Every time Harry Kane took two penalties in a game and why France misses followed a pattern

Every time Harry Kane took two penalties in a game and why France missed followed a pattern – Frank Augstein/AP

Harry Kane is one of the best penalty takers in the world, which made his early loss to France in England’s World Cup quarter-final defeat all the more shocking.

It was a penalty with a difference. There was the pressure of a historic opportunity, it was against Tottenham Hotspur team-mate Hugo Lloris and, somewhat unusually, it was his second penalty of the match.

Taking two penalties in a game is not unfamiliar territory for Kane, who said after the game it was a scenario he was planning for. It was actually the fourth time Kane had taken two penalties in an England shirt, and it has happened several times for Tottenham.

ITV pundit Eni Aluko made the interesting suggestion that England could have used a different taker for the second kick, especially given Kane’s familiarity with Lloris. There is some logic to this argument, but just imagine that the taker missed while Kane looked to the edge of the area.

We’ve watched all of Kane’s penalties despite taking two in the same game of his senior career, to see if he’s following a strategy and if that explains his nightmare in France.

Eintracht Frankfurt, Champions League, October 2022

1st penalty: scored
2nd penalty: Missed

Stop us if you think you’ve seen this one before. Kane last picked up two penalties in a game a few months ago, against Germany international Kevin Trapp in Spurs’ Champions League group game against Eintracht Frankfurt.

With his first penalty that night to put Spurs 2-1 up, Kane went with a powerful side shot after a short run to the right corner. Trapp guessed the right path, but the speed and height of the shot beat him.

Harry Kane scores a penalty against Frankfurt - Every time Harry Kane took two penalties in a game and why France missed followed a pattern

Harry Kane scores a penalty against Frankfurt – Every time Harry Kane took two penalties in a game and why France missed followed a pattern

Interestingly, when Kane stepped in to take his second penalty in the 91st minute, he produced an almost identical miss against France on Saturday night. Just like in Qatar, Kane tried to pick the top left corner and prioritized height, but went under. At 3-2 against Frankfurt’s 10-man squad, the stakes weren’t quite as high.

Kane misses his second penalty against Frankfurt - BT SPORT

Kane misses his second penalty against Frankfurt – BT SPORT

San Marino, 2022 World Cup qualification, November 2021

1st penalty: scored
2nd penalty: scored

A World Cup qualifier against San Marino was a presentable chance for Kane to dent England’s goalscoring record – which he equaled against France – and he duly delivered from the point of penalty. He waited for goalkeeper Elia Benedettini to dive and lifted his penalty straight through the middle, which is Kane’s wild card when not aiming for corners.

Harry Kane scores penalty against San Marino - Every time Harry Kane has taken two penalties in a game and why France misses followed a pattern - England national football team

Harry Kane scores penalty against San Marino – Every time Harry Kane has taken two penalties in a game and why France misses followed a pattern – England national football team

Once again Kane went high and into the top left corner with his second penalty although on this occasion it was perfectly executed. Recent evidence suggests Kane was sticking to a strategy against France, looking to hit the roof of the net. Maybe he thinks a second penalty against the same keeper requires an extra level of precision. It looks perfect when the ball is on the right side of the crossbar.

Harry Kane scores his second penalty against San Marino

Harry Kane scores his second penalty against San Marino

Bulgaria, Euro 2020 qualification, September 2019

1st penalty: scored
2nd penalty: scored

Taking penalties in the tournament playoffs at Wembley is Kane’s daily bread and he added two more to his England tally against Bulgaria three years ago. Dejan Iliev took a wrong turn for the first, with Kane sliding the ball to the top right corner, much like his first against Frankfurt.

Harry Kane scores penalty against Bulgaria - Every time Harry Kane took two penalties in a game and why France misses followed a pattern - SKY SPORTS

Harry Kane scores penalty against Bulgaria – Every time Harry Kane took two penalties in a game and why France misses followed a pattern – SKY SPORTS

The theme of Kane’s second penalty continued, as he headed left with height for his next kick. This one was not quite in the postage stamp like against San Marino, or his equalizer against Germany this year, but it was a very good penalty which was too much for Iliev.

Kane scores second penalty against Bulgaria - Every time Harry Kane took two penalties in a game and why France misses followed a pattern - SKY SPORTS

Kane scores second penalty against Bulgaria – Every time Harry Kane took two penalties in a game and why France misses followed a pattern – SKY SPORTS

Panama, World Cup 2018

1st penalty: scored
2nd penalty: scored

No joke from Kane in that 6-1 jaunt against Panama, which helped him become the first England player to win a World Cup Golden Boot since Gary Lineker. His first penalty is sent to the top left corner.

Kane scores first penalty against Panama - Every time Harry Kane took two penalties in a game and why France misses followed a pattern - BBC SPORT

Kane scores first penalty against Panama – Every time Harry Kane took two penalties in a game and why France misses followed a pattern – BBC SPORT

No attempt at Kane’s mind games with the second. The goalie guesses he’s going to change direction, but Kane produces a close line to his unstoppable first. Improvement of penalties. Should he have opted for the same team against Lloris?

Kane scores his second penalty against Panama - Every time Harry Kane took two penalties in a game and why France misses followed a pattern

Kane scores his second penalty against Panama – Every time Harry Kane took two penalties in a game and why France misses followed a pattern

Liverpool, Premier League, February 2018

1st penalty: missed
2nd penalty: scored

Another game in which Kane missed a penalty when asked to take two. In a thrilling Premier League game at Anfield in 2018, his first penalty was saved by Loris Karius who was saved when Kane tried to cut his penalty down the middle.

Harry Kane's first penalty against Liverpool is saved

Harry Kane’s first penalty against Liverpool is saved

Kane earned Tottenham a late equalizer by converting his second penalty of the game to make it 2-2. This time he picked a side and found the lower right corner, sending Karius the wrong way. Contrary to the recent trend, Kane did not attempt to find the top left corner with his second penalty.

Harry Kane scores his second penalty against Liverpool - Every time Harry Kane took two penalties in a game and why France misses followed a pattern

Harry Kane scores his second penalty against Liverpool – Every time Harry Kane took two penalties in a game and why France misses followed a pattern

That led to this clip of Kane as he left the pitch at Anfield, which has been sorely shared since his heartbreak against France.

Kane’s miss against France was therefore not the first time he had taken a second penalty in the same game, and followed a recent trend of aiming for the top left corner with his second. The execution let him down, but there was little to fault the strategy of getting back up.

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