Aaron Ramsey’s cheeky panenka penalty for Wales’ opener against Serbia on Sunday night was a brilliant nod to history.
It was in the same stadium in Belgrade where Antonin Panenka scored the winner for Czechoslovakia against West Germany to win the Euro 1976 final.
Panenka got his chance in a shootout after the match finished 2–2.
The opening seven kicks were scored but when kicks were converted until West Germany’s fourth kicker fired over the top.
The attacking midfielder didn’t pick a corner like most penalty takers, instead sending keeper Sepp Maier to his left and chipping into the middle of the net.
It wasn’t a penalty shootout for Ramsey, but he still deemed the technique appropriate from the spot after the referee pointed to the spot for a shirt pull.
Although his shot sailed closer to the side netting than bold Panenka’s effort.
Wales have to win their World Cup qualifying Group D match against Branislav Ivanovic’s home side to keep their hopes of reaching Russia 2018 alive.
The goal saw most fans impressed, including Ramsey’s London club, but friction in the stands saw Wales and Serbia fans clash briefly.
The finish means Ramsey has been involved in five goals in his last six games for Wales, and a bit of a hero should it prove the winner.
But it’s fair to say the reaction would be different if it didn’t find the back of the net.