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The Most Chaotic Penalty Shootouts of All Time

One of the most iconic penalty saves of all time | Shaun Botterill/Getty ImagesWho doesn’t love a penalty shootout? Anyone who has ever been involved in one, that’s who.For the neutral, it’s a delight. Drama and unpredictability normally followed by limbs of the highest order. It’s what football is all about.For those with a horse…

The Most Chaotic Penalty Shootouts of All Time
Darius Vassell, Ricardo
One of the most iconic penalty saves of all time | Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Who doesn’t love a penalty shootout?

Anyone who has ever been involved in one, that’s who.

For the neutral, it’s a delight. Drama and unpredictability normally followed by limbs of the highest order. It’s what football is all about.

For those with a horse in the race, however, it’s a waking nightmare. Just ask fans of Orlando City or New York City FC, who were recently subjected to this.

It got us thinking, though…what are the most insane penalty shootouts we’ve ever seen?

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— UEFA EURO 2020 (@EURO2020) November 19, 2020

7. Czechoslovakia vs West Germany (1976)

— ITV Football (@itvfootball) October 11, 2019

— UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) May 21, 2020

5. Portugal vs England (2004)

Euro 2004. David Beckham and Darius Vassell made seven-year-old Jude cry by missing their penalties against Portugal

Ricardo taking his gloves off to save a pen and then score one is still so so iconic https://t.co/BnjLAAyK1M

— Jude Summerfield (@judesummerfield) November 16, 2020

— The Non-League Paper (@NonLeaguePaper) October 3, 2017

3. KK Palace vs. FC Civics Windhoek (2005)

Compared to the world record, however, it feels somewhat insignificant. KK Palace saw-off Civics in the 2005 Namibian Cup 17–16 after a whopping 48 penalties.

At a minute per penalty, you’re looking at a shootout longer than a whole half of football. What a world.

— MUNDIAL (H) (@MundialMag) November 22, 2019

1. Ludogorets vs Steaua Bucharest (2015)

— UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) November 8, 2019

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