Penalty shootouts and how to bounce back from spot-kick failure

Roberto Baggio sent his penalty over the crossbar. Credit: PA

Bukayo Saka is not alone in missing a vital penalty in a major shootout and he will have plenty to comfort him after he saw his spot-kick saved against Italy in the Euro 2020 final.

England manager Gareth Southgate was quickly up to console him, knowing the agony first hand from his miss against Germany in 1996.

Down the years, other star names have failed from 12 yards in shootouts and gone on to win major titles without the moment defining their careers.

Here is a look at some of the others who have caused their teams to lose a shootout.

Roberto Baggio, Italy v Brazil, 1994 World Cup

The forward was a talismanic figure for Italy and an array of clubs, including Juventus and AC Milan. A creative player, Baggio was truly world class at USA '94, scoring an impressive five goals to help Italy to the final.

When he stepped up to the spot needing to score to keep Italy's hopes alive, few thought he would miss but the No 10 lofted his penalty high over the bar to conclude the game in Brazil's favour.

Baggio said in his autobiography: "Penalties are only missed by those who have the courage to take them," something Saka can take comfort in. He would go on to win the next two Serie A titles, as he bounced back from that day in Pasadena.

David Trezeguet, France v Italy, 2006 World Cup

The striker was second up for France in a final better known for Zinedine Zidane being sent off for headbutt on Marco Materazzi.

The former Juventus and Monaco player scored 34 times in 71 games for his country but could not convert from the spot, smashing the ball against Gianluigi Buffon's crossbar, before watching it bounce clear. Italy scored all of their penalties to earn victory in Berlin.

After the miss, Trezeguet struggled to get back into the France squad, as Raymond Domenech preferred other options. It was not a moment which defined his career, as six years earlier he had scored the golden goal, extra-time winner to secure the Euro 2000 trophy.

John Terry, Chelsea v Manchester United, 2008 Champions League

John Terry is comforted by Frank Lampard after Chelsea's defeat in 2008. Credit: PA

The Chelsea captain had the chance to win the final for Chelsea on a very wet night in Moscow. Terry stepped up to take the fifth and - what he hoped would be - final penalty for the Blues but the conditions were against him, causing Terry to slip just as he was about to hit the ball, resulting in his shot clipping the outside of the post and going wide.

The result was decided in sudden death with Edwin var der Sar saving from Nicolas Anelka to win the title for Manchester United. There would be redemption for Terry as Chelsea went on to win the Champions League in 2012 by beating Bayern Munich, but the defender was not on the pitch due to being suspended.

He would ensure he was the man who lifted the trophy, however, dressing up in full kit after the final whistle of a match, which was also settled by a shootout. Terry would also go on to win the Europa League the following season, in addition to an overall career haul of five Premier Leagues and FA Cups.

Chris Waddle, England v West Germany, 1990 World Cup

Chris Waddle whacks his penalty over. Credit: PA

The pressure was on the winger after Stuart Pearce had missed England's previous penalty. Waddle needed to score to keep the shootout alive but he stepped up and thrashed it just over the bar to end England's World Cup dream.

The takers who missed overshadow the fact goalkeeper Peter Shilton did not get near any of the West Germans' spot kicks. Waddle won the French title in two successive seasons and is now a successful pundit working for the BBC.

Gareth Southgate, England v Germany, Euro 1996

Gareth Southgate after missing his penalty against Germany in 1996. Credit: Neil Munns/PA Archive

It has been replayed throughout the summer, although the image of Andreas Kopke diving to stop Southgate's penalty will be permanently etched in his mind. Andreas Moller scored the next spot-kick to send Germany through to the final, as the 30 years of hurt was added to.

Southgate hoped to make up for his error this time around, as he led England to the final.

The miss 25 years ago has obviously burdened the manager, saying after beating Germany at Euro 2020: “I was looking at the big screen and I saw Dave Seaman up there. For the team-mates that played with me, I can’t change that. That’s always going to hurt.”