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Club America bring back controversial two-man penalty against Atlas

There are numerous ways to put the ball in the back of the net when it comes to converting a penalty kick. From taking a small stutter to send the goalkeeper the wrong way, to going for power and placement, or to cheekily dink the ball over the ‘keeper in Panenka fashion – there are a number of ways to score from twelve yards, and all of them count the same.

But Club America made news after scoring a penalty in a very bizarre and unique fashion after they took a two-man penalty kick against Atlas in the Mexican league.

Atlas welcomed Club America to the Estadio Jalisco in Guadalajara in yesterday’s clash in the Mexican league. League leaders Club America were awarded a penalty in the 38th minute, and it was Francisco Cordova who stepped up looking to convert from twelve yards.

But instead of taking on the effort himself, Cordova unselfishly passed the ball into the stride of an onrushing Henry Martin, who slotted the ball into the net past a hapless and baffled Vargas in goal for Atlas.

The well-rehearsed training ground routine from Club America was simply too nimble for their opponents, as they took a one-goal lead in the game right before half time. America eventually secured the three points with a late strike from Richard Sanchez in the 90th minute.

Even though the highly controversial technique is mostly not practised, it was not the first time in football history that a penalty has been taken that way.

It was Rik Coppens and Andre Piters who combined to score for Belgium with the earliest recorded instance of a two-man penalty kick, while it was Johnny Newman of Plymouth Argyle who brought the “tandem” style of taking a penalty to the shores of England.

Johan Cruyff and Jesper Olsen of the Netherlands, as well as Robert Pires and Thierry Henry of Arsenal, were the other notable duos to take a penalty this way – while it was last done in the highest level of football when Lionel Messi passed the ball from the spot for Luis Suarez to score against Celta Vigo in 2016.

By Sagarneel Chakraborty

Living and breathing everything regarding the beautiful game for a decade. Avid follower of all things football, with a soft corner for the Blues.

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