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1976: Panenka's perfect penalty

Published: Saturday 3 August 2002, 6.05CET
The UEFA European Championship finals were held in Yugoslavia in 1976, with Czechoslovakia emerging as winners.
 
Published: Saturday 3 August 2002, 6.05CET

1976: Panenka's perfect penalty

The UEFA European Championship finals were held in Yugoslavia in 1976, with Czechoslovakia emerging as winners.

The UEFA European Championship finals were held in Yugoslavia in 1976, with Czechoslovakia emerging as winners.

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In the final, Czechoslovaks went two goals up early on, but once again the Germans fought back to equalise in the second half. Extra time came and went with no further scoring, and the match had to be decided on penalties. The Czechs led 4-3 after seven consecutive successful kicks; then Uli Hoeness put his kick over the bar. Antonín Panenka, under immense pressure, stepped up to take one of the coolest penalties ever, chipping the ball delicately into the space vacated by Sepp Maier’s anticipatory dive, and Czechoslovakia lifted the trophy.

 
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