There have been two penalty shoot-outs at this World Cup and both have been, frankly, rubbish. One side has walked it, the other crumbling pitifully. First, Japan’s players proved to be way too nice against Croatia, padding the ball gently into the midriff of the goalkeeper. But at least the Japanese, even as they were evicted from the tournament, managed to convert one of their spot kicks.
The former Manchester United forward was left on the bench against Switzerland as his replacement Goncalo Ramos scored a hat-trick.
The Spanish backlash against the country’s shock World Cup last-16 exit has begun with the nation’s media questioning the future of head coach Luis Enrique, following the penalty shootout defeat against Morocco.