The worst penalty ever? Celina kicks ball just TWO yards after slip

The worst penalty ever? Celina kicks ball just TWO yards after slip

Is this the worst penalty ever? Bersant Celina kicks ball just TWO yards after slipping in the run up as Swansea stumble to defeat at West Brom

  • Bersant Celina missed chance to equalise from penalty spot for Swansea City
  • The forward slipped during his run-up to take penalty before half-time
  • As a result he barely kicked the ball two yards before West Brom cleared danger
  • Swansea went on to lose Championship clash at The Hawthorns 3-0 

It’s a favourite question of football fans down the pub: what is the worst penalty you have ever seen? There are always a fair few candidates.

Arsenal duo Robert Pires and Thierry Henry’s attempt to bamboozle Manchester City in 2005 is always a favourite, some of David Beckham’s for England are still in orbit.

While on another scale Roberto Baggio might always have that nagging feeling he lost Italy the World Cup final by failing to hit the target in the 1994 shootout.

However, if Bersant Celina wanted to have his name spoken in the same breath as some of the greats of the game, he certainly didn’t want it to be like this after his abysmal attempt of a penalty kick for Swansea City on Wednesday. 

Bersant Celina slipped while trying to take a penalty kick for Swansea City at West Brom

The forward gestures to the penalty spot as he is confronted by Chris Brunt in the aftermath


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With his side 1-0 down at West Bromwich Albion, Celina stepped up looking to slot home an equaliser five minutes before half-time after City skipper Mike Van der Hoorn was fouled by Craig Dawson.

Instead he slipped while planting his standing foot next to the ball, resulting in his ball barely travelling two yards to goal before a Baggies defender cleared their lines.

As ever in such situation, the only thing a striker can do in the aftermath is turn around look at the penalty spot with their hands out in the faint hope that everyone can clearly see the area of grass around it is more slippery than a Twister mat doused in shower gel on an ice rink. 

Not only did it deny Swansea a chance to get back into the game, it seemed to flatten the visitors who went on to lose the Championship encounter 3-0 at The Hawthorns. 

Celina was hoping to equalise for the Swans who were 1-0 down five minutes before the break

However his standing foot slipped under him as he planted it next to the penalty spot

As a result, Celina slipped before he could clearly strike the ball with his right foot

West Brom took the lead through Chris Brunt before Mason Holgate scored in the 54th minute, with Jay Rodriguez adding a third five minutes from time. 

The result helped the Baggies maintain a very comfortable position inside the play-offs, while Swansea’s fifth successive away defeat leaves them 15th. 

After the game, Swansea manager Graham Potter backed Celina to bounce back from his penalty nightmare. 

Potter said: ‘It was one of those moments that you don’t wish on anybody. Fair play to anyone who wants to step up and take it. It is just a horrible moment that he will have to get over and deal with.

Celina’s effort saw him barely kick the ball two yards before West Brom defenders cleared

The miss proved costly as Swansea went on to lose the Championship clash 3-0

Defender Brunt wasted no chance to confront Celina following his embarrassing miss

‘It is easy to mock, of course, and I am sure he will get a bit of that, but that is just life. He has the courage to take the penalty, and it is up to us to stick by him and he will grow and get better for the experience.’

Despite the scoreline, Potter was pleased with parts of his side’s performance, adding: ‘Their keeper pulled off a couple of good saves, and at the same time we have not defended our box well enough.

‘The result is not what we like but there were a lot of positives from the performance, but the three goals were poor, and ultimately we have to take responsibility for that and be better.’


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