Benzema speaks about his cool Champions League Panenka against Man City

  • Benzema explains the ridiculously cool Champions League Panenka penalty against Man City.

Benzema speak about his cool Champions League Panenka against Man City
Benzema speaks about his cool Champions League Panenka against Man City

Karim Benzema has recalled how his calm Panenka penalty against Man City helped Real Madrid advance to the Champions League final last season.

France forward admitted that he was hoping for a big game to deliver a similar penalty kick to Zinedine Zidane’s from the 2006 final against Italy.

And he did just that late on in the first leg of Real’s semi-final clash with City, clipping his penalty over to make it 4-3 on the night, with Los Blancos dramatically overturning that one-goal deficit in the leg.


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Speaking to streamer Zack Nani, Benzema said: “If you don’t take a penalty you can’t miss them. And the opposing goalkeeper is paid to save penalties, so unless you take a penalty I don’t know where… For this penalty, I look at the score, time, etc.

“I wanted to do a Panenka, it had been a while. But I was waiting for a big match, so that it would stay, like for Zizou’s Panenka in the final. I was waiting and there I had an opportunity while during the weekend before, a goalkeeper had stopped me for two penalties. So I was waiting, zero pressure. I put the ball down, Panenka, goal.”

This season, there have been concerns about the Frenchman’s injuries, who won the Ballon d’Or. He has missed games twice, most recently because of a sore muscle but Benzema will be in Real Madrid’s matchday squad in their La Liga clash against Rao Vallecano on November 7.

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