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5 legendary players who missed important penalties for their national teams

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When England lost to Italy in the UEFA Euro 2020 final at Wembley on Sunday, another penalty in the big tournament was heartbreaking. Marcus Rashford scored, Gianluigi Donnarumma saved Jadon Sancho and Bucaio Saka’s clear shots to take them to Rome.

The England players, along with head coach Gareth Southgate, have come under a lot of criticism. Many questioned Southgate for choosing Rashford, Sancho and 19-year-old Saka in the penalty shootout before other experienced players on the field.

Although we lost the penalty shootout, the criticism of the three players is absolutely unfounded. Racial insults are really unacceptable because these players dare to increase their penalties. Why blame Saka, Rashford and Sancho if the best players haven’t conceded major penalties in years?

Here we take a look at five legendary players who missed the decisive penalties for their country:


# 5 David Beckham, England and Portugal, 2004 Euro Quarterfinals

David Beckham blazed his penalty over against Portugal in the UEFA Euro 2004 quarterfinal.

It was the worst start for a team whose confidence in the penalty shootout was already low. As a result, Portugal won 6-5 as the whole team and nation were devastated and rejected them in the most brutal way.


№4 Zico, Brazil and France, 1986 FIFA World Cup quarterfinals

Zico was unable to win the 1986 FIFA World Cup for Brazil.

Within the series, Zico scored, but the misses of Socrates and Julio Caesar sent cargo to Brazil. It turned out to be Zico’s last game for Brazil at the World Cup.

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