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FC Barcelona's Penalty Struggles: Club Have Missed 40 Percent of Their Penalties This Season

Ali Shibil Roshan
Messi missed a penalty against PSG
Messi missed a penalty against PSG / Xavier Laine/Getty Images
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FC Barcelona set out to do the improbable at Parc des Princes but failed as they had to settle for a 1-1 draw in the second leg of the Champions League round-of-16 tie with Paris Saint-Germain.

After having fallen to a 4-1 defeat in the first leg at Camp Nou, a 1-1 draw was not enough for the Catalan outfit to progress to the quarter finals of the competition.

Barcelona dominated the first half, but the game appeared to have been put beyond their reach when Kylian Mbappe scored a penalty goal in the 30th minute. However, Messi scored a stunner seven minutes later and when they were awarded a penalty in the injury time of the first half, there were hopes the Bluagrana might somehow pull off another incredible comeback.

But, Messi's attempt from the spot was poor and Keylor Navas, in PSG's goal, denied the Argentine. Had Messi converted that opportunity, we might have had a different story to the one we had at the end of the night.

Missing from the spot kick, though, has been a familiar experience for Barcelona, who have missed 40 percent of their penalties this season.

The Catalans has so far been awarded 15 penalties this season, and they converted nine of those and missed six.

Messi has missed two penalties this season, against Valencia in La Liga and PSG in Champions League. Martin Braithwaite failed to convert from the spot against Eibar in the Spanish top-flight, so did Antoine Griezmann against Real Betis.

Both Miralem Pjanic and Ousmane Dembele also missed a penalty each in Barcelona's 2-0 win over Cornella in the Copa del Rey.


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