Italian striker intentionally misses last-minute penalty

Dirty Tackle

The Coppa Italia Dilettanti may not be the most glamorous competition in Europe — it's contested by amateurs — but the tie between Torres and Unione Sportiva Termoli has thrown up an unusual guilt-induced last-minute penalty miss.

Leading the match 1-0 (3-2 on aggregate), Termoli was given a dubious 90th-minute penalty when Vittorio Esposito went down in the box without being touched. Having been undeservedly awarded a spot kick, Esposito's conscience got the better of him when he stepped up and made absolutely no attempt to put the ball in the net.

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Torres appreciated the sporting gesture, but in the manner of its Chelsea namesake's recent performances, temporary excitement was followed by pangs of disappointment when it was dumped out of the cup.

Termoli also did something vaguely interesting in the first leg of the tie, when Fabio Cifani caught the keeper off his line with a long-distance lob...

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