Memphis Depay scored what has been dubbed an “unsavable” penalty shot leading Barcelona to a 2-1 win on Sunday.
Former Manchester United player Memphis Depay scored one of “the most unstoppable penalties ever” on Sunday, leading Barcelona to a 2-1 win against opponent Elche.
Coming from a goal down, Barcelona managed to gain a 2-1 win against Elche, after initially scoring an instinctive close-range finish in the second-half by new signee, Ferran Torres.
With VAR having advised referee Alejandro Hernandez Hernandez to check for a foul, the referee awarded the Catalan club a penalty for a handball by an Elche defender. With less than 10 minutes remaining, Depay, 28, who came in as a substitute skillfully from 12-yards send the ball into Elche’s goalpost.
The Dutchman took just a couple of steps in his run-up and generated a thunderous power strike. Depay furiously sent the ball into the inside top-right-hand corner of the opponent’s net giving Elche’s goalkeeper no chance at all.
The Barcelona’s fans wasted no time in taking to Twitter to voice their appreciation for Depay’s beautiful finish:
A fan penned: “Absolute top bins.”
One tweeted: “Depay literally took an unsavable penalty…”
Another wrote: “One of the coldest penalties I’ve seen.”
Depay’s goal came late yet helped to beat Elche and consolidate the Catalan club’s place in the top four in La Liga. Moreso, Depay’s second goal in two games aided to move the Blaugrana into third place above Real Betis on 48 points.
The Barcelona team made hard work of it and with just a few minutes remaining, they were able to take the lead. All thanks to Depay making no mistake from the penalty spot, and that was what mattered, hence, smashing it into the top corner of the net.
Recall thatElche had a penalty appeal of their own. However, it got turned down. Remember the ball was flicked on from a corner.
After the game, Depay has this to say: “I was clear about how I was going to take the penalty. I like to take them like that.”
La Liga League table, Barcelona is not number 1.