By Alex Taylor
Germany brushed aside Slovakia with a convincing 3-0 win to saunter into the Euro 2016 quarter-finals – but Twitter was distinctly unimpressed with Mesut Özil’s 13th minute penalty in the game.
The World Cup holders were 1-0 up when Ozil was handed a golden chance to double the advantage but his spot-kick was neither powerfully hit or headed for the corner, and it was comfortably saved by the Slovakia goalkeeper..
Ozil has been in fine form for his country during the summer tournament after being Arsenal’s outstanding player in the 2015-16 domestic season.
The creative midfielder has a well established reputation for his vision, passing range and ability to create goals, and also for his extensive Arsenal fan base on social media.
Tottenham fans predictably took delight in the playmaker’s penalty howler and stuck the boot in on Twitter. Here are some of the messages:
Xhaka – Penalty missed
Ozil – Penalty missed
Arsenal bottling DNA.
— Footy Humour (@FootyHumour) 26 June 2016
HAHAHAHAHAHA FIRST XHAKA AND NOW OZIL THIS IS AMAZING
— Jake. (@YedIin) 26 June 2016
Ozil with a Xhocking penalty miss
— Jäçk (@FfsMoreno) 26 June 2016
I’ve seen Ozil take 4 pens now and he’s missed all 4 haha
— 12th. (@_The12thMan) 26 June 2016
SAVED! Ozil’s shot parried away! Stick to the assists, pal.
— Paddy Power (@paddypower) 26 June 2016
Ozil will miss every penalty he ever takes, except when he takes one against England in a semi-final.
— Tom Gordon (@GoonerGordo) 26 June 2016
So Ozil was assisting the goalkeeper ????
— Dani California (@ShazSkye) 26 June 2016
It remains to be seen how far Germany can go in this summers European Championships but they will face a challenge in the Quarter-Final, where either Spain or Italy will await them.
One thing we do know is that if it goes all the way to penalties, one particular German will be at the back of the queue.