The best and worst two-man penalties

Barcelona found a new way to wow football fans on Monday, with a memorable penalty routine against Celta Vigo. Rather than shoot, Lionel Messi passed from the penalty spot, allowing team-mate Luis Suarez to run on and convert and complete his hat-trick.

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It was a breathtaking piece of play from Luis Enrique's side, with even the coach not appearing to have been in on the idea.

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The goal is sure to be played for years to come and goes down as one of the sport's most memorable penalties. However, it is not the first of its kind.

Here's some of those players who have tried to do likewise in the past - with mixed results.

1) Rik Coppens and Andre Piters - 1957

The first recorded 'tap penalty' came in a clash between Belgium and Iceland in 1957. with bewildered goalkeeper Bjorgvin Hermannsson looking on.

2) Mike Trebilcock and John Newman - 1964

Trebilcock, an FA Cup winner with Everton, scored a tap penalty while playing for Plymouth. In union with team-mate Newman he pulled the stunt against Manchester City, saying years later: "I was playing for Plymouth Argyle at the time and Big Malcolm Allison was the manager. It was one of his mad ideas."



3) Johan Cruyff and Jesper Olsen - 1982

Dutch master Cruyff ensured himself of another place on future highlight reels when he and Ajax team-mate Jesper Olsen played a one-two from the spot, with Cruyff scoring against Helmond Sport.



4) Robert Pires and Thierry Henry - 2005

Desperate to get in on the two-man penalty act, Arsene Wenger's Arsenal made a less than impressive job of it. In a game against Manchester City, Robert Pires ran up to take the kick but mis-kicked, meaning the onrushing Thierry Henry was out of sync. Sylvain Distin cleared and the pair were left red-faced.



5) Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez - 2016

When Messi was fouled for an 81st-minute penalty, all eyes were on the Argentina star as he looked set to register his 300th La Liga goal. Instead, he elected to lay the ball off for Suarez's hat-trick. 

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Published 15 February 2016 at 9:11am
Source: PA Sport