With Spain left reeling by three goals from Brazil in the first 47 minutes of the Confederations Cup final, Spain were given a golden opportunity cut that lead and gain a modicum of momentum when they were awarded a penalty in the 53rd minute. On a team that made all seven of their penalties when they beat Italy in a shootout to reach the final, there were plenty of options for who should take it. Xavi, Andres Iniesta, Pedro, Juan Mata or even the tournament's leading scorer — Fernando Torres.
So who stepped up to the spot? Sergio Ramos. The very same Sergio Ramos who skied a penalty in Real Madrid's shootout loss to Bayern Munich in the 2011/12 Champions League semifinals. But that was a while ago and he did make one against Italy, so surely he would come through again...right?
No. And Xavi seemed to know what was coming before The Ramos even began his run-up....
Haha, look at Xavi's face during Ramos's run-up for the penalty. He knew. pic.twitter.com/Nz9kNwF7qy
— Jack Widnell (@jackwidnell) June 30, 2013
Spain would lose 3-0 for the first time since 1985 against Wales, ending their 28-match unbeaten streak, but let's look at the bright side. At least Sergio Ramos kept this miss within the earth's atmosphere.