Top Five: Final penalty shoot-outs

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Chelsea are the latest team to enjoy sweet success from the penalty spot, beating Bayern Munich after Saturday night’s 1-1 draw in the Champions League final at the Allianz Arena.

Petr Cech proved to be the difference from 12 yards, guessing correctly for all five efforts and making two pivotal saves before Didier Drogba wrapped things up for the travelling Blues. His striker left the Bundesliga giants heart-broken on home soil.

That’s the lottery of penalties though, making great players like Juan Mata and Bastian Schweinsteiger human in such high-pressure environments. And to celebrate Chelsea’s success, GMF looks back on five other fantastic final shoot-outs in football history

Did we miss any? Have your say at the end of the article…

Liverpool 1-1 Roma (Liverpool win 4-2 on pens)

European Cup final ‘84

A match that became legendary for goalkeeper Bruce Grobbelaar’s antics between the sticks during the shoot-out, after Roberto Pruzzo had canceled out Phil Neal’s early strike.

Like Chelsea in 2012, the Reds missed their first penalty when Steve Nicol was denied, and skipper Agostino Di Bartolomei put the Italians in front. Regular taker Phil Neal made it 1-1 with his effort, before Bruno Conti fired over the crossbar.

Graeme Souness and Ubaldo Righetti traded blows before the drama began, then Ian Rush did his job for the Merseysiders and Francesco Graziani stepped forward. Then the Zimbabwean stopper took over, with comical movements then led to the Italian striker firing over the bar. Alan Kennedy stepped up to win the cup.

Brazil 0-0 Italy (Brazil win 3-2 on pens)

World Cup final ‘94

After what can only be described as one of the worst World Cup finals in history, Brazil and Italy produced a memorable shoot-out after the match went past the 120-minute mark.

The first time this showpiece event had ever gone the distance, defenders Franco Baresi and Marcio Santos traded misses to kick things off, before Demetrio Albertini and Romario and showed how things should be done.

Alberigo Evani and Branco both scored to keep it level at 2-2, before Daniele Massaro blew his big moment for the Azzurri. Dunga made no mistake to put the Selecao on the cusp of glory, and Roberto Baggio duly obliged by sending his shot high into the American sky.

Liverpool 3-3 AC Milan (Liverpool win 3-2 on pens)

Champions League final ‘05

What a final, what a shoot-out. Liverpool snatched victory from the jaws of defeat after going 3-0 down to the Italians, with goals from Paolo Maldini and Hernan Crespo (2) putting AC in command.

However, goals from Steven Gerrard, Vladimir Smicer and Xabi Alonso pulled the Reds level in the second-half, and sent the game to penalties.

Jerzy Dudek took inspiration from Grobbelaar 21 years before, producing his own ‘jelly legs’ from the start as Serginho blasted over. Didi Hamann made no mistake to put the Reds in-front, and then the Polish stopper did it again, this time saving Andrea Pirlo’s effort.

Djibril Cisse made it 2-0, and the pressure was on after Jon Dahl Tomasson scored and the Jon Arne Riise missed for the Merseyside giants. Kaka pulled the scores level, before Smicer hit the target again to nudge Rafa Benitez’s side ahead again.

And it was Dudek who did it again at the last, baffling Andriy Shevchenko with his movement on the line and then pushing away his poor chip to start wild celebrations in Istanbul.

Italy 1-1 France (Italy win 5-3 on pens)

World Cup final ‘06

A final best remembered for Zinadine Zidane’s moment of madness and head-butt on Marco Materazzi. Les Bleus had chances to win this after ‘Zizu’ put them in-front, but the giant Italian defender equalised after just 19 minutes of play.

With no more goals in over 100 minutes of play, it was the spot that would decide the winner in Germany, and Italy were perfect with goals from Pirlo, Materazzi, Daniele De Rossi, Alessandro Del Piero and Fabio Grosso.

Sylvain Wiltord had leveled with his first penalty, but David Trezeguet’s miss would ultimately prove decisive despite goals from Eric Abidal and Willy Sagnol after.

Manchester United 1-1 Chelsea (Man Utd win 6-5 on pens)

Champions League final ‘08

Goals from Cristiano Ronaldo and Frank Lampard meant this final would go the distance in Moscow on a soaking night in Russia – weather that would ultimately play its part in the outcome.

Carlos Tevez, Michael Ballack, Michael Carrick and Juliano Belletti all traded blows at the start of the shoot-out, before Ronaldo’s miss handed Chelsea the advantage. Frank Lampard made it count, before Owen Hargreaves and Ashley Cole traded strikes. Luis Nani scored to put the pressure on John Terry.

And, with the trophy in his sights, the Blues’ skipper slipped at the vital moment, sending his penalty onto the post and away to send it into sudden death. Anderson and Salomon Kalou held their nerve to make it 5-5.

Ryan Giggs slotted home to make it 6-5 United, and when Edwin Van der Sar guessed right to save Nicolas Anelka’s spot kick, the trophy was heading back to Old Trafford.

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