You’d bet your house on Xavi Hernandez to score from the spot. The Spanish midfield-maestro forged a career on his ability to meticulously spray the ball around the field with unfaltering accuracy.
One of the most skilful players to ever play for Barcelona (now that’s some boast), Catalonia and Xavi himself wept after he played his last game for the club.
So when Xavi skied his penalty into the stands for his new club Al Sadd, we all staggered to believe what we’d seen.
Xavi moved to the Qatari giants at the end of the 2015 season; understandably wanting to see out the twilight of his career on the field rather than the Barcelona bench.
In the decisive qualifier for the Asian Champions League, Al Sadd managed to hold on for a 2-2 draw against rivals Al-Jazira; sending the game to penalties.
When Xavi stepped up to the 12 yard mark, his teammates must have felt confident that the Spanish International hero would slot it home.
Spanking the ball into the crowd, Xavi’s penalty cost Al Sadd their place in the Asian Champions League.
Unfortunately, Xavi’s costly penalty miss has earned him a place in the Penalty Hall of Infamy, where does his miss rank amongst these other aerial horrors?
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