Galatasaray centre-forward Mauro Icardi recreated an infamous moment from Arsenal legends Thierry Henry and Robert Pires on Tuesday evening. The Turkish giants were awarded a penalty in their Super Lig clash against Istanbulspor with the scoreline poised at 0-0.
Kerem Akturkoglu stepped up for the spot-kick before laying it off for teammate Icardi, who had the entire open goal to aim for after the opposition goalkeeper had already dived. But the Argentine international somehow poked the ball wide of the post in what was one of the worst misses you will ever see from a match.
Clearly, the duo were trying to recreate the iconic goal that Luis Suarez scored from a Lionel Messi penalty back in 2016, which was famously converted when Dutch icon Johan Cruyff assisted Ajax teammate Jesper Olsen back in 1982. But the Turkish side's effort came off like former Gunners duo Henry and Pires, who failed in a similarly hilarious fashion in 2005.
During a game against Manchester City, Pires attempted to lay it off to his fellow Frenchman but the talented playmaker scuffed the ball instead. Henry argued years later that the referee should have allowed the penalty to be retaken as it hadn't moved from the spot.
«That penalty should have been retaken, because the ball never moved from the spot,» he told Sky Sports. «It didn't, and I don't know what the ref did or what Danny Mills was doing.
»On that one, the only mistake I did was I didn't [take] it. I should have passed it to Robert.
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