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The art of taking a penalty


Original Euro master? Czechoslovakia's Antonin Panenka patented this style to win the shoot-out in the final of the 1976 Euros.

How is it done? Accelerate in your run-up and feign to power your shot but then slow down and slide your shooting foot under the ball to loft it into the air.

In theory, the already committed goalkeeper is powerless as the ball drifts over the line. Get it wrong and you look like an idiot.

Arch exponents? Dwight Yorke, Thierry Henry and Francesco Totti.

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