LA Galaxy striker Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez apologized for a failed Panenka attempt that saw his team settle for a 2-2 draw with Sporting Kansas City on Sunday in Carson, California.
After scoring twice in the match, including a previous penalty in the 88th minute, the Mexico forward gambled with a Panenka on a spot kick in the 97th minute that was easily saved by opposing goalkeeper John Pulskamp, denying the Galaxy a game-winner.
John Pulskamp read the mind of Chicharito. 🤯
Denied the hat trick and stoppage-time winner from the penalty spot. pic.twitter.com/Ov6zbnOiyh
— Major League Soccer (@MLS) September 5, 2022
Hernandez, who scored the 200th and 201st goals of his club career before the failed penalty, said in the post-game press conference:
I am sorry, of course I am sorry. I did a huge mistake and I’ll take the responsibility.
My instinct took over. In Mexico we say ‘me jugo una mala pasada’ [it played a trick on me].