Josef Martinez took worst penalty of the year for Atlanta United against DC United

Tanish Chachra
|Published 22/07/2019

Josef Martinez made a huge blunder in the game against DC United as the player with an unusual run-up missed a chance to score.

Josef Martinez, one of the hottest properties in the Major league soccer made a bizarre penalty miss against DC United, in one of the most crucial matches for Atlanta City.

The penalty miss is now being deemed as the worst penalty of the year by the fans online. Although, the run-up which the player took before taking the penalty is the one he always take.

The 26-year-old player hops around the ball, stutters during his run-up and jumps with both feet off the ground before taking his shot. This in-ordinary technique by him usually works, but this time made him look silly on Saturday night.

Additionally, it was surprising to see him make such a blunder as he has a great record in the league after he amassed 61 goals in 70 appearances, and have won several accolades in the league.

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Although, the Venezuelan International compensated his miss after Gonzalo Nicolas Martinez opened the scoring in the 89th minute before Josef added a second in the 93rd minute to see his side making a 2-0 victory in the match.

However, the penalty miss remained a subject to laugh about for a while, but Josef saw his team get even more close to the top of the table, with the scoreline.

Atlanta United are second with three points behind Philadelphia, with a game in hand., but with Wayne Rooney‘s DC United only being one point behind them, the race to the play-offs seem very tight, as one goal can make all the difference.

Perhaps that’s something Martinez should consider when he steps up to take his next penalty – although it’s not likely he’s going to change his rather unique style anytime soon.

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Tanish Chachra

Tanish Chachra

Tanish Chachra is the Motorsport editor at The SportsRush. He saw his first race when F1 visited India in 2011, and since then, his romance with the sport has been seasonal until he took up this role in 2020. Reigniting F1's coverage on this site, Tanish has fallen in love with the sport all over again. He loves Kimi Raikkonen and sees a future world champion in Oscar Piastri. Away from us, he loves to snuggle inside his books.

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