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Joselu explains his decision not to shoot at an open goal vs Cadiz

The striker describes a very bizarre play that somehow didn’t result in a goal for Real Madrid

Cadiz FC v Real Madrid - LaLiga EA Sports Photo by David S. Bustamante/Soccrates/Getty Images

In one of the most bizarre plays of the season, Joselu, with an open net in front of him vs Cadiz, got out of the way and let the ball roll out of bounds, instead of pouncing on the ball and scoring an easy tap-in.

The play started after Rodrygo was in a shooting position in front of goal, but decided to make a square pass to a wide open Joselu instead. Joselu, who thought Rodrygo was going to round the keeper, got out of the way — even if some theorized that he initially got out of the way because he thought he was offside:

“I just talked about it today with Rodrygo, who didn’t expect the ball from Jude either,” Joselu told Spanish TV show El Chringuito. “He first tries to make a pass, then he dribbles the goalkeeper... And when he dribbles I understood that he was going to continue the play and I tried to get away so that he ends up scoring a goal.

“In the end it was neither one nor the other.

“I think it’s the first time that a play like this happens to me, but well... It remains an anecdote and the important thing is that the team won and took the game forward,” he explained.

Luckily for Real Madrid, the game was already comfortably won and the miss was not consequential. It remains a humours anecdote.

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