None can forget that bizarre tiebreaker event between Liverpool and Middlesbrough on 23 September 2014 in the third round of the Capital One Cup competition where Liverpool managed to win 14-13 on penalties when Boro winger Albert Adomah missed the 30th spot-kick of the shoot-out.
Patrick Bamford’s first kick was saved by Liverpool custodian Simon Mignolet, but Raheem Sterling missed Liverpool’s fifth and sent the shootout to sudden death. Surprisingly the next 20 penalties were scored by the two teams including their goalkeepers, whereas several scored twice from the spot!!
But it still failed to reach the highest score ever recorded in a penalty shootout.
Very few of us keep track of Argentinian football league – the fourth division of Argentinian soccer is beyond our knowledge. But the record-breaking event took place in the 2009-10 season when Juventud Alianza and General Paz Juniors faced each other in the qualifying round of the Apertura for the Ronda Final at the end of the season. After a 3-3 tie in the aggregate over two legs, the match headed to the penalty shootout to decide the winners.
What happened after that was pretty amazing. Both the teams took 42 spot-kicks altogether and the Juniors clinched a 21-20 victory when the final penalty for Alianza was saved by Juniors goalkeeper M. De Tobillas. Before that, all 40 penalties were converted by the players from both the sides. Eventually, Tobillas, who saved the 41st spot-kick of the game, stepped up and scored the decisive goal for the Juniors to earn them a crucial victory in the thrilling encounter.
Alianza custodian Gonzalez failed to stop any of the 21 penalties taken by the Juniors. Ruiz, who scored once already, failed to convert from the second attempt which cost them the match. A penalty shootout is always heartbreaking for one particular side; this event was a lot more painful and traumatic for the Juventud Alianza that too after such a prolonged and dramatic engagement.