England as we well know have a dire record on penalty shoot-outs where they have lost twice in the space of two years to Portugal in major tournaments. Portugal of course exited Euro 2012 on penalties last night to Spain in a rather odd state of affairs.
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So England surprise surprise, have exited yet another major tournament on penalties. Where have we heard that before?
Manchester United were held to a draw by Newcastle United and were left to rue a harsh penalty decision given against them midway through the first half which Demba Ba converted, as well as an outstanding performance in goal from Newcastle’s Tim Krul.
The date was April 1st 2006. The venue was the Reebok Stadium. The ball was in the back of the net for a 2-1 win. Nobody inside or outside the ground realized at the time that goal would be Ruud van Nistelrooy’s 150th and final Manchester United goal.
It’s a week late, but after the third weekend of the Premier League season, here’s what we learnt that weekend: