BASEL, Switzerland, Nov.14 (Reuters) – Spain captain Sergio Ramos is used to getting the headlines for right and wrong reasons and did just that on Saturday against Switzerland, becoming the biggest European player ever and then the first Spanish player to concede two penalty in the game.
Spain captain Sergio Ramos
Ramos broke the record of the great Italian Gianluigi Buffon by playing 177th in a League of Nations match that ended 1-1, adding to an incredible collection of career feats in which he won all the major trophies for the club and country.
The defender did make his mark on the event, ending an impressive 25 straight penalty shoot-out, conceding two penalties in the second half, and a goal kick in the meantime, and Swiss striker Haris Seferovic failed to score 2-0.
Ramos could also have scored in open play late in the game just to avoid hitting the target, but Gerard Moreno found a way to level the score to prevent Spain’s second consecutive UEFA Nations League defeat after a 1-0 defeat to Ukraine last month.
But Spain coach Luis Enrique said Ramos’ double penalties will have no effect on his 34-year-old captain.
“Sergio’s numbers when it comes to taking penalties are available to few players. If we got the third or fourth penalty, he would have taken them too, ”he said. “He scored his last 25 goals, but there are moments like this in football.”
The best player in Real Madrid and Spain on penalties despite being a defender, Ramos has made penalties an art form in the last two years, and his last miss came when he hit the crossbar in a 3-2 Madrid defeat to Sevilla. in May 2018
He admitted to enjoying the high-stakes penalty situation, scoring some important penalty shots in Real’s run to La Liga last season and scoring from a spot in last year’s 3-1 win over Barcelona.
But in the end he met his match in the person of Swiss goalkeeper Jan Sommer, who guessed how to parry Ramos’s first penalty at the beginning of the second half, and then refused to succumb to the Spaniard’s deception performed by Panenk, which worked so well for him in the game … past.
“It’s a shame Ramos missed a penalty because he’s usually so good,” added Spanish striker Dani Olmo.
“But he’s very strong mentally, and I’m sure the next time he takes a penalty, he will score.”