NEUER READY TO GIVE ENG­LAND MORE PENALTY HEARTACHE

Weekend Witness - - Sport - — Sapa­AFP.

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.

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