Since the days of Félix Chilavert, it’s been a rarity for a goalkeeper to take a penalty when there are outfield players who could deliver the job.
The fans at the Wembley Stadium and the entire football world were shocked to see Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois appointed to take the second spot kick for Chelsea, and the Belgian ballooned it over the bar.
Despite Courtois’ miss, Mark Lawrenson has backed goalkeepers to play penalties more as he believes they play a lot of dead balls during the match.
“I worry why goalkeepers don’t take more penalties because if you really seriously think about it and we live in a world of stats with football nowadays,” he said on Match of the Day.
“They strike more dead balls than anybody else on the football pitch it was just a poor penalty.”