Playing penalties may be unfair, but it is a lot of fun. It is the cruelest way to lose, but also the most cathartic way to win.
If you’re looking for the best penalty shootouts of all time, go no further than this list.
5. Ivory Coast 12-11 Cameroon – 2006 African Cup of Nations quarter-final
In the 2006 Africa Cup of Nations quarterfinal match, Cameroon’s Samuel Eto’o met Ivory Coast’s Didier Drogba.
After extra time and a 1-1 deadlock, the game went to penalties. As a result, each team was awarded eleven penalties.
In denying Cameroon’s eighth penalty, the Ivory Coast team was told to take the kick again by the referee.
Penalties had to be retaken due to the fact that all eleven players had scored by this point. Eto’o’s penalty was saved by Drogba, and the Ivorians won the game with a 1-0 victory.
4. Italy 5-3 France, 2006 World Cup final
In the grand scheme of things, Fabio Grosso was a rather average footballer, but in the summer of 2006, he scored the game-winning goal in one of the greatest World Cup semi-finals ever, and then the game-winning penalty in the final. Not bad.
3. Manchester United 6-5 Chelsea – 2007 Champions League final
The 2007 Champions League final pitted Manchester United against Chelsea. United’s first goal came courtesy of a rocket header from Cristiano Ronaldo.
In the final seconds of the first half, Lampard scored an easy goal to bring the game level.
There was no change in the score throughout the match, and it went to penalties. Chelsea scored four goals in a row after Cristiano Ronaldo missed his penalty.
However, John Terry slipped during Chelsea’s final penalty and the game ended 4-4 in favor of Chelsea.
Anderson and Kalou both netted a penalty in the shootout.
When the opportunity arose, Giggs took it head-on.
United became European champions because Anelka missed the game-winning goal. Van der Sar’s heroics in the championship game earned him the title of “Man of the Match.”
2. Brazil vs Italy -1994 final
As Roberto Baggio needed to score to keep Italy’s dreams alive, the moment approached where he might be a national hero or a villain.
As he prepared to execute the most significant penalty kick of his life, the forward walked slowly towards the net.
It was a heartbreaking moment for Italian fans all over the world when he ran up and kicked the ball over the crossbar.
Brazil was crowned World Cup champion for the fourth time, while Italy was forced to return home empty-handed as the runners-up.
1. Chelsea 4-3 Bayern Munich, 2012 Champions League final
If Didier Drogba hadn’t come back a few years later, this would have been the perfect time for him to depart Chelsea.
On this data, you have to wonder why David Luiz doesn’t take penalties more often.
He equalized when Chelsea was 1 goal down in 88 minutes and took the decisive penalty.
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