FC Barcelona is on the verge of winning its 27th LaLiga title, with a 13-point lead over second-placed Atletico Madrid with just five games to go. The Blaugranas could seal the title this Sunday against Espanyol, but this season could end with a striking note as the team hasn’t scored a penalty goal so far. Here are some interesting facts about Barcelona and penalties this season:
- The team hasn’t scored a single penalty goal in the current league campaign, which is unusual for a team of their calibre.
- Robert Lewandowski had a chance to break the spell but missed the spot-kick in the 2-0 win against Almeria in Matchday 13.
- Ferran Torres also tried his luck from the penalty spot but failed to score against Valencia in Matchday 24.
- If Barca doesn’t score from a penalty until the end of the season, it would break a 54-year-old record, as the team last finished a season without scoring a penalty in the 1968-69 season.
- Back then, Josep Fuste was the team’s penalty taker, and he missed the only penalty Barcelona took that season against Athletic Club, which was saved by legendary Spanish goalkeeper Jose Angel Iribar.
Barcelona could make history this season by winning the title without scoring a single penalty goal. While penalties may seem easy, they can often be tricky, as even top-class players can miss them. Nevertheless, it will be interesting to see if the team can break this record and clinch the title without converting a single penalty.