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There was a historic penalty shoot-out in the semi-final of the Women’s Under-17 European Championships

The game was the first example of a new form of penalties currently being trialled by UEFA

*Spoiler alert*

This article contains several mentions of penalties. Any fans of the England national team should look away now and re-watch footage of the 1966 World Cup final.

It’s alright Gareth, there’s a Pizza Hut endorsement in the post

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It’s alright Gareth, there’s a Pizza Hut endorsement in the post

The semi-final of the Women’s Under-17 European Championships took place between Germany and Norway yesterday, and it was nothing short of historic.

Neither team could find a winner in normal time, meaning the game went to penalties. But can you spot what was different about the shoot-out?

The shoot-out featured a new ‘ABBA’ system, being trialled by UEFA, which mirrors the way in which tennis players serve out a tie-break.

Instead of alternating, Germany took first, followed by two penalties from Norway, two from Germany and so on.

You’re looking at history in the making

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You’re looking at history in the making

The system is designed to limit the psychological disadvantage of having to follow in a penalty shoot-out.

But did it work?

Germany started with three penalty misses, but still went on to win the shoot-out.

But you already knew that. The Germans always win at penalties.