When there is a penalty shootout, there always has to be a fall guy, and that was Gonzalo Higuain after Argentina lost the Copa America final to Chile on spot-kicks.
The hosts won 4-1 on penalties, after a goalless draw, with Higuain and Ever Banega missing their efforts from the spot.
It was a bad night for second-half substitute Higuain, who also missed a glorious chance with the final kick of normal time.
The penalty from the Napoli striker was high, wide and not very handsome. Predictably, there were some less-than-sensitive replies.
[Vine] Penalti Higuain, nyasar ke planet mars 😒😒 https://t.co/nE9K6srStC— Jokes Bola FC (@JokesBolaFC) July 4, 2015
Waiting for Higuain's penalty to land... pic.twitter.com/uQ8xBC9Hjs— Uche Odoh (@KingUcheOdoh) July 4, 2015
Higuain's penalty pic.twitter.com/BH9tzUZad3— Eddie (@ovoeddx) July 4, 2015
Xabi and Pepe tracking Higuain's penalty..................... pic.twitter.com/2ELnnhLCVa— Kop End (@kopitetilldeath) July 4, 2015
He was unable to turn home Ezequiel Lavezzi's cross at the end of normal time, and there were some quick to remember that Higuain missed a great chance in the 2014 World Cup final.
Remember this Higuain? Two major finals now...ouch. https://t.co/7oRSmUVHEH— Tom Peck (@tompeck) July 4, 2015
The Higuaín effect. Higuaín should not be playing for Argentina.. pic.twitter.com/BFCBd2oPPL— Leo Messi (@messi10stats) July 4, 2015
Higuain went from real madrid to real bad like http://t.co/bcEcFxtaNk— Ars-end. (@ArsendWenger) July 4, 2015
When I saw Higuain getting ready to shoot the penalty pic.twitter.com/2uUuJzz4gZ— BarcaHD (@Barcelona_HD) July 4, 2015
Of course, if he had taken those chances, the legacy of team-mate Lionel Messi may have been altered.
If Higuain takes those two chances one year apart, is Messi the best player of all time?— Sid Lowe (@sidlowe) July 4, 2015