Sergio Ramos and Karim Benzema’s cheeky penalty stunt left them red-faced.© Twitter
Real Madrid romped to their 34th La Liga title with a game to spare on Thursday. Barcelona’s shock 1-2 loss had already given Real Madrid the league title and Zinedine Zidane’s men celebrated in style with a 2-1 victory over Villarreal in the later game. The match against Villarreal saw Karim Benzema add to his goal tally with a brace. The Frenchman now trails Barcelona star Lionel Messi (23) by just two goals in the race to become La Liga’s top-scorer this season with a game remaining. Sergio Ramos is Real Madrid’s designated penalty-taker, but instead of handing over the duties to Benzema in the match against Villarreal, so that he could go closer to Messi, Ramos tried to bizarrely pass a penalty kick to Benzema, which was disallowed by the referee.
The Frenchman had encroached into the area too early and therefore the goal didn’t stand. Much to Villarreal’s frustration, Real Madrid were allowed to retake and this time Benzema made no mistake to score his 21st goal of the league season.
Having already taken the title away from Barcelona, Ramos and Benzema were probably trying to steal the Catalans’ thunder but things didn’t go as planned.
Ramos and Benzema try to re create Barcelona’s vingare goal but penalty is disallowed! pic.twitter.com/7Z4Pk4punK
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This is not the first time something like this was attempted. Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez had successfully pulled it off in 2016.
This penalty routine was made famous in 1982 by the great Johan Cruyff and Jesper Olsen with the pair pulling it off while playing together for Ajax. However, the first recorded version of the penalty reportedly was as far back as 1957 when Belgium duo Rik Coppens and Andre Piters did a one-two with the former scoring.
In 2005, Arsenal duo Thierry Henry and Robert Pires tried to recreate the penalty routine but were left red-faced after making a complete hash of things.
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