Sergio Ramos stunned the world when he missed two penalties in Spain’s UEFA Nations League match against Switzerland. The two failed penalties came after the record-breaker had scored 25 successive penalties.
The Group A4 UEFA Nations League match between Switzerland and Spain which ended 1-1 saw Sergio Ramos moved from a hero to the villain of the match.
Switzerland came fully prepared and hungrier to emerge victorious as they scored the first goal of the match in the first 25 minutes. They almost made it 2-0 but Sergio Ramos stepped up to show his greatness by making a goal-line clearance that saved Spain from a two-goal deficit.
However, such a heroic show was eclipsed by his two failed penalty kicks. The match which happened to be Ramos’ 177th game for Spain – the record for most international caps by a European player, showed the world that Ramos is not such a perfect penalty taker.
The Spain national team and Real Madrid captain won the first penalty when his header hit Ricardo Rodriguez on the back of the arm. He stepped up and tried to trick the Swiss goalkeeper Yann Sommer, but the goalkeeper successfully read his movement and stopped the ball from going through.
Another opportunity came for him to change the narrative in the 79th minute when Spain won the second penalty in the match. Sommer was smart enough to pick up Ramos’ poorly taken Panenka penalty.
The match almost ended 1-0 in favor of Switzerland but Spain head coach Luis Enrique introduced Moreno into the match and scored Spain’s equalizer in the 89th minute.
As it stands, the draw has forced Spain to remain second in Group A4 with 8 points behind Germany with 9 points. While Switzerland remained at the bottom of the group table.
Watch Ramos heroic and villain acts for Spain against Switzerland below:
Spain coach Luis Enrique defends Sergio Ramos
Even though Sergio Ramos missed two penalties in Spain’s draw against Switzerland, the head coach of the national team, Luis Enrique, insisted after the match that Ramos would have played the third spot-kick if the team had the opportunity.
He noted that “Sergio Ramos’ record with penalties is up there with the very best, and “it would be very unfair to take him off because he’s missed one, two, three” penalty kicks.
“If there were another penalty, he would’ve taken it…if he misses two, to take him off penalty duties would be a joke”, the coach added. “There’s a list of penalty takers and Sergio Ramos is at the top.”
Sergio Ramos might have another opportunity to redeem himself when Spain face Group 4A table-toppers, Germany, on Tuesday, 17 November 2020. The match which will take place at the Estadio La Cartuja in Sevilla will determine the country that will top the group table.