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Mario Balotelli’s 100% Record of Scoring Penalties Ends After Pepe Reina Saves No. 27 [VIDEO]

mario balotelli Mario Balotellis 100% Record of Scoring Penalties Ends After Pepe Reina Saves No. 27 [VIDEO]

Mario Balotelli’s perfect record of never having missed a competitive penalty has come to an end. After not missing any of the 26 penalties he took for AC Milan, Manchester City, Inter Milan and Italy, Balotelli’s record was finally broken today when Napoli goalkeeper Pepe Reina saved penalty number 27.

Balotelli is regarded as one of the world’s best penalty kick takers.

Here’s what Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart said about his amazing talent:

“He’s got this mad ability where he doesn’t need to look at the ball. If you don’t move he kicks it in the corner; if you do move he kicks it the other way – it’s almost impossible to stop.”

Here’s the penalty kick that was saved by Reina today:

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Founder and publisher of World Soccer Talk, Christopher Harris is the managing editor of the site. He has been interviewed by The New York Times, The Guardian and several other publications. Plus he has made appearances on NPR, BBC World, CBC, BBC Five Live, talkSPORT and beIN SPORT. Harris, who has lived in Florida since 1984, has supported Swansea City since 1979. He's also an expert on soccer in South Florida, and got engaged during half-time of a MLS game. Harris launched EPL Talk in 2005, which was rebranded as World Soccer Talk in 2013.
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One Response to Mario Balotelli’s 100% Record of Scoring Penalties Ends After Pepe Reina Saves No. 27 [VIDEO]

  1. JBrevetti says:

    That’s just great goalkeeping (and mind game); leaning one way and then diving the other lightning fast to make the save.

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