Ten Biggest Misses Ever During a Penalty Shootout
Throughout the history of football, there have been many great matches that have ended during penalty shootouts.
During the penalty shootout, many heroes have been born for great saves that have gotten their side a trophy or advancement onto the next round, or missed to ruin their side's chances of advancing or preventing your side from winning.
This is a list of the players who missed and ruined their side's chances of winning.
So here is a list of the 10 players who cost their side in the ultimate battle of nerves: a penalty shootout.
10. Marco van Basten - Euro 1992 Quarterfinal
In the 1992 European Championships semifinal, Denmark and the Netherlands (who won the last European Championship in 1988) drew to a 2-2 game and the game went onto penalties.
During the second round of the shootout, Dutch legend (and the FIFA World Player of the Year) Marco van Basten went and took his penalty, but it was stopped by Danish keeper Peter Schmeichel and Denmark beat the Netherlands 5-4 on penalties as they went on to win Euro 1992.
9. Frank Lampard - 2006 World Cup Quarterfinal
In the 2006 World Cup in Germany, England, and Portugal played in a heated quarterfinal between the two that saw England's Wayne Rooney get a Red Card for a stomp on Portugal's Ricardo Carvalho.
The game remained scoreless for 120 minutes, which brought the quarterfinal onto penalties and England's first man for the penalty shootout was Frank Lampard, whose shot went right into the arms of Ricardo Pereira, which was the first of three penalty misses by England.
They got eliminated from the World Cup, and Portugal lost the third place game to Germany.
8. David Beckham - Euro 2004 Quarterfinal
In Euro 2004, the English national side faced off against Portugal in the quarterfinals.
After a thrilling 120 minutes in which the score was 2-2, the game went to penalties. In the first round for England, captain David Beckham went up to the spot against Ricardo Pereira and as he ran up to take his penalty, the pitch appeared to give way as Beckham's penalty went way over the crossbar.
Even though England was able to recover to send the penalty shootout past the fifth round, England still lost and Beckham blamed himself for the penalty miss as Portugal went on to lose the final.
7. Gareth Southgate - Euro 1996 Semifinal
In Euro 1996, England were the hosts and they were on the verge of making their first cup final since the 1966 World Cup (also in England) with a win over Germany at the old Wembley Stadium.
Early on, Alan Shearer gave England the lead with a goal but it was equalized by Stefan Kuntz.
After there were no more goals throughout the game and the game went to penalties. After the first five shooters from each side were able to score, England called on defender Gareth Southgate to take their sixth penalty.
Southgate took his penalty and it was stopped by Andreas Köpke, causing England to get eliminated from their tournament.
After the miss, Southgate got consoled by England manager Terry Venables over the miss, and Germany went on to win the final over the Czech Republic.
6. Stuart Pearce and Chris Waddle - 1990 World Cup Semifinal
In the semifinal of the 1990 World Cup, England faced Germany with a chance to go to their first World Cup final since 1966 on the line.
After playing the Germans to a 1-1 draw, the game went to penalties. After England scored on their first three penalties, Stuart Pearce had a chance to give the English the lead but his shot was off the legs of German keeper Bodo Illgner's legs, which put England down in the shootout.
In the next round, Chris Waddle's shot went over the bar, eliminating England and allowing Germany to go to the final, where they beat Argentina.
5. Roberto Donadoni - 1990 World Cup Semifinal
In the 1990 World Cup, hosts Italy played the defending World Cup champions Argentina in Naples with one of the two sides going to the World Cup final.
However, both sides played to a 1-1 draw and a penalty shootout would decide which side would go to the World Cup final.
In the fourth round, Roberto Donadoni faced Argentine keeper Sergio Goycochea and his shot was stopped, which, coupled with a miss by Aldo Serena in the next round, eliminated Italy and Argentina went onto the World Cup final, where they lost to Germany and Italy beat England in the third place game.
4. Andriy Shevchenko - 2005 UEFA Champions League Final
In the 2005 Champions League final, AC Milan and Liverpool played in the Atatürk Stadium in Istanbul, Turkey in the biggest annual club competition in Europe.
In the first half, Milan grabbed a 3-0 lead but Liverpool completed a comeback for the ages and tied the game at three, which remained the same as the game went to penalties.
In the final round of penalties, Milan's Andriy Shevchenko had to score in order to keep Milan in the shootout but his shot went right down the middle, which was stopped by Jerzy Dudek and Liverpool won their fifth European Championship.
3. David Trezeguet - 2006 World Cup Final
In the 2006 World Cup final, rivals France and Italy faced each with the World Cup title on the line.
After goals by Zinedine Zidane and Marco Materazzi got the game to be 1-1 and Zidane head-butted Materazzi to the ground, earning Zidane a Red Card, the game went to penalties.
In the second round of penalties, France's David Trezeguet hit the crossbar, which turned out to be the only non-goal during the shootout as Italy won the World Cup.
2. John Terry - 2008 UEFA Champions League Final
In the first ever all-English Champions League final, Chelsea faced Manchester United in Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium.
After goals by Cristiano Ronaldo and Frank Lampard were not able to solve anything, the game went to penalties and it appeared that Ronaldo was the goat after failing to score on his penalty but it all came down to Chelsea captain John Terry.
However, Terry became the goat as he slipped on the pitch as he took his shot, which hit the outside of the post and kept United in the penalty shootout, which they were later able to win after United keeper Edwin Van de Sar was able to stop an Nicholas Anelka penalty, giving Man United the Champions League final.
1. Roberto Baggio - 1994 World Cup Final
In the 1994 World Cup final, superpowers Brazil and Italy met at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California to decide who would win the World Cup. However for the first time in World Cup finals history, there were 120 minutes played but there were no goals and this became the first ever World Cup final that would be decided on penalty kicks.
During the penalty shootout, Franco Baresi and Daniele Massaro both already had missed for Italy, and it was now up to Roberto Baggio, who was having an incredible World Cup, to tie up the shootout and try to get a save on the next Brazilian shooter to win the World Cup.
However, Baggio's shot went way over the crossbar and Brazil won their fourth World Cup title.
Honorary Mention: Diana Ross - 1994 World Cup Opening Ceremony
During the introductory ceremonies to the 1994 World Cup at Chicago's Soldier Field, American singer Diana Ross was the main performer and at the end of her performance, she was supposed to put away a penalty kick from several feet away from a makeshift goal.
However for some strange reason, Diana Ross' shot went completely wide of the net and the goal split open for no apparent reason.