NEUER READY TO GIVE ENGLAND MORE PENALTY HEARTACHE
ERASMIA — Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer insists he will be ready to give England more World Cup heartache should tomorrow’s Round of 16 clash against England be decided by a penalty shootout.
Germany have won all four of their penalty shootouts at World Cup finals and the 24yearold Neuer says he has no intention of seeing that record broken should the game with England be decided by the dreaded spotkicks.
“We hope it won’t get as far as that, but if it does, I will be ready,” said the Schalke 04 shotstopper.
“As a goalkeeper you can only win at a penalty shootout as nothing is really expected of you, I never approach shootouts in a negative manner.
“I will prepare for it of course, we have some good penalty takers, but so do they, we just have to play the memory game.”
Few England fans will need reminding of the heartbreak of Turin in the 1990 World Cup semifinal when Chris Waddle and Stuart Pearce both missed penalties as Germany won the shootout 43 on their way to winning the title.
Germany’s amazing run of penalty shootout success started at the 1982 World Cup in Spain when they beat France 54 on spotkicks in the semifinal, before losing the final to Italy.
They then beat hosts Mexico 41 in a quarterfinal shootout at the 1986 World Cup on their way to losing the final 32 to Argentina.