How things have gone from bad to worse away from Chelsea for Fabregas

The Spaniard is in the middle of a difficult season with Chelsea but things have hardly improved on international duty.

Cesc Fabregas will have many happy memories from penalty shootouts involving Spain from over the years.

After all, it was the Chelsea midfielder who scored the decisive winners in spot-kick showdowns against Italy in the quarter finals of Euro 2008 and Portugal in the semi-finals of Euro 2012.

On both occasions, Spain went on to lift the European Championship trophy with Fabregas playing a starring role.

But fast forward on three years from the latter of those two wins and Fabregas is now probably the last man La Roja fans want taking a penalty.

That assertion comes after the Spaniard missed a fourth successive penalty for the national side, during their 1-0 win over Ukraine in Euro 2016 qualifying.

Though his effort was saved superbly by Shakhtar Donetsk goalkeeper Andriy Pyatov, it mark another downbeat chapter in Fabregas' poor season.

The Spaniard has already come in for stiff criticism from Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho this season and with the Special One watching on from the stands in Kiev, the miss could not have been more ill-timed.

While he may now have officially racked up the most assists in the history of the Spanish national side, following a comfortable win over Luxembourg, his recent efforts in front of goal will be cause for concern.

With Eden Hazard guilty of missing one penalty in the Premier League already this term and another for Belgium against lowly Andorra, Mourinho has his work cut out trying to find a confident spot-kick taker for the rest of the campaign.

One thing is for sure: it's unlikely to be Fabregas.

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