The maximum penalty that has persecuted Raúl de Tomás since April

The forward, who finished the season missing three penalties in a row, has relapsed again. Before coming to Espanyol, he had only missed two in his career.


With a shot on Dragan Rosic, which opened Espanyol's win against Fuenlabrada (4-0), Raúl de Tomás certified on April 1 that it was going to be his last penalty goal during at least one good season. Little could the Espanyol striker imagine that he would miss three in a row in the next three days, that he would end up giving the ball to another teammate, and that his ineffectiveness would even carry over into the current campaign.Before Rayo Vallecano, in the preseason friendly played this Saturday at the Marbella Football Center, De Tomás scored his fourth consecutive maximum penalty, which he gave to Luca Zidane - the son of the coach who led Real Madrid when the striker left crossed, Two summers ago-. Far from this anecdote, and that it was a preparation match, it is surprising the lack of aim from 11 meters of the one who was the 'top scorer' in Second last season, capable, for example, of scoring a goal from his own field.After that goal at the RCDE Stadium against Fuenlabrada, Raúl de Tomás chained missed penalties against Albacete, Leganés and Almería in just two weeks, to the point that on the following day, when Espanyol returned to decree a maximum penalty in favor of a hand from Eric Curbelo, against Las Palmas, directly gave the ball to Adrián Embarba. It was useless that the significance of another error had been very relative, since the parrots were already winning at that time by 3-0.

The streak signed by De Tomás, although the friendly this Saturday is discounted, is very unusual in his career, whether it was in First or Second. Before signing for Espanyol, he had failed only two of the 13 he had had with Rayo (he converted four), Valladolid (three) and Córdoba (two). In other words, it was only wasting 15 percent. Last season, with three of seven missed, it increased to 43 percent. However, in a year and a half at Espanyol he has already transformed more penalties than at any other team: five. That is the way.

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