GIF It: Andrea Pirlo’s sumptuous Panenka penalty (England v Italy)
Taking a chipped penalty takes balls of steel at the best of times. But in a shootout at a major tournament, when your team has already missed one and when you’ve got previous for missing Panenka penalties: that takes balls of titanium.
So that clanking noise you can hear is obviously Andrea Pirlo jumping up and down in celebration.
Pirlo said: “At the moment I saw the goalkeeper making strange movements, so I waited for him to move and hit it like that.
“It was easier for me to chip it at that stage. Maybe my effort put some pressure on England and in fact Ashley Young missed the next one after me.”
The Juventus midfielder has previously missed a chipped penalty. His failed effort came against Barcelona in the pressure cooker environment of the Gamper Trophy. It’s safe to say that if you let him pick which one of the two he would want to miss, he’d probably do it this way round.