A spot of bother: Missing two penalties in one match

Bristol's Ivan Lucic saves penalty from Fulham's Cauley Woodrow

The unfortunate feat occurred twice during Saturday's fixtures, with two sides missing two penalties, and we are not short of past examples.

Fulham’s Tom Cairney misses a penaltyFulham’s Tom Cairney misses a penalty

Saturday's EFL fixtures were once again categorised by intensity and unpredictability, but also included some spot-kick shame for a couple of teams. 

Fulham were one of the culprits. Tom Cairney was the first to miss from the spot, his kick saved by Queens Park Rangers goalkeeper Alex Smithies. He was followed by Sone Aluko, who hit the post from another penalty in the 96th minute. QPR left with all three points in a mad 2-1 win.

Next it was Accrington Stanley's turn, in even more dramatic circumstances. Two injury-time penalties against Cambridge United, leading to two red cards for the men in question, but both saved by Cambridge goalkeeper Will Norris. Again, Accrington suffered for their wasteful nature and lost 2-1.

Past examples of this feat are not exactly scarce, especially in recent history.

Saido Berahino missed two penalties earlier this year as his West Bromwich Albion side lost 1-0 to Watford. Manchester City's Sergio Aguero proved that it can happen to the best when he failed to convert two penalties in 12 minutes during a Champions League qualifier against Steaua Bucharest.

Manchester City's Sergio Aguero looks dejected

In what must be some sort of record, there is evidence of a player missing three penalties in the same match! Martin Palermo squandered three penalties for Argentina in the 1999 Copa America.

So, if you are ever having a tough day at the office, just remember Mr Palermo's penalty taking. 

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