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My Magic Moment: Pirlo's Panenka penalty

Andrea Pirlo could be set for a fourth EURO should Italy qualify this week. UEFA.com looks back on one of his finest moments: THAT penalty against England in 2012.

My Magic Moment: Pirlo's Panenka penalty
My Magic Moment: Pirlo's Panenka penalty ©UEFA.com

With Italy nearing qualification for UEFA EURO 2016, we look back at one of the highlights of their 2012 campaign – THAT penalty from talisman Andrea Pirlo.

The Azzurri and England had played out 120 goalless minutes in their quarter-final in Kyiv, eliciting spot kicks. There were misses, there were saves and there were histrionics, but there was no doubting the crowning moment. Pirlo dinked his attempt – Italy's third – impishly down the centre, hoodwinking England goalkeeper Joe Hart in a move reminiscent of Antonín Panenka's famous effort in the final of the 1976 UEFA European Championship.

"I decided to do it when I was taking my run-up," said Pirlo, now 36. "I had seen that their goalkeeper was playing up a lot, making funny movements, so I got to the edge of the box, started my run-up and when I got to the ball, I decided to chip it over him. We had deserved to win. We had played better than them, keeping control of the ball."

Hear more from Pirlo and watch his penalty in the video above