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Antonin Panenka 'Proud' That Sergio Ramos Is Using His Penalty Technique

Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistNovember 13, 2018

Real Madrid's Spanish defender Sergio Ramos shoots a penalty kick to score a goal to Celta Vigo's Spanish goalkeeper Sergio Alvarez during the Spanish league football match between RC Celta de Vigo and Real Madrid CF at the Balaidos stadium in Vigo on November 11, 2018. (Photo by MIGUEL RIOPA / AFP)        (Photo credit should read MIGUEL RIOPA/AFP/Getty Images)
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Antonin Panenka has said he is "proud" that Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos is using his eponymous penalty-taking technique.

The Los Blancos captain has taken over penalty duties at the Santiago Bernabeu this season following the summer sale of Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus, and he scored from the spot in the 4-2 win over Celta Vigo on Sunday.

Ramos dinked the ball down the middle, deceiving the goalkeeper in a manner similar to Panenka's famous effort for Czechoslovakia in their 1976 European Championship final shootout victory against West Germany in Belgrade.

The 69-year-old told AS that it's good to see his technique is still being used:

"Of course, I know that Ramos is taking penalties in my style, everyone says so. It's making Belgrade 1976 come back to our lives again. I appreciate it greatly. What memories and chills!

"I'm really proud that Ramos has developed a taste for shooting penalties like that, as do many other top-level players. Ramos is undoubtedly one of the best in the world. It is not the first time he uses my shot, he is a regular, and I am glad that he is."

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Panenka, who scored 17 goals in 59 appearances for his country, added that while Ramos' first efforts at the technique were "not the prettiest," the one against Celta was "one of the most elegantly executed Panenka penalties I've ever seen him do."

Eleven Sports provided footage of the effort:

Eleven Sports @ElevenSports_UK

| GOAL! | Ketchup with that, Sergio Alvarez? 🍟 Real Madrid's Sergio Ramos toys with the Celta Vigo stopper and beats him with a panenka. #LaLiga https://t.co/JEhU6d1Riq

Following Ronaldo's exit, the Madrid captain has blossomed into an expert penalty-taker:

OptaJose @OptaJose

5 - No other player from the top five European leagus has scored more penalties than Sergio Ramos this season in all competitions (level with Lille’s Nicolas Pepe). Panenka. https://t.co/XdvLNpg1Pb

The goal effectively made the match safe for Madrid in a potentially testing away game.

After leading 2-0 they were pegged back by the Galician outfit, before the penalty eradicated any thoughts of a Celta comeback. It was a fourth win in a row for Santiago Solari since he took over at the Santiago Bernabeu too.

Ramos has regularly proven himself to be a man for the big occasion with Madrid, excelling in crunch matches and UEFA Champions League finals down the years, so it was no surprise to see him convert that effort.

Real have won the Champions League in four of the last five seasons and for the last three years in a row, and the 32-year-old has been key in those triumphs.

Ramos' next opportunity to show off his ability from the spot for his club will come after the international break against Eibar on November 24.

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