Red-faced Ramos! Spain defender Sergio misses TWICE from the penalty spot in the second half of Nations League draw with Switzerland as defender’s two-year perfect streak is finally broken
- Sergio Ramos missed two penalties in Spain’s draw with Switzerland on Saturday
- The centre back saw both attempts saved by Switzerland keeper Yann Sommer
- Ramos’ second kick was an attempted Panenka which barely got off the ground
The 34-year-old had converted 25 penalties in a row from 12 yards for both club and country and was handed a couple of chances to increase his tally in the Nations League group stage clash on Saturday.
Ramos was denied twice by Yann Sommer, however, with his second effort a shocking Panenka attempt which will leave Fulham star Ademola Lookman affording himself a sigh of relief.
Sergio Ramos saw two poor penalties saved in Spain’s Nations League draw with Switzerland
The Spain defender was left red-faced and Gerard Moreno spared his blushes with an equaliser
It was a landmark occasion for Ramos in Basel, with the Real Madrid talisman becoming Europe’s most-capped international men’s player in history.
His appearance was his 177th for Spain, allowing him to overtake Gianluigi Buffon in the rankings.
But instead of celebrating the achievement, Ramos will be left to reflect on his horror evening in the spotlight.
Ramos saw a first spot kick pushed out from the bottom corner before attempting his Panenka
His first penalty, which was drilled low towards the bottom corner, was pushed behind by Sommer and the second was an agonising miscue.
Lookman was forced to apologise after his ambitious chip from the spot against West Ham had been denied, and Ramos was subjected to similar criticism after attempting a similar move.
The centre back’s cheeky chip failed to get off the ground and Sommer was able to take an easy catch.
Remo Freuler handed Switzerland the lead on 26 minutes after tucking in Breel Embolo’s cross, but substitute Gerard Moreno spared Ramos’ blushes when he equalised at the death.
The Panenka effort failed to get off the ground and allowed Yann Sommer to make an easy stop
Ramos’s two-year perfect streak from 12 yards saw him net 25 penalties for club and country
Spain boss Luis Enrique insisted after the game that Ramos would remain on penalty duties.
He said: ‘Sergio’s numbers for penalties are out of this world.
‘If there had been a third penalty, he would have taken that one as well.’
The draw has left Enrique’s men one point behind Germany, the group leaders, and the two heavyweights will face off on Tuesday in their final group game.