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Saka, Mbappe and the European Championship stars who missed in penalty shootouts

Kylian Mbappe, Bukayo Saka, 2023

A penalty shootout is the most nerve-wracking element of a knockout game, with fans, players and coaches all bound by the nail-biting feeling of being invested in the result.

Some of the world’s best ever players have missed penalties during their careers, but missing in a shootout is another level given the magnitude of what is at stake.

Furthermore, missing a penalty for your country in a tournament penalty shootout is one of the worst things that can happen to a footballer on the pitch.

However, it has happened many times in the European Championship.

How many players have missed during a penalty shootout in European Championship history?

In total, 54 players have missed in a European Championship penalty shootout during the competition’s history. The first to do so was Ulrich Hoeness in the 1976 edition, with his miss ensuring West Germany were defeated by Czechoslovakia in the final.

Fulvio Collovati was next in 1980, as he missed the decisive penalty for Italy during their third-place play-off match against Czechoslovakia.

Preben Elkjaer missed for Denmark in the 1984 semi-final, while Netherlands legend Marco van Basten fell to the same fate in 1992.

In 1996, five players missed during penalty shootouts, including Fernando Hierro, Clarence Seedorf and Gareth Southgate.

Euro 2000 was also littered with big-name stars missing during penalty shootouts, as Frank de Boer, Jaap Stam and Paolo Maldini all failed to convert from the spot.

David Beckham, Rui Costa and Zlatan Ibrahimovic were among those to miss in 2004, while Luka Modric, Ivan Rakitic and Antonio Di Natale were unable to score their penalties in 2008.

Six players missed in penalty shootouts during the 2012 European Championship, including Ashley Cole and Xabi Alonso. That number rose to nine for 2016, including Thomas Muller and Mesut Ozil, and a tournament record 14 in 2021.

Kylian Mbappe was the only player to miss during France’s last-16 shootout defeat to Switzerland, while Sergio Busquets, Fabian Schar, Rodri, Manuel Akanji and Ruben Vargas all missed in the quarter-final penalty shootout between Switzerland and Spain.

Kylian Mbappe missed his penalty during France's penalty shootout loss to Switzerland
© IMAGO – Kylian Mbappe missed his penalty during France’s penalty shootout loss to Switzerland

Dani Olmo and Alvaro Morata then missed for Spain as they crashed out at the semi-final stage, before five players failed to convert their spot-kick during the penalty shootout between England and Italy in the final.

Andrea Belotti and Jorginho missed for Italy, while Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka were unable to score for England, meaning Southgate’s side fell to defeat.

Every player to have missed a penalty in a European Championship shootout

Player Country Tournament Round Shootout Win?
Ulrich Hoeness West Germany 1976 Final No
Fulvio Collovati Italy 1980 3rd Place Play-Off No
Preben Elkjaer Denmark 1984 Semi-Final No
Marco van Basten Netherlands 1992 Semi-Final No
Fernando Hierro Spain 1996 Quarter-Final No
Miguel Angel Nadal Spain 1996 Quarter-Final No
Clarence Seedorf Netherlands 1996 Quarter-Final No
Reynald Pedros France 1996 Semi-Final No
Gareth Southgate England 1996 Semi-Final No
Frank de Boer Netherlands 2000 Semi-Final No
Jaap Stam Netherlands 2000 Semi-Final No
Paolo Maldini Italy 2000 Semi-Final Yes
Paul Bosvelt Netherlands 2000 Semi-Final No
David Beckham England 2004 Quarter-Final No
Rui Costa Portugal 2004 Quarter-Final Yes
Darius Vassell England 2004 Quarter-Final No
Zlatan Ibrahimovic Sweden 2004 Quarter-Final No
Phillip Cocu Netherlands 2004 Quarter-Final Yes
Olof Mellberg Sweden 2004 Quarter-Final No
Luka Modric Croatia 2008 Quarter-Final No
Ivan Rakitic Croatia 2008 Quarter-Final No
Mladen Petric Croatia 2008 Quarter-Final No
Daniele De Rossi Italy 2008 Quarter-Final No
Daniel Guiza Spain 2008 Quarter-Final Yes
Antonio Di Natale Italy 2008 Quarter-Final No
Riccardo Montolivo Italy 2012 Quarter-Final Yes
Ashley Young England 2012 Quarter-Final No
Ashley Cole England 2012 Quarter-Final No
Xabi Alonso Spain 2012 Quarter-Final Yes
Joao Moutinho Portugal 2012 Quarter-Final No
Bruno Alves Portugal 2012 Quarter-Final No
Granit Xhaka Switzerland 2016 Last-16 No
Jakub Blaszczykowski Poland 2016 Quarter-Final No
Thomas Muller Germany 2016 Quarter-Final Yes
Simone Zaza Italy 2016 Quarter-Final No
Mesut Ozil Germany 2016 Quarter-Final Yes
Graziano Pelle Italy 2016 Quarter-Final No
Bastian Schweinsteiger Germany 2016 Quarter-Final Yes
Leonardo Bonucci Italy 2016 Quarter-Final No
Matteo Darmian Italy 2016 Quarter-Final No
Kylian Mbappe France 2021 Last-16 No
Sergio Busquets Spain 2021 Quarter-Final Yes
Fabian Schar Switzerland 2021 Quarter-Final No
Rodri Spain 2021 Quarter-Final Yes
Manuel Akanji Switzerland 2021 Quarter-Final No
Ruben Vargas Switzerland 2021 Quarter-Final No
Manuel Locatelli Italy 2021 Semi-Final Yes
Dani Olmo Spain 2021 Semi-Final No
Alvaro Morata Spain 2021 Semi-Final No
Andrea Belotti Italy 2021 Final Yes
Marcus Rashford England 2021 Final No
Jadon Sancho England 2021 Final No
Jorginho Italy 2021 Final Yes
Bukayo Saka England 2021 Final No
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