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Was there a special reason for Hazard’s Panenka penalty against Newcastle?

The Belgian was the best player on the pitch by far and topped it off with a special penalty

Don’t be too hard on yourself Karl Darlow.

Some of the world’s best goalkeeper’s have stood helplessly as a dinked ‘Panenka’ penalty drifts slowly past them.

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Watch that one go in

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Watch that one go in

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In Chelsea’s 3-1 win over Newcastle at Stamford Bridge today Eden Hazard rubbed a bit more salt into the Geordies’ wounds with his cheeky spot-kick.

Victor Moses had been scythed down in the box after an exquisite Cesc Fabregas reverse pass.

They don’t always come off

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They don’t always come off

The little Belgian stepped up and executed a deft little chip to leave Darlow stranded as the ball floated in.

Hazard was in excellent form and completely ran the game.

He linked up well with Alvaro Morata and looked like the most dangerous player on the pitch for the majority of the game.

Hazard carrying Chelsea?

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Hazard carrying Chelsea?

But there is something that makes Hazard’s penalty even more special.

He did a Panenka on the day of the original Antonin Panenka’s 69th birthday.

The Czech Panenka went down in history when he stepped up to take a spot kick against Germany at the Euros 1976 and instead of blasting it, which was the norm those days, he chipped the ball down the middle as the keeper flew to one side.

The man and the moustache

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The man and the moustache

Whether Hazard’s effort was a nod to the Czech footballing legend we don’t know.

It’s hard to imagine it was a random coincidence that on the very day that the original Panenka was celebrating his birthday Hazard chose to commemorate the great man.

Panenka penalties are lovely to see any day of the year.

Good on you, Eden.