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Dirk Nowitzki copies Simone Zaza’s Euro 2016 penalty

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Sadly for Simone Zaza, there’s a good chance the one thing he’ll be remembered is that awful penalty during the European Championships.

The Italian was subbed on by Antonio Conte especially to take a spot-kick in the quarter-final against Germany, but ended up missing following a ridiculously bizarre run-up.

Zaza took a series of small steps before smashing the ball high over the crossbar.

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Italy went on to lose the shoot-out 6-5 - and Zaza apologised for ‘letting the Italian people down’ after arriving back in his home country.

“I missed the most important penalty of my life and I will carry this burden with me forever,” the Juventus forward was quoted as saying by The Sun. “I have always taken penalties like that and I was convinced I would score, I had sent him [Neuer] the wrong way but the ball set off and it went like that.”

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Video: Nowitzki attempts the Zaza penalty

However, one man’s pain is another man’s source of hilarity.

Many people were left cracking up at Zaza’s attempted penalty and NBA star Dirk Nowitzki clearly still finds the incident amusing - almost a month on since that Euro 2016 quarter-final.

The Dallas Mavericks veteran, who was born and raised in Germany, attempted to emulate Zaza’s penalty in a charity match between Nowitzki All Stars and Nationale Piloti.

Nowitzki raised his legs higher than Zaza - adding to the comedic value of his spot-kick - and then hammered the ball into Row Z while sporting a big smile on his face.

In truth, it wasn’t any worse than Zaza’s effort.

He also attempted an overhead kick...

During the same match, the 38-year-old also attempted a bicycle kick with predictably hilarious results.

At seven feet tall, it was always going to be difficult for Nowitzki to execute the perfect overhead kick.

Get on YouTube and watch some old Peter Crouch videos, Dirk.

Whose penalty was funnier: Dirk Nowitzki’s or Simone Zaza’s? Have your say in the comments below.

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