Thomas Muller steps out of penalty duty for remainder at Euro 2016

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Thomas Muller has confirmed he will not volunteer to take penalties for Germany during the European Championship campaign despite the possibility of two more shootouts in the coming days.

Joachim Low's men needed extra time and penalties to see off Italy in Saturday's quarter-final tie and came through it despite missing three of their opening five.

Bayern Munich star Muller was one of the players to miss with Gianluigi Buffon saving his kick. It was the second successive penalty he missed after failing for Bayern Munich in the Champions League semi-final second leg against Atletico Madrid.


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As a result, the attacker has confirmed he will refuse to take another penalty but will instead go back to the training ground to practice his technique.

Muller told Sport Bild: "I will not be taking any penalties for the next two weeks. I will work on my technique at penalties for a bit and I will be back stronger in one or two months or so. I will take a step back and let others do the business for now."

An exception

Germany will face France in the semi-finals on Thursday in what is expected to be another tough game for the reigning world champions. It brings up the possibility of another penalty shootout in which Muller may be required to take another spot-kick regardless of his reservations.

And he was quick to reaffirm that he is ready to step up in that instance, saying: "If a match goes to penalties again and we need someone, I will be available. But I will not be asking to take one myself."

Another victim

While Muller may be lacking in self-belief for the time being, Germany fans will be hoping Mesut Ozil comes to a similar conclusion. The Arsenal playmaker also missed his penalty during a dramatic shootout with his tame effort bouncing harmlessly off Buffon's post.

It is the second time Ozil has failed to score from 12-yards during the competition after he failed to convert a penalty against Slovakia in normal time. Luckily, neither were punished but it means he has now missed four of his last five for club and country.

Wrong end

But were Ozil and Muller set up for failure by their captain Bastian Schweinsteiger? The veteran midfielder won the coin toss prior to the penalty shootout but strangely picked the side where the Italian fans were situated.

“Yes, I won both coin flips,” the Manchester United midfielder was quoted as saying by Bild. “I thought back how previous penalty shoot-outs went.

"I remembered the shootout in Munich (Bayern’s Champions League final defeat to Chelsea) when we did it at our stand. Then I remembered the shootout in Madrid (when Bayern won on penalties in the Champions League semi-finals), where we did it in front of the Madrid stand.

“The first penalty shootout of this Euro was won by Poland, who chose to do it in front of the swiss stand. So I thought, let’s shoot at the Italian side, and give the Italian fans something to be happy about.”

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