suarez’s recent exploits, did it to perfection in a match last week.

Cruyff doesn't agree that it's disrespectful

Some football fans insist this type of penalty is disrespectful, but Cruyff - perhaps unsurprisingly - doesn’t agree with that argument at all.

“How is it possibly a lack of respect?” Cruyff was quoted as saying by the Daily Mail. “Back then [when Cruyff scored his unusual penalty] nobody thought anything of the sort. It just doesn't make sense at all.

“It's football, it's entertaining, something different. And football is just that, entertainment; it's a game.

“And that's what Messi is about, having fun and entertaining people.

“And how can it be a lack of respect when Celta played so well? The real folly is not to recognise the fact that Celta had a great game.”

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