Joel Campbell scores 'Simone Zaza' penalty for Arsenal

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Hands up if you knew who Simone Zaza was prior to this summer's European Championships in France. If your arm is aloft, you are a better football fan than I.

Few had ever given the Juventus star a second thought before his awful penalty against Germany during Euro 2016. The unorthodox run-up was designed to put Manuel Neuer off but only served to make his name a mockery.

His ridiculous spot kick was made worse by the fact that Antonio Conte substituted him on specifically to take a penalty in the quarter-final shootout. A series of tiny steps was followed by the sight of the ball sailing over the crossbar, causing an Internet sensation.

But even though Zaza has been lampooned for his efforts, it seems that the technique is being adopted by other footballers. Indeed, Arsenal star Joel Campbell obviously liked it and executed the strange running technique in Thursday's game against the MLS All-Stars.

The big difference between the two was that the Costa Rica international buried his spot-kick, placing it perfectly in the corner to give Arsenal a 1-0 lead. Take a look at the penalty below:


Needless to say, Twitter quickly saw the similarities between the two with fans suggesting Zaza should contact Campbell about some lessons on how to score penalties whilst messing about at the same time.

Another example

Zaza appeared so devastated by his penalty miss in the aftermath of that game, which Italy, of course, lost, that it is a wonder why anyone would risk a similar level of embarrassment by trying to emulate it.

“I missed the most important penalty of my life and I will carry this burden with me forever,” the Juventus forward was quoted as saying by The Sun. “I have always taken penalties like that and I was convinced I would score, I had sent him [Neuer] the wrong way but the ball set off and it went like that.”

But one man who didn't seem to care was NBA star Dirk Nowitzki who made fun of Zaza's curious incident in a recent charity match contested between Nowitzki All Stars and Nationale Piloti.

And, just like Zaza, he missed.

A reminder

Just in case you have somehow forgotten what Zaza's penalty looked like or simply fancy seeing it again, we have embedded a video of it below.

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